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October 17, 2012
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A man reads a Tuesday copy of the Communist Party newspaper Granma which published the new migratory policy that will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa on it’s front page, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012. The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will eliminate the bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century.

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People read adjustments to the migratory policy, posted on a wrought iron fence of an immigration office in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century.

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Nino Diaz reads a Spanish language newspaper at a Cuban cafe in Miami’s Little Havana section, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 about the news of the day. The Cuban government has announced that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century. A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said the change takes effect Jan. 14, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to. It is the most significant advance this year in President Raul Castro’s five-year plan of reform that has already seen the legalization of home and car sales and a big increase in the number of Cubans owning private businesses.

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A man holds up a copy of Cuba’s Tuesday’s official gazette where the new migratory policy that will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa is published, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012. The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will eliminate the much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century.