Spain reopens its consulate in Cuba after remaining temporarily closed due to COVID-19

The Spanish authorities have announced that its embassy located in the Cuban capital, Havana, has started to offer its services, which include, among others, the processing of Schengen and transit visas.

The Spanish Embassy in Havana has resumed work after remaining temporarily closed due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and its new variants, reports

On Thursday, the diplomatic headquarters posted on Twitter a link with all the requirements for the process, which resumed following the change in the conditions to enter Spain.

Through a statement, the consulate warned that despite the fact that appointments open every day, the only day reserved for such a procedure is Thursday.

Such an announcement sparked controversy after, according to many Cubans who were waiting for the renewal of the service, it was impossible to make an appointment.

In this regard, the diplomatic account noted the problem. “There is a strong demand. Remember that our capacity is limited.

The Spanish Embassy also stressed that visa applications that were put on hold before the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus and its new strains will be resolved as soon as possible and will receive an email with the explanation, even if they can reach the offices of the consulate without an appointment.

Separately, the consulate noted that those who had received their visa and were not allowed to travel due to the situation caused by the virus would also be forced to start a new procedure with the corresponding appointment booking.

Such an announcement was also criticized by the candidates, as 14ymedio reports.

Based on the Spanish consulate website, the visa fee is 1,130 pesos for all children between the ages of 6 and 12 and 2,255 pesos for other applicants.

Spanish authorities announced earlier this month that they had changed the requirements for all travelers wishing to enter the territory. They clarified that until May 21, they accepted vaccination certificates that showed travelers had completed their vaccination process with vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO); however, now they allow entry to anyone who tests negative for COVID-19.

Until May 21, Cuban citizens who had received one of the two vaccines against the virus were not allowed to travel to Spain after the antidotes Soberana and Abdala were not recognized by the World Health Organization. health.

Like other European countries, Spain has started to reopen its consulates located in other countries after temporarily closing them due to the virus.

Last month, the Spanish authorities announced that they had decided to reopen their consulate in Algiers, the Algerian capital.

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