(Reuters) – Cuba will scrap broad travel restrictions starting in January, easing most Cubans\’ exit and return, state media said on Tuesday in the communist island\’s first major immigration reform in half a century.
The Cuban government imposed restrictions on travel starting in 1961 to try to stop a mass migration of people fleeing after the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.
The government will lift the much reviled requirements to obtain an exit visa and letter of invitation and allow Cubans to simply show a passport and a visa from the country they\’re traveling to if needed, Communist Party newspaper Granma said.
Imagine that. Just letting people leave if they don\’t like it!
Granma said the reforms were not total as \”those measures aimed at preserving the human capital created by the Revolution from the theft of talents practiced by the powerful nations shall remain in force.\”
Who was it who used to talk like that? Ah, yes, Tony Benn wasn\’t it. University graduates shouldn\’t be allowed to emigrate for some period of time, that was one of his.
But even Cuba isn\’t a properly Courageous State. For they\’re not proposing to tax people even after they\’ve buggered off.