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Cuba country brief – bilateral fact sheet

Bilateral relations

Australia and Cuba established diplomatic relations in 1989. Australia's Ambassador in Mexico City holds non-resident accreditation to Cuba.

Cuba opened an embassy in Canberra in 2008.

Australia and Cuba cooperate in areas of mutual interest, including on First Nations literacy. We also cooperate multilaterally in the United Nations (UN) and World Trade Organization (WTO). Cuba is a member of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and other regional organisations.

Cuba has been a Forum Dialogue Partner of the Pacific Island Forum since 2012.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Cuba trade/economic fact sheet [PDF 195 KB].

Fast Facts

Cuban visitors to Australia (2021-22 Dept of Home Affairs)#
Australian visitors to Cuba(primary destination (2021-22 Dept of Home Affairs)
Resident Australian population born in Cuba (2021 Census)
Australian residents of Cuban descent (2021 Census)
Cuban students in Australia (2023 Dept of Education)*

# This financial year data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website

*This Jan-Sep data is owned by the Department of Education. It provides updates to these numbers on its website

High level engagement

  • 2018 October – First Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marcelino Medina González, visited Australia
  • 2017 June – Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop visited Havana

Agreements with Cuba

  • 2017 — MoU on regular diplomatic consultations
  • 2016 — MoU on sports cooperation
  • 2009 — MoU to enhance bilateral diplomatic engagement
  • 1995 — Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Sports
  • 1991 — MoU on migration related issues


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