Cuban rum, cigars cleared to come into U.S.

A worker smokes a cigar while making them in a cigar factory during the week-long International Habano Cigar Festival on February 26, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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A worker smokes a cigar while making them in a cigar factory during the week-long International Habano Cigar Festival on February 26, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.

Connoisseurs of rum and cigars from Cuba, you can now enjoy the vices legally.

President Barack Obama has lifted the restrictions on Cuba's rum and cigars in the latest in a round of executive actions that have opened the borders with the communist island nation, USA Today reported.

Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced in December 2014 that the two former enemies have eased tensions after more than 50 years.

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The U.S. Treasury has issued the new rules concerning trade. Companies in the U.S. can now import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals and American companies can sell their products online.

But the latest regulatory change that will get the most focus was the complete ban on rum and cigars from Cuba.

The administration allowed $100 worth of rum and cigars in luggage in the the recent past, but now there is no limit to how much rum and cigars are allowed in checked luggage, USA Today reported.

Earlier this year, Obama eased the ban on travel to Cuba. Now, if travelers want to visit Cuba, it has to be declared an educational trip, meaning it's not technically vacation, but that visitors would meet and interact with the people of Cuba in normal settings, The Huffington Post reported.

There are actually 12 categories that a trip can fall under for a private journey to the island. The list includes not only educational trips, but also family visits, journalism or religious activities, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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