Repatriation to Cuba and its Advantages

By Irina Pino

Photo: Osei Casanova

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba is a tourist destination. A slogan says so. But nevertheless, it is also a long term business. Therefore, many Cubans in exile are seeking out the way to be “repatriated”. And what does that mean? Well, that there are certain facilities involved, which will then translate into benefits.

This situation is like having double residency. After receiving residency, the person will have an ID card. They can stay on the island for a certain amount of time. A relative or friend needs to support you financially and put a roof over your head, while you are unable to earn a steady income.

Among the requirements of the request is one whereby the applicant must explain the way they left the country and why they are requesting to reside again in Cuba.

On the other hand, after the exiled person leaves, they need to return within 2 years maximum. They also have the right to receive free healthcare.

When they arrive on the island, the taxes on their baggage will be charged in national currency at Customs.

The most foolproof thing you can do is to set your sights on a house or apartment – if you have money – (buying a property in Cuba is much cheaper than buying a property elsewhere). The apartment rental business brings in good money if it’s done properly; restaurants and private hair salons do too. Most of these businesses have had foreign investment.

Some people seek repatriation so as not to lose their family inheritances, because their relatives are still alive. There are many different cases. For example, I have an acquaintance who gave up her residency in Spain and applied to be repatriated. The reason: to spend her old age in Cuba and to live off of the rent of the apartment that she had bought.

Similarly, emigres who are currently serving sentences in state prisons in the US are able to put in an application for repatriation via a relative who still lives in Cuba.

Let’s see what happens with all of this. Because if Donald Trump sits down and thinks about it, he might think that these exiles are cheating him to make easy money, outside the country of the American Way of Life.

Irina Pino

Irina Pino: I was born in the middle of shortages in those sixties that marked so many patterns in the world. Although I currently live in Miramar, I miss the city center with its cinemas and theaters, and the bohemian atmosphere of Old Havana, where I often go. Writing is the essential thing in my life, be it poetry, fiction or articles, a communion of ideas that identifies me. With my family and my friends, I get my share of happiness.


21 thoughts on “Repatriation to Cuba and its Advantages

  • August 28, 2020 at 2:15 am
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    I wish you all the best. I would though ,advise you to go and spend some time in Cuba before moving permanently in there ( that is if you are not Cubans by birth living in exile). There is much more involved when moving to any country permanently. Culture, social and political realities, economy’s issues,etc. 30,000 Canadian is a lot of money not only in Cuba, but in many other countries too. The thing is, in Cuba, even with money, is not always possible to get what is need it. Shops are scarcely supplied ( many reasons for this) , public transport is really bad, power cuts are a necessity, water supply is quite irregular in many places, health care is world class but medication is not always available and in many cases is controlled due to supply limitations, health care is for free as long as you are a Cuban national with a permanent residency on the island, freedom of speech is quite limited and easily taken as a form of subversion. So if you are a foreigner intending to live in Cuba as ordinary Cubans do, it would be very advisable to give it a go first for a shorter period of time as to test the waters. This is a sincere advise and not ,in any way, aim at discouraging you regarding your plans. Cheers!

  • February 25, 2018 at 8:25 am
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    I don’t know what CUBA everyone is referring to BUT ,I just got back & drugs, drug trafficking , prostitution , & theft is everywhere. The difference is that it’s not reported for fear of losing tourist dollars.
    In oriente a case of a retired person was murdered for his LG LED 60 inch TV & other electronics in his home – cut up & placed in a 55 gallon drum. Health care ? If you can pay for it – maybe but , clinics with no latex gloves , glass blood vials washed & reused , no sanitary condition to avoid contamination. If you want to
    Live in CUBA , it’s your decision but let’s not sugar coat the bitter reality of a system that does not work.

  • July 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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    People Ruben Alberto repatriate to Cuba because they love their country, their family and their culture. But having spent time in the capitalist world, they now have the financial resources to live in Cuba in comfort, something which they could not achieve had they remained in Cuba.

  • July 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm
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    People like to repatriate to Cuba because everything is peaceful, and there is no gangs, drug dealers, or violence, because of the need of Capital to go on living and have expensive things that you see on everyone else and want to have it even if you have to sell drugs, swindle someone for it, but not in Cuba, there is no gangs, or hundreds of different types of gang members, or multiple drug dealers, and the money greed and violence that comes with that need of the MEAN GREEN, THE FRN’S. Federal Reserved Notes, in the FREE World.
    Capitalist Do Not Care About the People or their health care…
    The right wing Republicans are caring only for the GIANT CORPORATIONS, THE RICH, AND ELITE, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS…
    It just business, nothing personal, peoples are just (“STRAWMAN”) for the Corporation.
    Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, are government instruments to gain control over peoples transactions. That is Money, how do you pay a Debt with a Debt? FRN’S have no value. Its just paper, with no Gold backing it, is it legal to pay a debt with a debt?
    SUBJECTS, that is the people do not have rights, they have only privileges.
    You want to be Free, that is FREE DUMB…

  • July 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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    Very interesting, Frank. Please follow up with your decision or perhaps a blog.

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