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Alleged price increase for Cuban passport

Jan 30 , 2023

Recently, some independent media reports have been speculating about a possible change in the processing of the cuban passport. This alleged change involves raising the price of this identity document to five thousand pesos with a ten-year validity and without the need to extend it every two years.

As this information was not confirmed or denied by any official media, there is no information regarding the details of this new passport process or the corresponding cost in the consulates for the emigrants, who are ultimately the ones who pay most of the expenses of this process for their relatives in Cuba.

The new measure may be included in the next Citizenship Law, to be passed by the National Assembly of People’s Power during the next term of office, which is to start its sessions in late March. The monetary collection figures for these procedures may be known at that time.

Specifics about the Cuban passport

A Cuban passport in Spain currently costs 183 euros and is valid for six years and must be extended every two years. The extension of this document costs 90 euros, and this means that to keep valid the travel document, a Cuban emigrant has to pay 363 euros for a six-year period. An additional 12 euros must be paid for consular registration.

A Cuban passport in the United States currently costs US$350 and is valid for six years. This document is subject to extension every two years, as in other countries, and the extension of its validity fee is US$160. This service in this country can represent a total expense of US$670 over the period in force.

Opposition to the price increase of the Cuban passport

Should this information be true, the ordinary Cuban passport would become one of the most expensive in the world, jointly with the Venezuelan passport (US$216). However, the limited freedom of travel opportunities provided by this document is somewhat contradictory given the visa requirements that most countries require for Cuban travelers who only hold this passport.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, several consular services suspended their services both inside and outside Cuba. This situation enabled the easing of the extension requirements for Cubans staying abroad longer than expected and made it possible to complete paperwork more efficiently using on-line channels.

Cuba operates a large number of embassies, consulates and representations to international organizations, many of which are not based in Cuba themselves but rather are represented by ambassadors in nearby countries.

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