Churches Ask For End To Cuba Travel Ban

April 03, 2009

NEW YORK (UMNS)-U.S. Protestant denominations and agencies, including the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Board of Church and Society, are asking Congress to lift the travel ban that severely limits their interactions with churches in Cuba.

The letter to Congress notes that the decades-old ban particularly reduces the ability of national and regional church groups to send delegations to Cuba and support church partners in that country. Congress recently passed legislation that permits U.S. citizens with relatives in Cuba to visit more often and for longer periods than in the past.

The relaxation of the restrictions on relative visits did not affect the general travel ban. The letter asks for support of H.R. 874 in the House and S. 428 in the Senate, bills that would lift the travel ban.