Restrictions On Cuban Cigars & Rum Are Finally Lifted

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Barack Obama is finishing up his second and final term as President with a bang. He just came through in a major way by lifting restrictions on the amount of Cuban cigars and rum Americans can bring home. Here’s USA Today with the details.

The Obama administration announced Friday a new round of executive actions designed to increase trade and travel with the communist island. And this is the one many Americans have been waiting for — no more restrictions on the island’s famed rum and cigars.

Under the new rules, which go into effect Monday, travelers can purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars in any country where they are sold so long as they are for personal consumption. Sorry American couch potatoes: You can’t order Cuban rum and cigars online and have them shipped to your home.

The old limit was $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum for Americans that traveled directly to Cuba, so this is absolutely fantastic news. I might bring an extra piece of luggage on my next trip abroad strictly to fill that sucker to the brim with Cuban cigars. I still have a messy relationship with rum after a disastrous tango with Captain Morgan as a 17-year-old. Time apparently doesn’t heal all wounds.

I love my Cubans, though, as there’s nothing better than ripping a cigar after a long day. Talk about living the high life.

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