Cubans and tourists lined up to change U.S. dollars into local currency Sunday, the last day to do so without paying a 10 percent surcharge that is part of a government measure to eliminate circulation of the currency on this communist-run island.
As of last week, dollars no longer were accepted at Cuban stores, restaurants, hotels or other businesses. The 10 percent surcharge taking effect today aims to further discourage people from bringing currency from Cuba's No. 1 enemy to the island.
President Fidel Castro has said use of American money was being halted to guarantee Cuba's economic independence.