Lonely Planet Writer

Cuba and USA restore relations, reopen embassies

The embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana are opening their doors, marking the official reinstatement of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls near the U.S. Interests Section building, behind, in Havana, Sunday, July 19, 2015.
A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls near the U.S. Interests Section building, behind, in Havana, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Image by AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

The opening of the Cuban embassy will be inaugurated with a small flag-raising ceremony, and Senator John Kerry is scheduled to visit and anoint the American embassy in Cuba later this summer, which will be the first visit to the country by a US Secretary of State in seventy years. At this point in time, travel restrictions still remain in place, as does the trade embargo, a measure which cannot be lifted without US Congressional support.

Read more: bbc.co.uk; theguardian.com