Cuba to possibly allow citizens to travel

by Alister POOLE on May 9, 2011

Cuba has revealed that it is studying new plans that will see its citizens being allowed to travel abroad for what would be the first time since the 1950s.

The proposed move is just one of 313 reforms that are being backed by the ruling Communist Party Congress and published in brand-new economic guidelines. Other reforms concern legalising private sales of property and cars, as well as expanding private co-operatives.

These moves are part of major shake-ups of Cuba’s struggling economy. Details of proposed reforms are sketchy at the moment, with the guideline referring to travel simply stating that a study allowing Cubans to travel overseas as tourists should be in place.

At present, Cubans wishing to travel out of their country must file a special exit request that has a high chance of being turned down. The paperwork involved also ends up costing hundreds of dollars per application.

Since 1959, which is when the small Caribbean country’s communist revolution broke out, high-profile Cubans are the only ones that have been allowed to holiday. Previously, details of reforms were released after becoming law and were also published in the Cuban government’s official newsletter.

Cuban President Raul Castro, the brother of Fidel, has championed limited reforms on free-market trading since taking over power in 2008. At the most recent party congress in the capital Havana, the two siblings appeared at one another’s side for the first ever time.

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