The Cuba Study Group welcomes the Cuban government’s decision to remove several barriers to the diaspora’s ability to travel to the island. Eliminating the requirement that Cuban émigrés seek approval to use their Cuban passports for travel to Cuba removes a redundant and arbitrary obstacle to their return to their country of origin. By making it easier for the descendants of Cuban citizens born abroad to claim Cuban citizenship, the Cuban government has laid the groundwork for greater engagement of Cubans around the world in island affairs. Finally, removing prohibitions on certain groups of undocumented Cuban migrants from returning enables the reunification of long-separated families.

There is still much work to be done and there are details to be clarified. The Cuban passport remains the most expensive in the Western Hemisphere. While it is valid for six years, Cuban citizens and residents abroad still have to pay for costly extensions of the document every two years. Within the context of reductions of staff at the Cuban embassy in Washington, we call on the Cuban government to ease these bureaucratic and financial hurdles. Furthermore, Cubans that have become nationalized citizens of other countries, and no longer claim Cuban residency, should be free to visit the island with those countries’ passports, provided they follow requirements applicable to their adopted countries.

The Cuba Study Group supports the free flow of people, ideas, and commerce between the United States and Cuba. Allowing Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba more easily will bring healing and advance national reconciliation. Cuban-Americans also patronize the island’s private businesses at a higher rate than other travelers, giving a much-needed boost to a sector that has recently suffered a series of external and internal shocks. The diaspora represents an important source of financial assistance and grassroots investment. Yet, due to legal and regulatory obstacles, the full potential of these ties has not been reached.

Together, Cubans on the Island and the diaspora can contribute to positive change on the island. By creating conditions for Cubans abroad to participate in the country’s economic, cultural, and political life, Cuban authorities can advance much-needed reforms. Officials must see all members of the diaspora as more than financial lifelines, or a constituency to be regulated. We are and aspire to be treated as integral members of the nation itself.

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