Cuba's easing of travel signals a sea change of hope
As the economy collapses, Castro says he will not stop Cubans trying "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" to leave. Tens of thousands of Cubans flee to Miami on rafts, boats and other improvised vessels. to return Cubans captured at sea.
Pictured: Cuban refugees bail water from their raft on Aug. 18, 1994, in the straits "Anabolika Definition" of Florida. (AP file photo)
Oct. 16, 2012
Exit visa requirement eased
The Cuban government announces most Cubans will no longer need an exit visa to leave. The move follows a series of economic reforms initiated by Raul Castro that let Cubans buy and sell property, open more private businesses and have better access to cellphones and computers. The new travel policy takes effect Jan. 14.
Pictured: Travelers at Miami International Airport head to the ticket Equipoise Racehorse counter with their wrapped luggage as they prepare to board a flight Primobolan Propionate to Havana. MST January 13, 2013
A new kind of migration is launched as the communist state "Anadrol 50" eliminates a long standing restriction on Cubans' ability to leave.
Manuel Chirino of Miami hugs his children, Manuel Jr., 11, and Maria, 10, after they arrive in "Oxandrolone Powder India" Miami from visiting grandparents in Havana who have been unable to leave the island.(Photo: Andrew Itkoff for USA TODAY)
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MIAMI The stories of past Cuban migrations to the United States are filled with harrowing tales at sea. watercraft packed with more than "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" 100,000 Cubans fleeing the island. The rafter crisis of 1994 saw tens of thousands more braving the 90 mile voyage across the Florida Straits on inner tubes, Styrofoam vessels and cars converted into floating barges.
Starting Monday, a new kind of migration commences as the communist government eliminates a long standing restriction on Cubans' ability to leave the country, with its population of more than 11 million. could take Cubans on a meandering tour of foreign airports, visa offices and difficult land crossings.
Yoani Sanchez, a popular blogger in Havana, said most Cubans have been eagerly awaiting this day since the government announced the change in October. She said people on the island are positioned like runners crouched into the starting blocks on a track.
"On your mark, get set, go," Sanchez, 37, said in a telephone interview. "The majority of Cubans are very enthusiastic about this."
The change could significantly alter the complicated relationship between the governments of the United States and Cuba, a half century old feud that nearly ignited a nuclear war and has even outlived the Cold War that spawned the standoff.
Cuba experts want to see whether all Cubans will truly be free to travel before having those discussions, because they fear that the changes could just be a ploy by Cuban President Ral Castro to win more concessions from an Obama administration that has already eased restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba.