While using a Cuban passport was challenging at first after the revolution, many more countries have come to accept the passport all over the world, despite the United States
' protests. Now it can be taken almost anywhere, and many Cubans can enjoy traveling the world. However, all good passports must come to an end, and they must be renewed.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Previous passport
2 passport photos
- Previous passport
- Application form
- 2 passport photos
- Application fees
Gather the documents. The only document necessary for renewing a Cuban passport is the previous expired passport. However, if that cannot be found, the process for a new passport will be the same as the one when you applied for your Cuban passport the first time.
Take the passport photos. The photos must be 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 cm, or 2 by 2 inches. They must be identical, in color and show the full face of the applicant. This means no hats or glasses in the picture.
Find a passport office. In Cuba, passport offices can be found in the municipal buildings dotting the island. Abroad, finding an office can be somewhat more difficult. In the United States, political tensions between the countries require that there is no embassy for Cuba. However, there is a Cuban Interest Section that can be called. Elsewhere in the world, it's best to contact the local Cuban embassy or consulate.
If applying from abroad, it's best to call the local passport office to make sure to set an appointment and to know the hours the place is open.
Apply for the renewed passport. All this requires is showing up at the passport office with the forms of ID and the application. The application can be found online, or it can be found in the office. It asks for standard personal information, such as name, date of birth, occupation and education level. After paying the fee, expect the new passport to arrive in the next four weeks.
Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.