Cuba Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

1. Allowed for passengers of 18 years of age and older:
a. 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco;
b. 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages;
c. up to 10 kg of medicines (incl. narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances for personal use) accompanied by medical prescription.
2. Allowed for passengers of 10 years of age and older: goods up to a value of Cuban Peso-CUP 1,000.-.
3. Allowed for all passengers: personal effects.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Authorization from the Ministry of Interior of Cuba is required for import and export of explosives, firearms and ammunition.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

Prior approval from Ministry of Agriculture is required for all kinds of seeds, fresh animal or vegetable products.
1. all kinds of hemoderivatives;
2. obscene and pornographic materials; printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of Cuba and its revolution.


Cats and dogs: must be accompanied by an official veterinary certificate, which must include the owner's details; animal details (species, sex, age, name, race and color); details of rabies vaccination, specifying type of vaccine, batch number and date of immunization; details of any other vaccinations and/or treatment for internal parasites. They must also be clinically inspected prior to shipment proving that the animal is disease free and has no external parasites or wounds. No prior authorization is required.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP) up to CUP 2,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: unlimited; amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- must be declared. Traveler's cheques in freely convertible currencies are accepted, except those issued by American Express.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP): Up to CUP 2,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: up to USD 5,000.-. Amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- must be declared and accompanied by a permit granting the legal export of the referred amount.
Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC): prohibited
Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP): Non-commercial sendings: prohibited.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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