Passengers await the immigration check at the José Martí International Airport. Photo: Reuters.Passengers await the immigration check at the José Martí International Airport. Photo: Reuters.

18 April 2022

Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

In recent times, the detection at the border of people with fraudulent travel documents trying to leave the country has increased, according to a publication on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, which reiterates that “obtaining travel documents from another country must be held at diplomatic headquarters.

According to the publication, the increase has been conditioned by the requirements recently established by some countries in the region, which make it increasingly cumbersome to carry out procedures to obtain visas at their embassies in Havana, a reality that those Cubans whose objective is temporary trips and visits without any purpose of emigrating.

Among the forgeries –the text specifies– include visas, passports, air tickets, work contracts, stamps of migratory movements of entry and exit, mainly from Mexico or from countries that allow arrival in this territory.

“Additionally, based on the principle that migratory flows are carried out in a legal, orderly and safe manner, Cuban citizens who are detected by migratory authorities of other countries trying to use some fraudulent documentation are returned to Cuba ”, indicates Minint.

It warns that “the incidence of this criminal activity has a direct impact on the migrant and their families, who are associated with a crime of forgery of public documents to try to achieve their objectives, with all the legal implications and economic and motivational effects that are generated by becoming in victims of human trafficking networks and swindlers”.

The note refers as an example to the experience of one of the victims of “criminal networks dedicated to profiting at the expense of those who try to obtain their immigration documents through channels parallel to those legally established, convinced that it is a ‘fast and safe’ route. ‘”.

Once again -it is underlined in the text-, the Cuban immigration authorities reiterate that the procedures for obtaining travel documents from another country must be carried out at the diplomatic headquarters, for which they suggest rejecting any diligence that is not carried out by the channels established and by legally authorized persons.

(With information from Minint)


By US-Cuba Normalization Committee

Organizing Committee, International and Nationwide Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations.