Cuban citizens allowed international travelling

A new law easing strict exit visa requirements now makes most Cubans eligible to leave with just a current passport and national identity card, like residents of other countries.

For the first time in 50 years, this means that Cubans can travel outside their country without a special government permit as the new “migratory reformation law”, proposed by President Raul Castro, took effect last Monday.

The same day, Cubans formed long queues outside travel agencies and migration offices in Havana.

However, some athletes and professionals still need a special exit visa by the Government, to avoid a “brain drain”.