10 January 2013
1. Wide of Immigration Office exterior in Havana
2. Mid of people reading information board outside Immigration Office
3. Various of people waiting in line for passports and to fill out forms
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jose Luis Guerra, Havana resident, passport applicant:
“Now we can travel anywhere in the world, but what remains to be seen is if the rest of the world wants us to travel there. That’s where the problem is.”
5. Pull out of woman filling out passport form
8 January 2013
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Noelis Rodriguez, Healthcare Worker and passport applicant:
“If it hadn’t been necessary I wouldn’t have quit. I would have just come and gone. But otherwise I would have had to wait for public health officials to give me permission to leave.”
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Pedro Salazar, Industrial Engineer and passport applicant: ++INCLUDED IN SAME SHOT AS SHOT6++
“It’s a lack of trust on the part of the government. I am a professional; what’s the difference if I live here or abroad? I could come and go.”
8. Wide of people in line to have their forms filled out across the street from immigration office
9. Close up of sign, reads: (Spanish) “Forms Filled Out. Apartment 1”
10. Mid man typing form for customer
UPSOUND (Spanish) Typist: “Country you are visiting?”
Customer: “I don’t know.”
Typist: “Can’t you specify the country?”
Customer: “Go ahead and put the US.”
Typist: “Have you travelled before?”
11. Wide typist with customers
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Pedro Salazar, Industrial Engineer and passport applicant:
“It’s difficult to imagine. Especially since we have lived for so many years in a slow process. So, to speak of a future change, it’s hard to imagine.”
9 January 2013
13. Wide of Oscar Elias Biscet, Cuban dissident at home, in meeting with other dissidents
14. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Oscar Elias Biscet, Cuban Dissident:
“The reality is that the Cuban government has not given freedom to the Cuban people. A half freedom is not freedom. Not all Cubans have a right to travel; in that group are professionals and dissidents. I think freedom should be total or it’s not freedom at all.”
15. Tilt up from baggage to passengers waiting to leave at airport
16. Wide of exterior airport with sign that reads in (Spanish/English) “Departures”
17. Mid of people outside airport with departure screen in background
18. Close up of departure screen
10 January 2013
19. Wide of US Interests Section exterior in Havana
20. Mid of visa applicants inside US Interests Section
21. Wide of US Interests Section building
Many Cubans are eagerly awaiting a new law taking effect on Monday that will let the vast majority of islanders travel abroad without having to ask for permission or pay for costly exit visas.
The overhaul of Cuba’s decades-old migratory law, announced three months ago, eliminates the much-detested exit visa known as the “white card” and is perhaps the most highly anticipated of a series of reforms initiated under President Raul Castro.
Observers predict it will result in only a modest initial increase in trips by Cubans, who must still get entry visas to travel to most countries, including the United States.
“Now we can travel anywhere in the world,” said Jose Luis Guerra outside Havana’s Immigration office.
“But what remains to be seen is if the rest of the world wants us to travel there. That’s where the problem is.”
The measure greatly simplifies travel by scrapping the exit visa, and doing away with the requirement that Cubans provide a letter of invitation from someone in their country of destination.
Now, islanders need only make a one-time 100 US dollar application for a passport, renewable for 20 US dollars every two years.
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