22 Dec '11, 7am

Communist Cuba set to end travel restrictions: President Raul Castro is expected to announce...

Communist Cuba set to end travel restrictions: President Raul Castro is expected to announce...

HAVANA - President Raul Castro is Friday expected to announce an end to onerous, unpopular travel restrictions that have been in place for almost 50 years and which keep most Cubans from traveling abroad. The Roman Catholic Church and regime-friendly musicians like Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes have joined a chorus of Cubans calling for an end to the rules, including one that penalizes "permanent emigrants." And observers say Castro is widely expected to make the announcement in an address to the National Assembly. "Cuba normalizing its relations with Cubans who have left the country is going to have to include eliminating all restrictions," analyst Jesus Arboleya said in a recent interview in the Catholic magazine Espacio Laical. To travel abroad legally, Cubans have to obtain an expensive exit permit as well as a passport - this in a country where the average monthl...

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