Are you an American traveling to London, Montreal or Paris? That Cuban cigar you're eyeing in the shop window will be legal to smoke tomorrow.
Today the U.S. Government announced changes to the longstanding ban on Cuban goods, including the nation's legendary cigars. Starting on March 16, Americans located in a third-party country are no longer prohibited from buying or acquiring Cuban-origin goods or services for personal consumption while traveling abroad. Previously, it was illegal for American citizens to buy Cuban cigars in another country.
That means you can now legally smoke that Cohiba in the Lanesborough Hotel in London, enjoy that Regional Edition Edmundo Dantes while on the beach in Cancún and have that Monte 2 after dinner in St. Barth's—with a glass (or two) of Havana Club 7 year old rum.
The changes come as President Obama is preparing for his landmark visit to Cuba next week.
The embargo remains in effect, and Americans are still prohibited from bringing Cuban cigars into the country (save for a mere $100 worth on authorized visits to Cuba from the United States) and the shipping of Cuban goods to the United States from anywhere remains off limits.
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