A passport is a personal, non-transferable travel document required by any citizen who intends to move from one country to another. Some passports have greater scope than others, depending on the limitations imposed by each country on the entry of nationals of another country. The passport issued by the Republic of Cuba gives its citizens visa-free access to 59 countries in the world, and in any case it will always serve as a document of identification in the country where you are. Each country also has different types of passports, depending on where the traveller is coming from and the purpose of the trip. Currently, there are 5 types of Cuban passports, and each one has its own specific features and functions.
Below you will find a list of the types of Cuban passports and some information about them.
This is the best known Cuban passport, since this is the one required for most trips, whether they are for tourism, immigration or any other type of personal or family reasons.
Any Cuban, either from within or outside the national territory, can apply for it. In some cases citizens who have to travel abroad in the interests of the State or social or cultural organisations may receive it.
Official Cuban passport
This is reserved for officials (and their family members) who represent Cuba abroad.
There is a version of this passport for the purpose of representing entire groups, such as delegations attending congresses and non-political events abroad.
This passport is intended for:
- Members of the Political Bureau and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
- Central Committee Heads and Officials
- Council of State Members
- Members of the Council of Ministers
- Members of the Cuban parliament
- Heads of State administration bodies that are not members of the Council of Ministers
- The President and Vice-President of the Supreme People’s Court
- CTC General Secretary
- The Public Prosecutor General and the Deputy Public Prosecutors of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic
- First CCP secretaries in the provinces
- Supreme People’s Court Judges
- Presidents of the Provincial Assemblies of People’s Power
- Cuban diplomats abroad
- MINREX officials
- Diplomatic mail
- Heads of FAR and MININT leaderships
Family members of all the above also travel with this type of passport.
This passport is for the exclusive use of support staff of Cuban embassies and consulates. It is also issued to the workers of Cuban agencies abroad.
The service passport is similar to the official and diplomatic passport because of its representative character of the Cuban state and its close link to governmental interests.
This passport is issued to Cuban seamen operating beyond Cuban borders. Depending on the type of service they perform, and according to their rank, they are issued with a seaman’s passport or an officer’s passport, as in the case of captains and first officers.
Due to its function, this passport is assigned exclusively on the initiative of the competent authorities and cannot be requested by citizens on the basis of private interests.
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