News about Cuba that gives Cuban expats hope

more visa-free countries for Cubans

Let’s face it. 2022 was a tough year for many Cubans, and therefore for the Cuban relatives abroad who could not do much from the distance, despite the tension. In 2022 Cubans endured significant domestic and external challenges from natural disasters to skyrocketing inflation and other economic hardships as well as social demonstrations and loss of electric power and food shortage. Lates news from Cuba brings a ray of light and more optimism.

1. Cuba seeks to relaunch its economy in 2023

Cuban economy 2023

News from Cuba comes in waves these first days of 2023 right when everyone comes out of the New Year party bubble. According to several publications among which, Cuban authorities anticipate a 3% growth in Cuba’s GDP. It comes as a relief for Cubans abroad who struggle to support their relatives back on the island. Let’s see what’s next when declarations settle.

“There are conditions to achieve the proposed objectives and that 2023 will be a better year, for which an increase in exports will be essential,” said Gil, who trusted in the recovery of tourism, as well as in the increase in the production of goods and services, in addition to promoting the macroeconomic stabilization program, among other aspects.” (Alejandro Gil, vice prime minister and head of the Ministry of Economy and Planning)

2. Big mobile credit bonus for Cubans from abroad: 5 times more balance

We all know Christmas time and New Year is a smashing time for Cubans, who know how to party. Also, since Cubans are a world model when it comes to community life, most of them already spent the credit they had available for the holiday season, so the first Cubacel promo in 2023 (Jan 9-14) comes right in time to supplement with a lot of free balance.

Cubacel promo January 2023

January 9-14 all mobile recharges to Cuba from anywhere in the world get 400% Bonus. The minimum amount a Cuba abroad can send back home is 500 CUP. So basically, one pays 500 CUp equivalent plus a minimal processing fee and the relative in Cuba gets 2500 CUP.

But news from Cuba is even more nuanced.

500 CUP purchase gets the relative in Cuba 2500 CUP
600 CUP purchase gets the relative in Cuba 3000 CUP
700 CUP order gets the relative in Cuba 3500 CUP
1000 CUP order = 5000 CUP to the beneficiary in Cuba
1125 CUP order = 5625 CUP to the beneficiary in Cuba
1250 CUP order = 6250 CUP to the beneficiary in Cuba
2000 CUP  order = 10000 CUP to the beneficiary in Cuba
2500 CUP order = 12500 CUP to the beneficiary in Cuba

It’s all available on or MobileRecharge app. The top-up is instant and super economical.

3. Cubans can now travel easier: family vacations or visiting you abroad

Cubans and traveling 2023

More good news about Cuba. Families split on different continents can now travel together on vacation visa-free. Say, you live in the US and you want to spend your summer holiday with your parents in Indonesia which you have never visited before. You’ve saved up for that all year long and you’re now ready to make a super surprise to your family.

traveling for Cubans news 2023

Because according to several sources, as of January 2023, Cuban passport holders can travel visa-free to 31 countries and territories. Check them below or check more data on

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Botswana
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Gambia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu

Also, 19 more countries offer visas to Cuba citizens starting this month. So, if Indonesia is not on your vacation list with your Cuban family, maybe it’s India, Australia or Vietnam.

Or maybe you are a Cuba living in one of the countries that opened their gates to Cubans. Which makes it easier for your relatives to visit you.