What is the Cuban Passport extension?
Cuban immigration law provides that, even if nationals have residency and/or citizenship in another country, to enter the Cuban soil, they must keep their Cuban passport valid and up to date, this is of great importance for those who are permanently established in the United States. The extension procedure must be performed every two years; since the Cuban passport has a duration of six years, the document must be extended for the second and fourth year, counting from the date on which the document was issued. In the event of not performing the first extension and request the second extension in the fourth year, two extensions must be made to have the passport up to date, this procedure is known as Double Extension.
How to obtain the Cuban Passport renewal?
Opapeleo was the first agency to provide this service using a 100% online system that allows you to complete your procedure by clicking here. If you prefer to call by phone Opapeleo is the only agency operating seven days a week from 8AM to 8PM; you can apply by calling 202-800-4141.
The first step to apply for this procedure is to select Passport extension on our website. From there, please provide the required information to complete the consular form required by the Cuban authorities. All that remains at this point is to confirm the information provided and then proceed to payment.
You will immediately receive an e-mail with detailed instructions concerning the next steps and your shipping label already paid for. Please go to your USPS or FedEx office with the printed label and then send us your passport, making the label you received clearly displayed on the envelope.
AfterwardsOpapeleo notifies you of receipt and delivery at the consulate via SMS and/or email, and lastly we will notify you once your passport is delivered to your home.
The extension of the Cuban passport costs 260 dollars. Once we have the documents in our hands, the consular process starts immediately with the Cuban authorities.
WithOpapeleo it is guaranteed the speed of receipt, delivery to the consulate and the return shipment. Once at the Consulate, times may vary depending on the operational situation, taking from two to fifteen days and occasionally a little longer. We can give you a clearer picture of the current deadlines at the time you apply.
Important: Cuba states that Cuban residents can travel without the renewal, however in practice, this is not actually true…
According to an informative note issued by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, nationals residing in Cuba can enter the island’s territory without a renewal. However, since the airlines cannot know who is a resident or non-resident in Cuba, they will not allow anyone whose passport is expired to board the plane, resulting in a great deal of complications since, if the airline allows an emigrant to enter Cuban territory without the renewal, the Cuban government would fine the airline in accordance with international practices. For this reason, holding your passport valid is extremely important.