Raul Castro Travel Plans: Announces Plans to Let Cubans Travel Abroad

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Raul Castro Announces Plans to Let Cubans Travel Abroad

Associated Press

For the first time in more than 50 years, Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad as tourists.

The news, released Monday by the government of Raul Castro, is one of 313 reforms approved by the Communist Party Congress in April.

A government-distributed tabloid sheet describes the point as: "Study a policy that allows Cubans living in the country to travel abroad as tourists," reports Australian news site News.com.au.

No further description or timetable was given.

Since the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959, Cuban citizens have been severely restricted in travel. The only trips allowed are for migration or business purposes.

To be able to leave the country, a traveler currently needs letters of invitation filed at the relevant Cuban consulate by their host. Cuban authorities must also approve the trip.

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