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This Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to announce changes to the U.S. policy towards Cuba, specifically a rolling back of many of the relaxed rules intruded during the Obama industry.
Last year, when he was both candidate and President-elect, Trump stated he would reverse many of the new rules regarding Cuba.
If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
For cigar smokers, this would mean removing new rules that allow for Americans traveling abroad to bring Cuban cigars back to the country without any specialized restrictions.
Currently, travelers are allowed to bring up to 100 Cuban cigars, valued at no more than $800, duty-free every 31 days. Selling Cuban cigars, importing Cuban cigars and having Cuban cigars shipped to America remain illegal.
In more broad terms, it could also mean a return to more restrictive rules regarding traveling to Cuba. Since travel restrictions were removed, many U.S. based airlines have added direct flights from Havana while other companies have invested in hotels on the island.
The move is not expected to be politically popular. A Senate bill introduced last month that would further ease travel to Cuba has 55 co-sponsors.