European foreigners and Cubans with dual nationality who have traveled to Cuba must apply for an entry visa before visiting the United States.
European Union citizens are usually exempt from visa requirements and only need an entry permit, which they can apply online at the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) portal. However, a visit to the communist Caribbean island would complicate the process.
“If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, the traveler will no longer be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States,” warns the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) portal.
It should be noted, as reported in American Post News, in previous weeks, Cuba demanded that the United States “refrain” from judging it since, according to them, the North American country has a “deplorable track record” in this area.
The United States reinforces sanctions against Cuba.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that Europeans who have visited Cuba “will no longer be eligible” to enter the U.S. without a visa because the island is on a list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.
“If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, the traveler will no longer be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States,” the CBP website warned.
A few days ago, U.S. officials who requested anonymity leaked the decision to U.S. media and specified that it was directed against Cuba.
Until now, European Union citizens, including those born in Cuba, were exempt from visa requirements and only needed an entry permit, which they applied for online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
What is the problem between Cuba and the United States?
Tensions between the two nations peaked in 1962 after a U.S. reconnaissance plane photographed the Soviet medium-range missile installation. The discovery led to the Missile Crisis.
The U.S. embargo on Cuba is an extensive U.S. legal framework that includes laws and regulations prohibiting and regulating economic relations with Cuba. It was first imposed on arms sales on March 14, 1958, during the regime of Fulgencio Batista.