For the first time in over 50 years Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad for tourism.
Details are beginning to emerge of some of the reforms proposed at the Communist party’s historic April congress, and the opening up of tourism to ordinary Cubans is one of the most significant.
Previously tightly controlled to prevent people claiming political asylum, the outside world was a no-go zone.
Now it will be possible for Cubans to visit families in Miami where a large expatriate community has lived since the revolution, or in Spain.
The details have yet to be announced, but it is likely to be popular as authorisations to travel are one of the people’s main demands.
The party congress in April was the first chaired by Raul Castro. It approved 313 reforms in all, and it is hoped the travel reform will remove costly bureaucratic hurdles that discouraged many from even applying for permission to leave.