09 May '11, 8pm

Cubans to be allowed to travel

Cubans to be allowed to travel

HAVANA: Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad as tourists for the first time in more than 50 years, the government of Raul Castro announced Monday while leaving details about the reform to be determined. The measure is one of 313 reforms approved by the Communist Party Congress in mid-April. The point, published in a government-distributed tabloid sheet, reads: "Study a policy that allows Cubans living in the country to travel abroad as tourists." The document gives no further detail on the travel policy or date at which it may be implemented, but makes official the decision to authorize travel as part of reforms launched by the Castro regime. Although travel abroad is not banned outright, Cubans who have wanted to leave the island needed to jump through numerous bureaucratic hoops. A $150 fee was required for an exit request, which may be denied. Travel abroad has been ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/112...

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