Cubans Flock to Agencies Over New Visa Law

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A highly anticipated new law took effect in Cuba this week, ending the country's hated exit visa requirement.

Cubans formed long lines outside travel agencies and migration offices in Havana, Monday. The new law means the end of obstacles to travel by those living on the Island.

Most Cubans are eligible to leave the country with just a current passport and national identity card, like residents of other countries.

"Compared to before when the process was very difficult and took a long time, and we had to wait for an exit visa and an invitation and spending money -- now we can save all that," Jorge Luis Gonzales, a Cuban traveler, said.

The governments of other countries now largely control who can travel from Cuba. They will determine who receives entry visas.

In many cases, Cubans, like those from other developing countries will still find it tough to get visas from wealthier nations like the United States.

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