Alignment of reciprocity
We inform you that the U.S. Embassy in Havana established that since March 18, 2019, the type B-2 visa, used for tourism trips and family visits. Now, it has been reduced its validity to three months and a single entry.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Mara Tekach, made the announcement. She explained that this is an alignment of reciprocity that is taking place in all countries.
She said : “when a country grants a visa or tourist card to U.S. citizens for a certain period of time, we will do the same with the citizens of that country who receive a U.S. visa”.
In this sense, Tekach, specified that the modification is based on the fact that Cuba gives U.S. visitors a ticket valid for only two months, with a possible extension for an additional month. On the other hand, for this category, the United States gives Cuban citizens multiple-entry visas valid for five years.
Mara Tekach also made it clear that the modification does not affect other visa categories for Cuban citizens. For example, this regulation does not affect to B1 visas for business travel or events, or F visas for academic or language studies.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Lydia Barraza told to Univision journalist Mario Vallejo, that the measure will not be applied retroactively. For this reason, the people with multiple-entry visas to the United States can continue to enter the country until their permits expire.
Next, you can find the communiqué issued by the U.S. Embassy in Havana:
Reduction of the Validity of the B2 Visa for Cuban Nationals
Beginning March 18, 2019, the United States will reduce the validity of the B2 visa for Cuban nationals to three months with one entry. U.S. immigration law provides that visa fees and visa validity periods are reciprocal, whenever feasible, with the treatment offered to U.S. citizens. Cuba grants U.S. tourists single-entry visas for a two-month stay, extendable for another 30 days for a total of three months, for a fee of $50. Before the change in validity, we granted Cuban B2 visa applicants a multiple-entry visa with 60 months validity for $160. The State Department has reduced the validity of the B2 visa to three months and a single entry for Cuban nationals to match the lower validity granted by the Cuban government to U.S. citizens in similar categories.
The B2 visa category is for tourism, family visits, medical treatment and similar travel purposes. No other visa categories for Cuban nationals will be subject to modification.
If you are thinking travel to Cuba, take care about all these regulations.