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National Symphony of Cuba Forced to Cancel US Tour


The National Symphony of Cuba announced that its 2019 US tour is canceled due to difficulties in obtaining visas for its artists. Last month, the US announced the withdrawal of 60% of its Cuban diplomats is now permanent. They were originally withdrawn following mysterious “health attacks” in Havana, which harmed at least 24 Americans.

In October 2017 the US State Department ordered the withdrawal of all nonessential embassy personnel. Due to lack of employees, the US Embassy in Cuba was forced to halt visa processing. Now, Cubans hoping to travel to the US must seek visas through US embassies in other countries. The downsizing of the staff, combined with a Travel Advisory issued by  the US State Department  warning Americans to reconsider travel to the island, have had a significant effect on Cuba’s economy as well.

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