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    Havana Yields To Pressure and Allows Cuban Passengers On Cruise Ships

    Havana Yields To Pressure and Allows Cuban Passengers On Cruise Ships /
    14ymedio

    14ymedio, 22 April 2016 – The Cuban government changed its immigration
    policy with regards to maritime travel. The scandal provoked by the
    refusal of Carnival cruise lines to sell tickets on its cruises to the
    island to citizens of Cuban origin – a policy subsequently rectified by
    the cruise line – has forced Havana to authorize the entry and departure
    of Cuban citizens “regardless of their immigration status” both as
    passengers or crew members on merchant and cruise ships. Similarly, the
    same measure will be gradually implemented with regards to pleasure yachts.

    The Government issued a news release early Friday that details the new
    provisions and reminds crew members wishing to enter Cuba by sea that
    they have to apply for the permits “through the established employment
    institutions.”

    The note also points out that “Cuban citizens residing in the country
    will have to have a visa for the country or countries they will visit.”

    The Government said that the measure that would have prevented travel
    between Cuba and the United States by sea was intended to avoid and
    prevent “terrorist actions” that “Cuba has been the victim of numerous
    times since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.” For the same reason,
    changing immigration policy will be accompanied by an exchange with the
    US authorities aimed at establishing bilateral measures to ensure
    national security of both countries.

    Carnival signed contracts with Cuban companies last March for the start
    of cruise operations cruise Cuba and the United States and announced
    that the first of its cruises would take place on 1 May. However,
    controversy erupted when the company’s decision not to sell tickets to
    Cuban passengers came to like, excusing itself by noting that Cuban law
    did not allow entry by sea to Cubans.

    The protests of exiles in Miami, which have reached the courts, led US
    Secretary of State John Kerry to speak out against the decision of the
    shipping company, to ensure that it would not discriminate against
    Cubans. Carnival announced earlier this week that it would allow Cubans
    to make reservations and that it would try to get the Cuban authorities
    to modify the contested legislation. The chain of events has finally
    forced the Cuban government to make a decision that it will allow the
    signed contract to go forward.

    Source: Havana Yields To Pressure and Allows Cuban Passengers On Cruise
    Ships / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/havana-yields-to-pressure-and-allows-cuban-passengers-on-cruise-ships-14ymedio/

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