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.
From April 8 to 10, 2020, in Havana, the 4th will be held. The Nation and Emigration Conference, continuity of that Dialogue of 78, promoted by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, which initiated a process of rapprochement between Cuba and the Cuban community abroad, which has been permanent and unwavering. Since then, more than 40 years and three conferences have passed, in which the links established on a premise set forth by Fidel have been strengthened: «(...) the Community must be respected. The community exists. The Community is a force and the Community is taken into account ».
From April 8 to 10, 2020, in Havana, the 4th will be held. Conference The Nation and Emigration, continuity of that Dialogue of '78, promoted by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, which began a process of rapprochement between Cuba and the Cuban community abroad, which has been permanent and unwavering.
On the morning of today Ambassador Carmelina Ramírez Rodríguez, signed the condolences book opened at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Harare, for the assassination of the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, during the US bombing against Baghdad airport in Iraq.
In the message, the Cuban Ambassador strongly condemned what happened and transferred the rejection of the Cuban government to unilateral and unjustified aggressive actions of the United States government, which constitute a flagrant violation of International Law and the sovereignty of the countries.