Cuban and Panamanian authorities will meet today in Panama City for the fifth round of migration talks, aiming to ensure a regular, orderly and safe flow of travelers between the two countries.
The Cuban delegation will be led by Ernesto Soberon, director general of consular affairs and Cuban residents abroad at the foreign ministry, while Ulises Lescure, director general of Panamian foreign policy at the ministry of foreign affairs, will chair the host group.
The program includes exchanges on existing cooperation structures and the search for new ways of collaboration that foster the orderly and safe movement of travelers, as well as reviewing the fulfillment of the bilateral agreement on migration and the MOU for the implementation of a mechanism for the exchange of migration alerts and information and its related protocol between the institutions of the two nations.
Panama changed the visa for Cuban travelers from the restricted to the stamped category in 2017, a flexibility that allowed a greater flow of Cubans by reducing the admission requirements.
During 2019, Cuba held migration talks with Venezuela, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, Canada, the Cayman Islands and Nicaragua; it has agreements in this matter with nine of these neighboring countries and ratified the Global Pact for safe, orderly and regular migration