Cuba revises its migration policy

| 27/06/2013

cubans.PNG(CNS): Cuban nationals no longer have to obtain a Travel Permit or a Letter of Invitation before travelling out of Cuba, following a change in migration policy by the Cuban government, but they will need a valid, ordinary Cuban passport and the appropriate visa issued by the country to which the citizen is travelling. However, some Cubans are continuing to arrive as economic migrants. Cayman 27 reported that a 27 Cubans sailed into George Town Tuesday, 25 June, landing close to Cassanova Restaurant, where they were met by immigration officials. Two remained behind, one for medical reasons, but the rest continued on their journey. (Photo courtesy Cayman 27)

A release from the Cayman Government Information Services warns Cuban citizens residing in the Cayman Islands that they should be aware of key changes made earlier this year by the Cuban government to the Cuban Migration Policy. These amendments took effect from 14 January this year, following which Cayman Islands Department of Immigration officials sought clarification from the Cuban consulate in Jamaica. 

Following are the updated guidelines that relate to new policy:

  1. Cuban nationals no longer have to obtain a Travel Permit or a Letter of Invitation before travelling out of Cuba.
  2. The required travel documents include a valid, ordinary Cuban passport and the appropriate visa issued by the country to which the citizen is travelling.
  3. Ordinary passports issued before the January change will remain valid.
  4. If applicable, Cuban citizens may request updated passports from the Ministry of the Interior (via the Honorary Cuban Consul in Jamaica).
  5. Cuban passports are valid for six years and must be updated every two years at the Consulate Office (i.e. A passport issued in 2013 will be valid until 2019, but its validity shall be updated in 2015 and 2017).
  6. Cuban citizens travelling on “private affairs” will be permitted to remain outside of Cuba for up to 24 months from the date of departure from.
  7. Applications for passport extensions and authorized stays beyond 24 months must be submitted to the Cuban Consular Office in Jamaica.
  8. “Private affairs” refers to personal reasons not related to the Cuban Government or the State.
  9. Cuban nationals taking up long term residency in the Cayman Islands are required to apply to the Cuban Consular Office in Jamaica for a “PRE” (RESIDENTE En El EXTERIOR) endorsement in their passport. This includes Cuban nationals married to Caymanians.
  10. In regards to longer periods of stay in the Cayman Islands, Cubans will be   required to obtain evidence of an “Extension of Stay” validated at the Cuban Consulate in Jamaica.
  11. Passport/travel extension services can be carried out at the Cuban Consulate in Kingston – and usually without the applicant having to attend in person.
  12. There are application and material requirements associated with such service transactions.
  13. Given such an extension to the period during which they may remain outside of Cuba, work permit approval periods may also be extended for up to 22 months.
  14. The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration has no authority to makeallowances or exercise discretion, outside of what is presented by the Cuban government.

Any further questions on the law, and on entitlements, travel documents or travel obligations, should be addressed to the Cuban Consular Office, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, in Jamaica. 

Cuban citizens may contact the Honorary Cuban Consul in Jamaica at email:; or, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cuba at:  Or, call: DIGICEL (876) 619-1442/3; LIME (876)978-0930/1.

See Cayman 27 report here

See press release from the Cuban Embassy in Jamaica below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It is almost imposible to get straight into Miami from Cuba, That coast is very heavily guarded by the US coast gard so they take their chances coming through south america or mexico and then paying a coyote to get them through to the us border risking kidnappings, abuse, excecutions and even rape from the cartels there etc etc etc. trust me its not a pretty world out there.

    They spend years trying to build one of those lilrafts, selling everything they own and borrowing from friends and relatives to pay for the materials.

    We sure are blessed here in Cayman trust me..!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Continued on their journey to where?

    East End? Cause if Miami was the goal their going the wrong way.  God forbid they left Cuba to go to Jamaica!

    And things aren’t any better in South America. Poor People! I hope immigration had enough sympathy to provide them with some Water & Food.

    • Anonymous says:

      I was there and saw what happen. boat broken down and repair by the dock. thelocals have gave them food and water. they are going to houndras not miami.