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Travel Liberalisation For Cubans, What Impact?  
User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 3114 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Good morning.

I just read an article which stated that as of 14th January 2013 Cuban citizens will no longer require a government permit to leave the country. In order to receive the permit they needed to present an invitation letter from abroad, and in case they stayed longer than what is allowed (11 months) they could risk having all their property confiscated and would be considered as fugitives by the Cuban authorities. The Cuban government could turn down the offer without an explanation.

Now, will this have an impact on air travel? This should make travelling much easier for Cuban citizens. From what I can see Cuban citizens can travel without visas to Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Saint Kittis and Nevis, Saint Lucia and to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Any thoughts?


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User currently offlinerobffm2 From Germany, joined Dec 2006, 1147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2072 times:

If the US government would now allow the free travel of its own citizen to Cuba, that would be BIG news!

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8383 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 1):
If the US government would now allow the free travel of its own citizen to Cuba, that would be BIG news!

Now I'm hearing rumors US government is lifting the travel ban too. That of course depends on the administration and the future one (    ) getting their heads out of their   

At the same time, it's not necessarily a priority for the government right now, but at the same time, it's something that shouldn't take long to do either.

Plus, more people flying to/from America to more markets = more $$$$ for us.

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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7583 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

This should be interesting. They would still need a Visa to enter the U.S. but certainly we could see an increase of flights between Cuba and the U.S. especially at the obvious airports like MIA FLL and JFK. Now if the U.S. lifted travel restrictions it would cause a large increase in service. MIA and FLL could easily see hourly shuttles as long as the Cuban government allowed it.

"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineJU068 From Vanuatu, joined Aug 2009, 3114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 3):

Who knows, maybe in the near future we could see a Cubana IL-96 in New York. That would be a sight! 

User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10900 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

This all has little impact, those you might be able to travel make US$ 20,00 per month and hardly have the money to use the new liberties without the help from their relatives in the US, those who have the money will not be allowed to leave because of their importance to ........ whichever part they work in.

Reminds me a bit of the old DDR, those who could ztravel had no importance and the state was happy if they stayed in the West. One less mouth to feed.

I am afraid there won't be lL86s at JFK until Cuba really is Cubra libre.

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