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Cuban travel in record numbers a year into reform

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  • Amalia Reigosa, hugs her sister Jaynet goodbye at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, before her trip to Milan, Itlay. Reigosa was one of the first Cubans to take advantage of a travel reform that went into effect a year ago this week, when the government scrapped an exit visa requirement that for five decades had made it difficult for most islanders to go abroad.

    Amalia Reigosa, hugs her sister Jaynet goodbye at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, before her trip to Milan, Itlay. Reigosa was one of the first Cubans to take advantage of a travel reform that went into effect a year ago this week, when the government scrapped an exit visa requirement that for five decades had made it difficult for most islanders to go abroad.
    Associated Press, January 2013

 
Associated Press

Last February, Amalia Reigosa Blanco experienced for the first time the rush of an airplane taking off. She browsed the clothing shops of Italy's fashion capital. And then she came home. "I hope I can go on vacation again," said the 19-year-old language student. Reigosa was one of the first Cubans to take advantage of a travel reform that went into effect a year ago this week.

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