Cuba announces plans to allow foreign travel

THE government of Raul Castro announced plans yesterday to let Cubans travel abroad as tourists for the first time in more than 50 years.

The measure is one of 313 reforms approved by the Communist Party Congress in mid-April.

The point, published in a government-distributed tabloid sheet, reads, “Study a policy that allows Cubans living in the country to travel abroad as tourists.”

The document gives no further detail on the travel policy, but makes the travel authorisation official as part of reforms launched by the Castro regime.

Other previously announced reforms approved at the four-day Congress will allow Cubans to buy and sell homes and cars for the first time in 50 years. At the close of that event, revolutionary icon Fidel Castro formerly ceded the party leadership to his younger brother, Raul Castro.

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