Western Union Resumes Remittances to Cuba Without Explaining Why It Suspended the Service

Although in a statement the financial company announced the operations are “with immediate effect,” at the moment they are only available from Miami and Hialeah 14ymedio, Havana, 9 May 2024 — Service from the United States to Cuba by Western Union is again possible as of this Thursday. In a statement, the financial company announced … Continue reading “Western Union Resumes Remittances to Cuba Without Explaining Why It Suspended the Service”

Western Union Helps Its Counterpart in Cuba To Resume Remittances ‘As Soon as Possible’

14ymedio, Madrid, 9 February 2024 — Western Union, which has not been able to make transfers to Cuba for more than ten days, has clarified that “although the services are temporarily suspended, we are working to resume operations as soon as possible.” In a message sent by email to 14ymedio this Friday, the company states … Continue reading “Western Union Helps Its Counterpart in Cuba To Resume Remittances ‘As Soon as Possible’”

Western Union’s Outrageous Poster: ‘Cuba Is Open for Business!’

14ymedio, Miami, 31 March 2023 — The sign in front of the Western Union office located at 6590 Pembroke Road, in Miami, has raised the indignation of its Cuban customers. “Cuba is open for business!” says the poster in English; it is illustrated with a flag of the Island and also reminds people that remittances … Continue reading “Western Union’s Outrageous Poster: ‘Cuba Is Open for Business!’”

Remittances Can Now be Sent to Cuba from all Western Union Offices in the United States

14ymedio, Havana, 2 March 2023 — The U.S. company Western Union announced on Thursday that it is now possible to send remittances to Cuba from any of its U.S. offices. The company, which had carried out a pilot test of transfers to the Island only from Florida, will use the payment channels of the Cuban … Continue reading “Remittances Can Now be Sent to Cuba from all Western Union Offices in the United States”

Western Union Expands its Offices to Send Remittances from Florida to Cuba to More Than 340 Sites

14ymedio, Havana, 27 January 2023 — The financial company Western Union decided to expand its service for sending remittances to Cuba to 343 offices in Florida through the pilot program that it has been implementing since the beginning of this month and which had started in a few branches. Among the establishments that were incorporated into sending … Continue reading “Western Union Expands its Offices to Send Remittances from Florida to Cuba to More Than 340 Sites”

Adios Western Union, Come Back Soon Western Union

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 24 November 2020 — Four, three, two … A countdown marks the closing time of the Western Union office in Cuba this Monday. When the clock strikes six in the evening, a long era of remittances through the US company will be over, an end resulting from the sanctions imposed … Continue reading “Adios Western Union, Come Back Soon Western Union”

Western Union’s Offices in Cuba to Close at 6 PM, November 23

14ymedio, Havana, 13 November 2020 — On Friday, Western Union announced it will no longer provide remittance services in Cuba as of November 23 after the island’s government rejected a proposal that would have allowed the US-based to comply with American regulations governing its transactions with Fincimex*. The deadline for sending money from the United … Continue reading “Western Union’s Offices in Cuba to Close at 6 PM, November 23”

‘Accelerate Shipments to Your Relatives in Cuba’ Advises Western Union

14ymedio, Havana, 9 November 2020 — “We invite our clients to speed up shipments to their relatives in Cuba,” advised Khalid Fellahi, general manager of Western Union Digital, assuring that the more than 400 offices the company has on the island are currently operating. “It is important that your loved ones collect the funds sent … Continue reading “‘Accelerate Shipments to Your Relatives in Cuba’ Advises Western Union”

Western Union Employee Says Fincimex Lies: "They Have Not Ordered Us to Close"

14ymedio, Havana, 27 October 2020 —  Fincimex, one of the companies in Cuba’s military conglomerate GAESA, reported in an ambiguous statement that they will close the 407 Western Union offices in Cuba, after the new provisions announced by the United States last Friday which prohibit the sending of remittances through companies linked to the military. In a call from this … Continue reading “Western Union Employee Says Fincimex Lies: "They Have Not Ordered Us to Close"”

Small Cuban Businesses Will Try to Replace Western Union’s Services

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 26 October 2020 — The lines at several of the Western Union branches in Havana were longer than usual this Monday, three days after the US Government announced that it will prohibit the sending of remittances to Cuba through companies controlled by military. The conversations among those who waited ranged from uncertainty … Continue reading “Small Cuban Businesses Will Try to Replace Western Union’s Services”

Western Union Improves the Exchange Rate for the Dollar in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 5 October 2020 — Western Union, a US company, dropped the exchange rate between the dollar and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) by 2%, according to El Nuevo Herald. “We have made a correction in the exchange rate for money transfers from the United States to Cuba and from now on for each … Continue reading “Western Union Improves the Exchange Rate for the Dollar in Cuba”

Many Cubans Fear Western Union is "On The Brink…"

14ymedio, Havana, 6 June 2020 — On Thursday afternoon, two of the Western Union offices in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución municipality had closed earlier than usual because they no longer had cash. At dawn on Friday, the lines in front of the premises were longer than normal and were marked by uncertainty. After the … Continue reading “Many Cubans Fear Western Union is "On The Brink…"”

"Saint Western Union" Builds Houses in Cuba

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 5 February 2020 —  You hear the sound of hammers and a wheelbarrow that comes loaded with mortar to finish building the bathroom. At the home of Olivia, age 28, there is an incessant movement of builders but the sound of the works can stop at any time. “I am waiting for … Continue reading “"Saint Western Union" Builds Houses in Cuba”

Large Remittances Deplete the Cash at Western Union

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 31 January 2018 — Carmen Moya puts on her most comfortable shoes, those that her son sent from New Jersey with a warning “only for special occasions.” Now she uses them to go from one  Western Union to another in search of the money the young man sends her, but the lack of … Continue reading “Large Remittances Deplete the Cash at Western Union”

European Union Is ‘Concerned’ About the Disproportionate Sentences of the Nuevitas Protesters in Cuba

A spokesperson for EU “High Representative” Josep Borrell insists that “within the framework of its policy of constructive but critical dialogue, the EU continues to urge the authorities to ensure respect for human rights” EFE/14ymedio, Brussels, 3 May 2024 — The European Union (EU) expressed its concern this Thursday about the “harsh and disproportionate” sentences … Continue reading “European Union Is ‘Concerned’ About the Disproportionate Sentences of the Nuevitas Protesters in Cuba”