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Cuba Lifts Exit Visa Requirements on Travel for Residents

Cuba’s government said it will no longer require residents to apply for exit visas to travel abroad, easing restrictions that have prevented most citizens from leaving the communist island for decades.

Starting Jan. 14, Cubans will no longer need to obtain invitations from a resident of a foreign country in order to travel and can stay abroad for up to 24 months, according to a statement published today in the Official Gazette. Currently, Cubans can lose residency and other rights including free health care after staying 11 months abroad.