Rum distilleries and shopping malls are among the Cuban businesses newly banned by the US

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A vintage car driver checks his back lights as he waits for tourists in Havana, Cuba, September 14, 2017.Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Washington has just made it tougher for Americans to visit or do business in Cuba.

The US has rolled back on some of the historic normalization efforts put in place by former President Barack Obama towards Cuba by imposing new travel and business restrictions. Plans to implement new travel restraints were announced back in June and are went into effect Thursday.

Although Congress hasn't formally lifted the economic embargo imposed on Cuba since 1962, Obama's policies allowed for increased travel, trade, and communication between US citizens and Cuba. US citizens are still able to travel to Cuba, although tourist trips are heavily regulated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and may require a license.

The State Department has published a comprehensive list of Cuban entities now banned from doing business with US citizens. From rum distilleries to shopping malls, here are some of the most interesting places listed.

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Tropicola is a popular soft drink in Cuba, sold around the world. It has become a pop culture staple, and was even the inspiration for a popular Cuban anti-consumerist anthem.

Tropicola is a popular soft drink in Cuba, sold around the world. It has become a pop culture staple, and was even the inspiration for a popular Cuban anti-consumerist anthem.

Source [Carlos Varela - Tropicollage]

5. Tropicola beverages

5. Tropicola beverages

Ron Veradero is a popular brand of rum distilled in Santiago de Cuba, which the company argues is the birthplace of rum.

Ron Veradero is a popular brand of rum distilled in Santiago de Cuba, which the company argues is the birthplace of rum.

Source [Ron Veradero]

4. Ron Veradero Rum

4. Ron Veradero Rum

The Manzana de Gomez shopping mall is one of the only luxury shopping centers in Cuba. The opulent building, which just opened in June, is filled with ornate chandeliers, polished marble floors and gleaming brass fittings.

The Manzana de Gomez shopping mall is one of the only luxury shopping centers in Cuba. The opulent building, which just opened in June, is filled with ornate chandeliers, polished marble floors and gleaming brass fittings.

Source [Inside Manzana de Gomez, Cuba's new luxury mall]

3. The Manzana de Gomez luxury shopping mall in Havana

3. The Manzana de Gomez luxury shopping mall in Havana

The Marina Gaviota Cabo de San Antonio is located in the the popular Pinar del Rio countryside province. Lonely Planet lists it as must-see destination with a "beautiful verdant countryside enriched by its proximity to the world’s best tobacco-growing terrain"

The Marina Gaviota Cabo de San Antonio is located in the the popular Pinar del Rio countryside province. Lonely Planet lists it as must-see destination with a "beautiful verdant countryside enriched by its proximity to the world’s best tobacco-growing terrain"

Source [Pinar Del Rio]

2. Marina Gaviota Cabo de San Antonio in the Pinar del Rio province

2. Marina Gaviota Cabo de San Antonio in the Pinar del Rio province

The Hotel Ambos Mundos is a popular hotel in the nation's capital, and has seen the likes of Ernest Hemingway and former US president Jimmy Carter.

The Hotel Ambos Mundos is a popular hotel in the nation's capital, and has seen the likes of Ernest Hemingway and former US president Jimmy Carter.

1. The Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana, Cuba

1. The Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana, Cuba
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