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Castro’s ‘reforms’ still do not allow Cubans to board boats

Via Havana Times:

Cuba Prohibits Its Citizens from Boarding Boats

Even if they have passports and visas, Cubans can’t board cruise ships. Photo: Raquel Perez

HAVANA TIMES — A few days ago I went to Guanacabibes Peninsula, in the extreme west of the country. It’s an unspoiled nature reserve where one can see iguanas, deer, crocodiles and all kinds of birds – in addition to a wonderful seabed.

Everything went fine until we wanted to participate in a diving excursion. We were denied access onto the yacht because among our group there were Cubans, who aren’t allowed to board. The guide told us that this was a directive of the Naval Command Center.

Once we returned to Havana, we wanted to know if the parliament had passed some legislation that prevented Cubans from traveling aboard boats. Very kindly, the Legal Office of the Assembly informed us that there’s no law prohibiting nationals from sailing.

Of course there was no law that prevented Cubans from staying in tourist hotels; nevertheless they spent nearly two decades on the outside looking in as foreigners enjoyed the facilities that were closed to them.

But now we had assumed everything had changed, since almost half a million Cubans who live on the island vacation in those same hotels, and because a new immigration law allows the unrestricted exit of citizens… unless you want to leave by boat.

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