HAVE YOU RECENTLY VISITED CUBA AND NEED TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES?

For those foreigners who have been in Cuba as of January 12, 2021, it will no longer be sufficient to present the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), but in any case it will be necessary to apply for a visa at the Consulate General or Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy of the applicant’s place of residence.

To obtain the visa it is necessary to go in person to the consular appointment and currently, the U.S. Embassy in Spain is granting appointments for August 2023.

For this reason it is important to work on the visa application well in advance for those who have to visit the United States even if the trip is not imminent.

At ExpatFeliu we remain at your disposal to support you in the processing of the corresponding visas!

END OF THE COVID PASSPORT AND THE FORM TO SPAIN

The Ministry of Health has eliminated the obligation to present the COVID passport and the traveler’s form to passengers entering Spain by plane or ship.

The elimination comes into force today, Tuesday, September 20, from 00:00. The resolution, published on Monday, September 19, modifies the resolution of April 1 on the sanitary controls to be carried out at the entry points of Spain.

 

Why has it been modified?

The Ministry has considered it appropriate to apply the modification in order to favor the normality of international mobility with the least impact on public health, since the General Directorate of Public Health considered it convenient to modify some aspects of the previous resolution.

 

Spain Travel Health unnecessary

The application required passengers to complete before departure, as a responsible declaration, the health control form through the App or the web.

After validating the document, the App generated an individual Qr for each traveler that had to be presented to the transport company.

Section 9 of the resolution, where cruise-type passenger ships making international voyages and sailing through territorial sea waters will not have to comply with the conditions previously applied, is also left without effect.

 

If you have any doubts about this, you can contact us and our team specialized in internationalization will advise you and give you more information about the entry restrictions to the Spanish state.

THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS

Today, because of the global health crisis, being of one nationality and having passports from one country or another has become a privilege or a curse.

Prior to the pandemic, European countries had the most powerful passports when traveling or moving around the world, but this advantage has now been reversed. Japan, South Korea and Singapore (all Asian countries) now hold the most powerful and sought after travel documents.

 

A Japanese passport has the advantage of trouble-free or unrestricted entry to 193 countries, only one more than those of Singapore and South Korea, according to the latest Henley & Partners passport report.

Although at war with Ukraine, Russian travel documents ranked 50th on the list, providing easy access to 119 nations. China ranked 69th with access to 80 countries, India’s passport ranked 87th, and Afghanistan’s passport is the least powerful, as the passport holder can only enter 27 countries.

According to Henley & Partner’s chairman, it will still take time before travel or migration to other countries will be possible with complete freedom, thus inhibiting us from our innate freedom and instinct to move to other countries.

Before the pandemic, exactly in 2017, Asian countries were barely among the top 10 most accepted passports in the world.

The power of European countries has declined globally and Germany is one step behind South Korea in the ranking. The United Kingdom ranks sixth with access to 187 countries.

The United States, meanwhile, is in seventh place with a score of 186 countries, in the top 10 in the ranking of countries with the most travel facilities.

 

The index, which uses 17 years of data, helps wealthy individuals and governments assess the value of citizenships around the world based on which passports offer the most prolific visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.

Still, given that global travel has yet to fully recover from Covid’s restrictions, the index offers a theorist of the best documents to have as the world emerges from the pandemic.

 

If you need more information or to know the ranking of your country or directly how to mobilize, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts will advise and inform you perfectly.