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Cuba: Canada to make Cuba an “unaccompanied post” April 16

Canada announces plans to make Cuba an “unaccompanied post” on April 16; families of diplomats to be repatriated

17 Apr 03:26 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/23/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Havana). COUNTRY/REGION Cuba

Event

On Monday, April 16, the Canadian government announced it will make Havana an "unaccompanied post," and will therefore no longer allow Canadian diplomats to travel to Cuba with their families. The timetable for the repatriation of diplomatic families is not known at this time. The decision was made following an investigation into a wave of attacks allegedly perpetrated against US and Canadian personnel and their families in the fall of 2017. According to Canadian officials, as of April, at least 10 former members of Canada's diplomatic mission to Cuba have continued to suffer from symptoms resembling brain injury.

Increased political and diplomatic tensions between Canada and Cuba are possible in the coming weeks as the investigation into the suspected attacks, and the removal of the families of Canadian diplomatic personnel, continues.

Context

In the fall of 2017, 21 US Embassy employees, and at least 10 Canadian diplomatic personnel in Cuba suffered several different types of suspected brain injuries which resulted in hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, cognitive issues, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. The Cuban government has denied any responsibility.

Advice

Individuals in Cuba, or planning travel to the country, are advised to monitor the situation and confirm travel plans and visa requirements with the relevant authorities.

 

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