Florida-Cuba ferry services approved by US

Florida-Cuba ferry services approved by US

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The US government has approved the resumption of ferry services to Cuba.

Ferry companies were banned from operating between the two countries when a trade embargo was imposed in 1960.

That ban has now been lifted, opening the door for a number of companies to start services, the BBC reported.

Ferries are unlikely to begin operating immediately due to bureaucratic hurdles, and will initially be allowed to transport cargo.

But the announcement is seen as another sign of improving relations between the US and Cuba, which restored diplomatic ties in December last year.

Despite the easing of limitations on travel services – which also saw a charter flight from New York announced by JetBlue – American citizens are currently still banned from visiting unless they meet stringent criteria.

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