Cuba extends passport validity and eliminates extensions

In response to the criteria of Cuban residents abroad, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced measures that include the extension of passport validity, the elimination of its extensions and the reduction of its cost.

The general director of Consular Affairs and Attention to Cuban Residents Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Soberon, said that the decision will take effect on July 1ST.

From that moment on, he pointed out, the validity of Cuban passports will extended to 10 years, in the case of Cuban citizens over 16 years of age, and five years for minors.

In addition, the requirement to extend the passport every two years was eliminated, and  its cost was reduced to 180 dollars or euros for Cubans over 16 years of age, and 140 dollars or euros for minors.

Soberon explained that as of July 1st , Cuban residents abroad will be able to stay in Cuba for a longer period as well as their foreign relatives, noting that currently these periods of stay differ.

Those who emigrated before January 1st 1971, the diplomat said , must present their Cuban passport to enter the country in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution approved in 2019 in a popular referendum.

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