Since December 17 of 2014, the Obama administration has taken a series of steps to modify the implementation of the blockade, but the impact has been minimal thus far. Many aspects require Congressional action, although there is still much the President can do, using his broad executive powers
Below are some of the actions taken to date by President Obama:
1. The 12 categories of U.S. citizens permitted to travel to Cuba can do so now under a general license. Travelers are no longer subject to spending limits on the island and can use their credit and debit cards. Approved travelers can be accompanied by their families.
2. In the area of telecommunications, exports of goods and services to Cuba are authorized. The main limitation is the requirement to pay cash in advance.