This year, the world’s most conservative country loosened a long-standing restriction for foreigners wishing to enter
Cuba became the first country in the world to introduce a travel visa requirement for people from countries outside of the region. After lengthy negotiations, the island’s government announced in October that it would offer visitors from all countries the option of travelling in September. The decision is a step away from the country’s isolation from its neighbors, especially after Cuba announced a decade ago that it wanted to get rid of travel restrictions.
With today’s announcement, Cubans, as well as individuals and couples from outside the country, will be able to travel to the island on one of the two travel visas issued by the government. Both visas require a government payment.
The date was also approved in wake of changes made to the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allowed Cubans to come to the United States legally. The U.S. Congress gave a break to Cubans who fled the country during the ’50s revolution when it passed the measure and President Barack Obama changed the law in his second term.