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Citizenship Law: Changes in Cuban Passport Regulations

Nov 5 , 2022

According to the Cuban government, a Citizenship Law is under preparation. Additionally, this Law would also introduce changes in the passport and immigration regulations, which would be approved by the next term of the National Assembly.

Considering the statements made by the director of Consular Affairs and Attention to Cubans Abroad (Daccre) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the current Constitution, passed in 2019, allows double and additional citizenships, something that requires new legislation.

The official reported that the Cuban government intends to foster relations with emigrants as measures are being discussed on subjects such as:

  • Streamlining of procedures
  • Intervention in the Cuban economy at the territorial level

According to him, during a meeting with Cuban residents in Uruguay, where he traveled to attend the III Round of Talks on Migratory Issues, the number of Cuban residents abroad who are interested in investing in Cuba is growing.

During this event, the official held talks with the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding joint actions between the two governments to curb illegal activities linked to irregular migration and to ensure a safe, regular and orderly flow of migrants. In addition at the moment with Uruguay, the government is also promoting bilateral agreements with countries that receive Cubans, where there are currently some 12,000 citizens, he said.

Regarding the Cuban exodus, he pointed out that the number of Cubans abroad is the largest ever in terms of the number of countries, a situation with a negative demographic impact for Cuba, which has very low birth rates.

Later, the director of Daccre traveled to Buenos Aires for a similar meeting with officials of the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

Cuban passport procedures are usually extremely slow and expensive. Cuba has the second worst passport ranking in Latin America and the Caribbean, second only to Haiti.

The Cuban passport ranks 82nd in the global ranking of Henley & Partners, a firm evaluating the world’s passports according to the number of countries to which travelers can go without a visa.

Cuban travel documents allow the holder to travel to only 65 countries without a visa, out of more than 190 possible destinations.

This brings countless inconveniences to the immigration process, creating a complicated and exhausting procedure.

These new measures are expected to provide a means of streamlining and easing the Cuban immigration issue. Opapeleo will keep you updated.

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