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US Coast Guard Removes Conditions Of Entry On Cuban Vessels

050427-N-1825E-084 Persian Gulf (April 27, 2005) – Coast Guardsmen aboard U.S Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy (WPB 1326) wave good-bye to the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 74) after the first underway fuel replenishment (UNREP) between a U.S. Navy cruiser and a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter. Antietam completed fuel replenishment with the Monomoy in about two hours and saved the 110-foot patrol boat a four-hour trip to the nearest refueling station. Antietam and Monomoy are conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf as part of Commander, Task Force Five Eight CTF-58). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Joseph Ebalo (RELEASED)

US Coast Guard Removes Conditions Of Entry On Cuban Vessels

WASHINGTON, DC Mar. 20, (CMC) – The United States Coast Guard has removed the Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from Cuba.

Following a comprehensive assessment, the Coast Guard said, it has determined that “Cuba meets the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code requirements established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and has effective security measures in their ports”.

“Vessels arriving to the US are no longer required to employ additional security measures while in Cuban ports,” said the US Coast Guard in a statement, on Friday.

Conditions of Entry related to Cuban ports were originally imposed in 2008.

However, the Coast Guard says, all US immigration policies remain unchanged, adding, that the Office of Foreign Assets Control travel restrictions remain in effect.

Additionally, the Coast Guard said, the governing regulations, entitled “Unauthorized Entry to Cuba,” also remain in effect.

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