Customs Regulations - Useful Informations

General Customs of the Republic of Cuba is a border control agency. One of its tasks is to guarantee the safety and security of the socialist society and the national economy, as well as tax collection and the issue of foreign trade statistics.

Customs Regulation of the Republic of Cuba

Customs Regulation in Cuba
Customs Regulation in Cuba

Travelers are allowed to bring in personal belongings including a mobile telephone, photography equipment, one personal computer, table, IPod, IPad.

The personal effects that tourists import in their luggage, provided that they are for their personal use and that such effects are re-exported to their departure from the country are free of payment.

According to the new 2012 regulations, in addition to personal belongings for which no customs duties are paid, passengers can import as baggage, with non-commercial purposes and paying customs duties, new and used items up to the authorized limit value of 1000 pesos.

Prohibited Items

It is prohibited to bring in global positioning systems, satellite telephones or other communications equipment such as listening devices. Other items on the no-no list include narcotics, pornography, explosives etc.

Do not bring with you in the luggage that accompanies you:

1- Drugs and narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or hallucinogens, except those of medical use accompanied by the corresponding facultative prescription.

2- Precursor substances.

3- Explosives.

4- Hemoderivatives.

5. Firearms and ammunition, unless expressly authorized by the Competent Body.

6 - Literature, articles and objects obscene or pornographic or that attack against the general interests of the nation.

7- Species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora if it does not possess the permit issued by the Competent Authority (CITES Permit).


What restrictions are there on taking cigars and other items out of Cuba?

You may legally take out 20 bulk cigars from Cuba without any form of receipt. If you exceed that amount (up to 50), you may be obliged to show the official purchase receipt and the cigars must be contained in the original cases with all official seals. (If you don’t have this they may be confiscated).

There are restrictions on taking anything out of Cuba, which may be classified as patrimonio (national heritage). This mainly refers to antiques or old classic paintings. If you purchase a painting (even a cheap one from the artisanal market) you should make sure you get the relevant stamp showing that you can export this without problem although realistically common sense should mean that even without this you probably will not have a problem as long as it looks like a basic tourist painting.