As part of the work undertaken to update the current migration
policy adjusting it to prevailing conditions in the present and the
foreseeable future, the Cuban government has decided to forgo the
required Travel Permit as well as the Letter of Invitation.
Therefore, as from January 14th, 2013, it will only be
necessary to submit the ordinary passport, duly updated, and the
visa issued by the country of destination, in those cases when it is
required. The ordinary passport will be issued to the Cuban citizens
who meet the requirements of the Migration Law, as modified in
compliance with these provisions. Such Law will come into effect
ninety days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the
Republic of Cuba.
Those already in possession of an ordinary passport, issued
before this decision is valid, should request from the corresponding
authorities of the Ministry of the Interior its updating absolutely
free of charge. Likewise, those with a valid Travel Permit will be
able to depart without any additional procedure.
It has also been decided that Cuban residents travelling overseas
on private affairs will be permitted to remain there for a period of
twenty-four months, counting from the date of departure. For a
longer stay, they will be required to obtain the corresponding
evidence of extension of stay from a Cuban consulate.
The updating of the migration policy takes into account the right
of the revolutionary state to defend itself from the aggressive and
subversive plans of the US government and its allies. For this
reason, those measures aimed at preserving the human capital created
by the Revolution from the theft of talents practiced by the
powerful nations shall remain in force.
In due course, other measures related to the migratory issue will
be adopted that will certainly help in the consolidation of the
efforts being made by the Revolution towards the full normalization
of Cuba’s relations with its emigrants.
Today, the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba is publishing
the Law Decree of the State Council modifying the current Migration
Law as well as other supplementary regulations.
Additional information on the procedures required by the law and
other specificities concerning the country’s migration policy are
available to the people at the Dirección de Inmigración y
Extranjería and its voice message through phone number 2063218;
Portal del Ciudadano Cubano: www.ciudadano.cu; and the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba: www.cubaminrex.cu.