President Obama Announces Administrative Actions to Ease More Restrictions on Travel to Cuba


Statement by Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators


Rebecca Morgan, 202.495.2553,
Alan Fleming, 202.495.2528,

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 – In reaction to President Obama's announcement that his administration will take action to further ease travel restrictions to Cuba, Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO of NAFSA issued the following statement:

“We applaud the Obama administration’s actions this morning, easing restrictions on ‘people to people’ educational trips to Cuba. For more than 10 years, NAFSA has advocated for opening up relations with Cuba. While these changes are a positive step forward, they will not end this 50-year-old failed policy of isolation. Legislative action must accompany executive action in order to codify this into law, freeing Americans to travel and conduct education and business interactions with Cuba as freely as we are permitted to do so with every other country in the world.

“Travel is inherently educational and a human right. Today is a major victory for NAFSA, our allies, and the Cuban and American people. As our advocates head to Capitol Hill this morning, they have momentum on their side.”