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Cuba to lift broad travel restrictions, easing exit, return
ByREUTERS
October 16, 2012 16:55



HAVANA - Cuba will scrap broad travel restrictions starting in January, easing most Cubans' exit and return, state media said on Tuesday in the communist island's first major immigration reform in half a century.




The Cuban government imposed restrictions on travel starting in 1961 to try to stop a mass migration of people fleeing after the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.




The government will lift the much reviled requirements to obtain an exit visa and letter of invitation and allow Cubans to simply show a passport and a visa from the country they're traveling to if needed, Communist Party newspaper Granma said.


The changes are part of work "to update the current migratory policy adjusting it to prevailing conditions in the present and foreseeable future," the paper said.

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