Cubans May Now Travel Outside The Country For The First Time In More Than 50 Years

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    by Allison Churchill Raul Castro Is Letting Cubans Travel - Business Insider

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    Fidel Castro's little brother Raul is continuing to loosen restrictions in Cuba, now letting his people take a vacation.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Communist party paper Granma announced Cubans would no longer need an exit visa. As of January 14, citizens of the country can go abroad with only a passport, and stay wherever they like for up to 24 months without risk of losing property.

    For the past 51 years, even if someone got the required documents, which could cost up to $350, they weren't always allowed to actually leave the country.

    The restrictions would still be in place for people Cuba doesn't want to leave, like doctors and other professionals.

    The United States has slowly lifted its own restrictions in regards to travel to Cuba, originally put in place to isolate the island after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. While it technically wasn't illegal, tourists couldn't spend money, making the trip pointless.

    But determined travelers found ways to get in, often going through Canada, or other countries in the Caribbean. In 1999, American tourists could go to Cuba on "people-to-people" licenses, essentially educational trips on which travelers weren't allowed to spend US dollars.

    George W. Bush did away with them when he took office. President Barack Obama brought back the licenses in 2011.

    The US has a lot to gain from lifting its restrictions. Daily Beast writer Arian Campos-Flores found that the US tourism industry could make close to $1.6 billion.

    Boost the economy and get fresh mojitos? What are we waiting for?

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    If we keep going in the present direction as a nation... they will feel right at home here :eusa_clap:
     
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    Well at least Cuba moved into the new millennium.
    Now, the US needs to get rid of the useless and ineffective embargo.
     
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    Cuba is one of those "bucket list" trips for me . Some day. Yesh.
     
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    "Cubans May Now Travel Outside The Country For The First Time In More Than 50 Years"


    Who said they did not travel outside their country before?!

    There were plenty Cuban students in all socialist countries!
     
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    What, we don't already have enough Illegal Aliens... We need some more to tax our resources?
     
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    ?????
    Really is that the best you have?
    The 50 year old embargo has nothing to due with "Illegal Aliens"
    It has to do with trade..... There is lots of money to be made with trade to Cuba.
    Right now the Canadians are reaping the benefits.
     
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    Um... The embargo also encompasses a ban on tourism... So, yes it does have something to do with immigration. What I meant was America hardly needs to open our airports to one-way flights from Cuba... Try again.
     
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    There in lies the problem.......a ban on tourism... and the one way flights.
    Strange that in a "Free" Country, we cannot visit Cuba. Doesn't that strike you as odd?
    As far as Cubans coming over here, a little late to start complaining now, where were you when Mariel was happening?
     
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    I only suggest we not make the transition from Cuban National to Undocumented Illegal Alien residing in the U.S. any easier than it already is.
     

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