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Cuba Customs Regulations
 
     
 

There are some regulations for the traveller’s personal goods that will be entering the country and for those that will go out of the island established by the Republic of Cuba’s Custom Service.

The traveller will be able to import, in addition to their personnel articles, new or used materials with a value of up to $250.00 (two hundred and fifty) pesos; the articles that exceed the value allowed could be confiscated.

The non commercial taxes applied to the traveller’s imported articles  is of 100% of the value, the non resident travellers in the country as well as those that are travelling abroad for personal reasons, must pay the taxes in convertible pesos (CUC).

Merchandise that are prohibited in entering the country are VCR´s; freezers; air conditioners; stoves of any type or model, electric oven of any type, model or capacity; electric frying pans of any type and capacity; electric water heaters; iron, electric resistance for irons, stoves or water heater). 

Travellers can import any electric articles as long as their price value, together with the rest of the articles does not surpass the maximum limit allowed of $250.00 pesos.

All the travellers could import free of charges of customs rights up to 10 kilograms of medicines, as long as they come in their original package.

The importation of electric domestic articles by the tourist as their personal goods, will be regulated by the specific dispositions that rule the control of these types of travellers. The travellers will need authorization from the Communications Ministry to import communication equipments: radio transmission equipments, fax simile terminals, telephone equipment, telegraph equipment and telex, professional radio and television receptors that differ from the domestic, GPS, antennas and satellite reception stations, land satellite communication stations.

When any of these equipments is part of the traveller’s personal materials, and did not have time to get the proper authorization, the goods will remain in customs for 30 days from the day of arrival, and with an extension upon request for another 30 days. After the established time without presenting the proper authorization, the equipment will be declared legally abandoned.

The non resident traveller’s in Cuba can re-export the goods that they temporarily imported and export new and used articles purchased in the country with a value of up to $1 000.00 (one thousand pesos).  You can export up to 50 cigars. You can export cigars with a value of up to $2 000.00 (two thousand pesos) prior presentation of a receipt that you receive at the store where you legally purchased the merchandise.

There is no limit on the amount of rum that can be exported; however, the amount cannot be such that in the opinion of Customs can be used for commercial purposes.

It is totally prohibited to export all or part of what can be considered the country’s cultural heritage, without a prior authorization from the Cultural Goods National Registry Office belonging to the Culture Ministry. Art work and handicrafts that do not have museum value, must be certified by the Cultural Good Registry Office belonging to the Culture Ministry and with a value that exceeds $1 000.00 (one thousand pesos) of authorized articles to export.

Art work and museum goods that had been previously imported by a traveller can only be re-exported when at the time of departure the visitor presents the Customs Declaration certifying that it had entered the country. The exporting materials are not subjected to any custom taxes. Importing and exporting weapons and munitions, without the proper authorization of the Interior Ministry.

Totally prohibited to import or export any explosives and dangerous chemical substances. In case a tourist enters the country to do sports hunting or participate in shooting competitions and imports any type of weapons and or munitions, must get permission from the proper authorities before arrival and present them at the Customs Control once you get to the country.  

Except those animals whose import or export is regulated by the CITES Convention, travellers can import or export any domestic animals with their ownership papers, as long as the visitor complies with the veterinarian border authorities in relation with vaccination certificates and other international documents.

To import or export specimens (live or dead, its part or derivative) or wild flora and fauna species (marine, fluvial or land) in danger of extinction and protected by the Convention on International Trade of Threatened Wild Flora and Fauna Species you must present the Customs Office with the proper CITES permit. Among these protected species are parrots, crocodile and carey which is a turtle species.

There are hygiene regulations only restrictive for visitors coming from countries where there are outbreaks of yellow fever and endemic cholera or have been declared infected zones by the World Health Organization.  In such cases an International Vaccination Certificate is requested.

The entrance of natural products of animal or vegetable origin is restricted.  Animals can be imported with prior presented certificate.


 
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