New Cuba travel rules spur lines at foreign embassies for visas


Long lines of Cubans waited outside foreign embassies and consulates as well as travel agencies early Monday on the first day of a migration reform that promise to allow more of the island’s citizens to make personal trips abroad.

The lines outside the diplomatic missions of Spain, Mexico and Italy appeared longer than the lines that form on a normal Monday to ask about or apply for visas, said one European diplomat who added that it was not possible to immediately quantify the increase.

The U.S. mission in Havana did not see any increase, however, because only those with appointments, usually set one year or more in advance, can enter the building, said another Western diplomat. Both asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.

The European diplomat also reported what he called “much longer than usual” lines outside travel agencies and airline offices in the Cuban capital, with people generally seeking information about the prices and availability of airplane tickets to foreign destinations.

The new regulations for emigration and immigration, which took effect Monday, generally promise to allow more Cubans to travel abroad and permit more Cubans living abroad to make return visits.


Read more Cuba stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category