Government exposes prohibitions on entry and exit from Cuba in new bill

Government exposes prohibitions on entry and exit from Cuba in new bill
Government exposes prohibitions on entry and exit from Cuba in new bill

The Cuban government established the treatment of entries and exits from the country, through the publication, this Monday by the National Assembly of People’s Power, of a draft Migration Law.

The document presented by the Cuban legislative body does not present major changes to the behaviors that are currently assumedHowever, it indicates the values ​​that the authorities take into account to allow entry and exit to the national territory, which is carried out from the international ports and airports available for such activities.

To do this, as is currently the case, You must have a valid passport or equivalent document issued in the name of the travel holder, as well as an identity card or a minor card as a temporary, permanent, real estate, humanitarian or provisional resident..

Foreigners not resident in the country must apply for an entry visa, unless they are citizens of a country that has exemption agreements for this document with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the island.

Based on these requirements, the document specifies some conditions that regulate entry and exit to the country.

Mention that For purposes of entry into the national territory, a person may be inadmissible if: has a history linked to terrorism activities, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, as well as drugs, money laundering or illegal possession or carrying of weapons or other acts that are condemned internationally.

Also, Those people linked to harmful acts against humanity, dignity, and collective health will not be able to access Cuba..

Those who organize, encourage, or participate in hostile actions against the political, economic, and social foundations of the Cuban State are classified as inadmissible.. This being a hesitant point in the interpretations of immigration officials and State Security.

A similar condition occurs with the numerals that indicate that you may be subject to an entry ban for reasons of National Security and Defense, or for being declared undesirable or expelled. However, in these last two cases exceptions may be made if there are humanitarian reasons, public interest or if state institutions so advise.

Meanwhile, one of the points that draws the most attention is that of leaving the country, one of the most violated by the Cuban regime, due to the discretion with which it is applied by the authorities.

According to the document, Any person who is in the national territory cannot leave the country, as long as they are included in any of the following points.:

  1. Be subject to criminal proceedings or any other matter, provided that the authorities have ordered the precautionary measure prohibiting the national territory.
  2. Have pending compliance with a criminal sanction in which the prohibition of leaving the country is an accessory sanction.
  3. Be subject to the benefits of Mandatory Military Service.
  4. When reasons of National Security and Defense so advise.
  5. They have obligations with the Cuban state or civil responsibility, as long as they have been ordered by the corresponding authorities.
  6. Lack the established authorization, under the regulations aimed at preserving the qualified workforce for the economic, social and scientific-technical development of the country.
  7. Lack the established authorization, but by virtue of preserving the security and protection of official information.
  8. Minors without parental authorization.
  9. When for other reasons of public interest determined by the authorized authorities.
  10. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Migration Law, the Immigration Law and their respective regulations.
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They add that people who have any type of these signs will be notified at the port of entry, when they are in the country or by other appropriate means.

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The document published by the National Assembly also proposes other changes such as the possible elimination of the period of stay of 24 months abroad and the designation of migrant for this reason.

The government indicated that the objective of publicizing the bills is to “promote citizen participation and contribute to the legal culture” of Cubans.

According to the official agency Latin Press“these legislative proposals will be submitted to analysis and discussion by the deputies, with a view to their timely presentation in the Cuban Parliament.”

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