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.