With the purpose of controlling the movement of persons who are targeted by human trafficking networks, protecting the physical integrity of those whose lives are at risk, and stopping any attempt to violate human rights, Ecuador has made a commitment to the Cuban government, and to the Latin American and Caribbean Community, to make a contribution to protecting Cuban citizens given the vulnerability they could face if they come under the influence of traffickers who offer them the possibility of leaving the country and, especially, of reaching the United States.
For this reason, as of December 1, 2015, Cuban citizens who wish to travel to Ecuador as tourists, for a maximum of 90 days, must do so through the acquisition of a 12-X visa, via the following procedure.
1. Visit our virtual consulate: www.consuladovirtual.gob.ec
2. Input your personal data, on the page entitled “Registro Turístico” and complete the tourist validation form.
3. Create a username and password by recording personal information and requesting the 12-X visa, meeting the following requirements:
• The foreigner must demonstrate financial solvency with a bank account statement, bank certificate, or credit card statement in the name of the person requesting a visa to stay in the country.
Funds must be commensurate with a basic minimum salary for each month of the planed stay.
• Visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days per 12 month period, beginning the day of the foreigners’ arrival in Ecuador.
• Entries: Multiple
• Fee: 30 dollars (More information can be obtained via the Contact Us page at www.consuladovirtual.gob.ec)
• You will receive an e-mail with the date and time when you must visit the Consular Agency for the printing of your visa.
We inform you that the Consular Agency, in order to provide services requested by Cuban citizens and the emission of visas, will work extended hours, Monday through Sunday.
Finally, the Consular Agency suggests that, if concerns exist regarding re-scheduling of planned travel dates – especially for those who have acquired plane tickets for the coming days – citizens should make these changes directly with the agencies or airlines where they purchased their tickets.
Havana, November 27, 2015