It Just Got a Lot Easier to Fly to Cuba

December 18, 2015, 8:27 PM UTC
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The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to resume commercial flights between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years.

Though a date is not yet set for when the flights will begin, government officials don’t expect anything to derail the plans. A total of 110 round-trip flights will be allowed to travel from the U.S. to Cuba per day, according to Reuters.

While the agreement resumes commercial air services between the countries, the U.S. still has a tourism ban in Cuba. Visitors to the island must fit one of 12 criteria, including travel to visit family, conduct journalism, perform humanitarian work, or participate in an educational tour.

“While U.S. law continues to prohibit travel to Cuba for tourist activities, a stronger civil aviation relationship will facilitate growth in authorized travel between our two countries—a critical component of the President’s policy toward Cuba,” according to the U.S. Department of State.

In a press briefing Thursday, State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the commercial flight resumption is “just one step” in the two countries’ efforts to normalize relations since last year’s restoration of diplomatic ties.

In August, Fortune discussed traveling tips for Americans planning to visit the country. Earlier that month, Fidel Castro called out the U.S. by saying the country owed Cuba millions of dollars.

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