The government authorities of the Dominican Republic have decided to eliminate the visa requirement for Cubans who transit through that country, with the aim of continuing to another destination.
This was shared from his Facebook account by the official journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso, citing the Prensa Latina portal.
The reporter from the Information System of Cuban Television indicates that:
“According to resolution 09-2022 of the General Directorate of Migration, signed by its director, Enrique García, to which Prensa Latina had access, citizens of Cuban nationality in transit or transshipment through the Dominican Republic will not need to have a visa issued by the authorities of this country. Nevertheless. they must have it from the destination nation.”
Likewise, it is indicated that, in case of not having the aforementioned visa, the passengers will be returned to their country of origin.
“The legal norm establishes that the foregoing is applicable only to those Cuban citizens who left the island and, as mentioned, had transit to this nation. The resolution has been in force since May 12, the date on which it was signed by García.”
Apparently, in this way, the Dominican Republic wants to ensure that the traveler is accepted at the final destination and not stranded in Dominican territory.
Similarly, the measure would mean a lower workload for diplomats from that country based in Cuba. For a few weeks they must process transit visa applications for travelers seeking to make a stopover in Quisqueya, mainly to Nicaragua.
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Since November 22, 2021, the government of Daniel Ortega eliminated the visa requirement for Cubans, and taking advantage of this situation, thousands of Antilleans have traveled to Central America for migratory purposes.
But since flights to Nicaragua are scarce from the island, Cuban travelers buy more expensive tickets and stopovers in some countries in the region, in order to reach Managua.
Most of the time itineraries include the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Haiti or Trinidad and Tobago, for example.
However, Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Colombia have begun to require transit visas for those who make stopovers of less than 24 hours. The permit is processed and paid at the consulates of those nations located in Havana.
Flights from Cuba to Dominican Republic
In May, the Dominican airline Air Century will continue to fly between Cuba and the Dominican Republic with three weekly frequencies. The aircraft depart from Havana’s ‘José Martí’ International Airport to ‘Las Américas’ in Santo Domingo, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Also during the summer months the Dominican airline gray sky has plans to operate some 30 flights between Punta Cana and Cuba for 10 weekends.