Havana, Cuba_ The new immigration measures approved in October 2017 came into force since this January 1st yesterday in Cuba as part of the continuous and irreversible updating process that the country has been undergoing since January 2013, the Granma newspaper publishes.

The elimination of the “validation” of passports, a requirement that Cuban emigrants needed to travel to the island and the authorization for Cubans living abroad to enter and leave the country on board of pleasure boats, through the Hemingway Marina in Havana and the Gaviota-Varadero Tourists Marinas, are part of that norms.

Likewise, the permit to enter the country of Cuban citizens who left illegally with the exception of those who did it through the United States Naval Base in Guantánamo is established.

The requirement of accommodation is also waived so that children of Cubans living abroad, who were born abroad, can obtain Cuban citizenship and their identity document.

It is noteworthy to say that the new measures do not eliminate the requirement to travel to Cuba with a Cuban passport for those born in the county that has acquired another citizenship.

Similarly, it must be clarified that the authorization and the extension of the passport are not the same thing, and the second is maintained, in accordance with current legislation that establishes that the current passport is valid for two years and can be extended for the same term until a total of six years.

Another necessary precision is that, in the case of doctors or other collaborators who have left the mission they were to fulfill abroad, they are not included in these provisions because they went out legally.

However, since September 2015 the Ministry of Public Health approved that, in the case of doctors, those who wish may rejoin the tasks of the National Health System, where they will have similar conditions to those they had.

The decisions adopted are part of the efforts that the country is making in order to further strengthen relations with its emigration, a process initiated in 1978 by the Commander in Chief of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz

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