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Cuban dissident blogger Yoani arrives in Brazil, key test of new travel law

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Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez waits in line to have her documents checked at passport control before leaving Cuba to travel to Brazil and other countries at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Sanchez is one of the Cuban dissidents who applied for passports to go overseas under recently enacted travel reform. Her request was granted last month. By her own account Sanchez has on some 20 occasions been rejected for the exit visa that for decades was required of all islanders seeking to go abroad.(AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)The Associated Press

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has arrived in Brazil — her first stop in a three-month tour of 12 nations.

Sanchez was barred from leaving Cuba for the last decade. But she's taking advantage of the communist island's relaxation on travel restrictions.

Sanchez arrived in northeastern Brazil early Monday. She's expected to participate in the screening of a documentary on press freedom in Cuba in which she appears.

Sanchez's ability to travel was seen as a key test of Cuba's new travel law. It is one of the most significant reforms of President Raul Castro's ongoing plan to refashion some elements of the economy, government and society.

Other stops for Sanchez include the U.S., Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.