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How do I obtain a Cuban passport for the first time?

Jul 22 , 2020


Need your Cuban passport for the first time?

Si nunca ha poseído un pasaporte cubano o se ha extraviado, necesita un pasaporte cubano por primera vez.

The following procedures are considered as first time passports:

  • Cubans with grey passports issued before 2003
  • Cubans with Blue Passport issued before 1 January 2010
  • Cubans with lost passports
  • I never had a passport

What is needed:

  • Signed consular form
  • 2 passport-size photographs
  • Original birth certificate (will be returned to you with your new passport)
  • OPTIONAL: If available: Photocopy of your Lost, Grey or Blue Passport issued before 2010 (can be sent by SMS). If you don’t have it, don’t worry, it’s optional.

The Cuban passport is valid for 6 years. After 6 years, you must apply for a new passport. This procedure can be carried out 6 months before the expiry date of the passport. People who have a red passport can apply for a blue passport and it is considered a renewal.

The cost of issuing this passport is approximately US $ 200 (CUC 200) and US $ 200 for every two years if a person lives in the United States.

Until 14 January 2013, the Cuban government required that all Cuban and foreign citizens, such as foreign students living in Cuba and wishing to leave the country, must obtain an exit permit (Spanish: Permiso de Salida). The abolition of the controversial requirement led to long lines at passport offices filled with citizens wishing to travel abroad legally; however, the lines were attributed in part to the fact that the cost of obtaining a passport would double the next day to the equivalent of US $ 100 (CUC 100), the equivalent of 5 months’ average state salary. A passport is now the only document required to leave the country, in addition to a visa from the country of destination. Previously, the cost of a passport, exit permit and associated paperwork amounted to around US $ 300 (CUC 300), the equivalent of 15 months’ average state salary.

Opapeleo can help you perform all procedures.

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