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Good News, US Citizens: Cuban Cigars And Rum For Everyone! (Kind Of)

But good luck getting to Cuba to pick up the goods.
Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 16, 2017

If you love Cuban cigars and rum, listen up. The rumors are true.

U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba can bring back as much of the country's tobacco and alcohol as they want. Well, kind of.

The Obama administration said Friday it's easing restrictions on Cuba to promote economy and travel between the two countries.

Under the new rules, American travelers are no longer limited to bringing home up to $100 worth of alcohol and tobacco products.

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But there are a few catches. First, cigars and rum brought back from Cuba must be for personal use only. And you have to get the goods in person — no online ordering from the couch allowed.

But getting there is the real challenge. U.S. citizens still can't go to Cuba for tourism.

People have sidestepped that restriction by visiting for educational, religious or humanitarian reasons. But if you're trying to go just for the cigars and rum, good luck.

Aside from the booze and smokes, the Obama administration's newest set of regulations also makes it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals and for Cubans to buy American goods online, among other things.