Travel to the United States is now easier for previous visitors to Cuba, thanks to changes in visa conditions.
The US Department of State had most recently designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism on 12 January 2021.
This means that people who travelled to Cuba on or after 1 March 2011 and before 12 January 2021 can now apply for the visa waiver known as Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), instead of a US Visa.
Previously, it had insisted that the ESTA ban was backdated to 1 March 2011.
For British travellers, the US visa application involves an in-person appointment in London or Belfast and the cost of the visa is $160 (£130), whereas the ESTA involves an online process and costs $21.
If a traveller is found to have visited a country designated as State Sponsor of Terrorism, such as Cuba, they are not eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a visa to enter the US. Therefore, if a traveller entered Cuba since 12 January 2021 and wishes to travel to the US, they must still apply for a US visa.