Confirmed: Cuba scraps exit visa requirement

The Cuban Government has announced that it will no longer require its citizens to apply for an exit visa when travelling overseas.

The decision by the Communist Party eliminates a major bureaucratic stumbling-block for many seeking to travel abroad as Cubans had to provide a letter of invitation before permission was given. This decision will take effect on January 13 which will now require Cubans to provide their passport and the visa of the country they seek to travel to.   

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Passengers left stranded after Spanish Town route taxis withdraw service

Passengers have been left stranded after routes taxis which ply the Spanish Town to St. John's Road and Kitson Town routes withdrew their services once again. The centre of the old capital was noticeably devoid of vehicular traffic, as the taxi operators abandoned the routes in protest over the seizure of one of their colleagues motor vehicle by a traffic cop. On Monday it was announced that their would be a temporary halt to the seizure of motor vehicles on certain routes by the police who stated that this would be in place until consultations were held with the Transport Authority. The taxi operator's stated that this decision was not adhered by the police and they withdrew their service. Several passengers were forced to wait for hours for transportation from the Old Capital to their home.
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Coaster bus operators carrying stranded passengers in Spanish Town receive threats

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Several Correctional Officers take industrial action

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2-yr-old child and 44-yr-old man perish in St. Catherine crash

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150 persons feared trapped under landslide in western India

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JFJ interim board appointed

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41-year-old man dies in St. James crash

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Tyler Mason gets silver in National Junior Record time

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Over 20 persons held after Lottery Scam raid in Western Jamaica

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Trial for murder of returning resident Errol Bennett pushed back to November

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St. Catherine Police name suspect in double murder probe

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Manchester businessman shot dead

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No survivors found at Air Algerie crash site; Black Box found - French President

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