Havana, March 19, 2020.- Given the serious international epidemiological situation due to the high level of spread of the new Coronavirus (SARS CoV 2 / Covid-19), and its accelerated expansion, the Cuban Consulates abroad have adopted measures , aimed at protecting Cuban nationals who request services and Cuban officials who work in our country's consular offices abroad from possible contagion.
Temporarily, the following measures will come into effect from this Thursday, March 19:
• The accomplishment of consular procedures at a distance will be promoted.
• Cuban citizens who are currently abroad in countries where the capture of biometric data is applied, until April 30 of this year may prepare their passports without having to visit Consulates and Consular Offices. To do this, they must use the application form available on the website of each Consulate or Consular Office, and comply with the quality requirements established for the photo and signature. After the aforementioned date, taking into account the evolution of the international epidemiological situation, the continuity, or not, of this measure will be reevaluated.
• Cuban citizens close to completing 24 months of uninterrupted stay abroad, will not need to request extensions from March 19, 2020 and may remain outside Cuba until further notice, maintaining their status as Permanent Residents in the national territory.