HAVANA – Thousands of Cubans have had their travel plans thrown into limbo by the U.S. State government's announcement that it has suspended visa processing in Havana.
The move is attributed to a stark cutback in embassy staffing after mysterious attacks left 21 diplomats with serious health problems.
On the first business day since Friday's announcement, about 300 visa-seekers milled about in what's known as the "park of laments." That's a small plaza near the U.S. Embassy where visa-seekers wait for appointments.
They all worried that the move jeopardizes their plans — to visit an ailing relative, or move in search of a job.
Carlos Sierra is a 31-year-old restaurant worker who hopes to join his parents in Florida.
In his words: "For now, the only thing I can do is wait."