European Union extends travel restrictions that include Cuba

European Union extends travel restrictions that include Cuba

The Embassy of Spain in Havana confirmed that the European Union (EU) extends the restrictions on non-essential travel from third countries, including Cuba.

These restrictions were imposed by the EU for travel to the member states of the Schengen area since July 2020, when the world was in the midst of the coronavirus health crisis.

The member countries of the EU have lifted other restrictions imposed in the pandemic, but as for non-essential travel, the decision remains to keep it under control.

The measure has been extended until June 15, according to the last modification of Order INT/657/2020 made by Order INT/424/2022 approved on May 13 and published by the Spanish government in the BOE.

From 2021 the measure is extended monthly. The Spanish authorities indicated that as long as Cuba is not excluded from the list of countries that have restricted entry to Europe, they will continue without processing short-stay, tourist or business visas.

This week the Consulate of Spain in Havana indicated that it will disable users who request visa and passport appointments at its offices and then do not go to carry out the procedures.

“We warn that users who book appointments and then do not attend will be disqualified and they will not be able to book appointments in the future. If you book an appointment at the Notary, Legalizations or Visas and you are not going to attend, then cancel it, “they indicated on Twitter.

They also recently warned that those users who use intermediaries will be penalized.

“Appointments booked through a manager / intermediary will be automatically canceled. There are enough appointments, avoid fraud,” they said.

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