Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Ruling Socialists 'fear historic defeat'

Read more

DEBATE

Soft on smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Soft on smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 1)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

To smack or not to smack?

Read more

FOCUS

French Muslims refuse to be scapegoats for extremists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande: 'We have to tear voters away from the National Front'

Read more

FACE-OFF

French local elections: Far-right National Front in pole position

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'Citizen Four', 'The Circle' and 'Wolf Totem'

Read more

Americas

Cuba considers reform to allow citizens to travel abroad

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-09

The Cuban government said on Monday that it was considering a reform that would allow its citizens to travel abroad as tourists for the first time in 50 years.

AFP - The government of Raul Castro announced plans Monday to let Cubans travel abroad as tourists for the first time in more than 50 years.

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.

Currently, to travel abroad Cubans must file a $150 exit request that may be denied. Travel abroad is limited to 30 days, and the paperwork authorizing foreign travel amounts to around $400.

Over the past 52 years the Cuban government has only authorized highly prominent workers to travel abroad, usually to countries in the now defunct Soviet Union.
 

Date created : 2011-05-09

  • CUBA

    Communist Party's old guard to oversee sweeping reform

    Read more

  • CUBA

    Raul Castro calls for term limits at party congress

    Read more

  • CUBA

    Communist Congress set to vote on economic reforms

    Read more

COMMENT(S)