Conditions of Entry Removed for Vessels Arriving in U.S. from Cuba
The Coast Guard has announced that effective March 22 it is removing the conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the U.S. that visited ports in Cuba during their last five port calls. These conditions, which focus on ensuring the security of the vessels while in a foreign port, were imposed in 2008 after the Coast Guard determined that ports in Cuba were not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Based on port assessments conducted in February the Coast Guard has now reversed that determination.
With this change, the current list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and therefore subject to conditions of entry is as follows: Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela and Yemen. Vessels arriving in the U.S. that visited ports in these countries during their last five port calls but do not comply with the conditions of entry may be denied entry into the U.S.