Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cubans can leave, but to where and with what?

Cubans can leave, but to where and with what?: "November 11. 2012 - HAVANA — Vladimir Maiquil, 50, casts his fishing line off Havana's seafront boulevard, the Malec√≥n, into the waters of the Florida Straits, 90 miles from America. "I'd love to travel and have the opportunity to see the world," Maiquil says, "but how can I afford the flight? I've got no chance. It's almost impossible." For decades, Cuba has been a country whose government would not let its people leave. But in October, it announced a lifting of the despised travel ban to begin in January. The announcement cheered Cubans as well as millions of Cuban Americans whose families have escaped the island since its takeover by communists. But it is unlikely the change will result in a tidal wave of Cuban travelers. The new law means that beginning Jan. 14, Cubans will no longer have to apply for a costly exception to the travel ban, known as an exit visa, or show a letter of invitation from a person in the intended destination. . . "

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