Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez had been denied an exit permit by the Cuban government over 20 times in recent years.
Cuban law has now changed and exit permits are no longer required.
But, the government can still deny permission to travel by refusing to issue a passport.
That didn’t happen in Sanchez’s case as she has started an 80-day trip around the globe, including stops in the United States.
Ted Henken is involved in planning the Cuban blogger’s American itinerary.
Henken is a professor at Baruch College in New York. He says “this is something to celebrate and is a hard won citizen victory not only for Yoani, but for all Cuban citizens.”