Arrival and Departure

Thursday, 08 April 2010Informations

Arrival

Tourists entering Cuba must have in their possession a valid passport, a visa or tourist card and a return ticket to place of origin or transfer to a third country. The tourist card authorizes a stay of 30 days and is renewable for a further 30 days. It is for leisure or recreational purposes only. Travellers can obtain a tourist card from a travel agent, tour operator or airline. They are also available at Cuban consulates in your country of origin.

When at the airport's immigration area, an immigration officer will ask you to present your airline ticket, tourist card and passport. You will then proceed to the baggage claim area and then customs checkpoint. Once in the main lobby of the airport our representative will be waiting, sign in hand, to welcome you and take your group to your destination.

Along with personal clothing, toiletries, and jewellery, travellers may bring in the following products duty-free:

2 bottles of liquor; 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of cut tobacco; or a combination of all three still limited to a total weight of 250 grams; and personal-use photographic and video equipment and supplies, laptops, tape and CD players and radios. However, you are expected to take these items with you when you leave the country.

Important: If you declare gifts, you will be asked to produce receipt(s) to verify the value of the item(s). You will be charged a duty of 100% of the value payable immediately.

Departure

When leaving Cuba, travellers must present the tourist card along with your passport and boarding pass to Customs. The departure tax of USD $25.00 cash is paid at the airport after checking in at the airline counter and before proceeding through customs. Once paid, a small sticker designed like the Cuban flag is affixed to your boarding pass. Custom officials look for the sticker. If you have forgotten to pay your departure tax you will be sent back to do so.

Upon leaving Cuba you must have receipts in order to take any items with you duty-free. Items such as artwork and live or dried specimens of Cuban flora and fauna must have additional documentation. Low cost souvenirs purchased at local flea markets or on the beach are rarely a problem.

Cuban cigars are a popular item. You may export a limited amount of Cuban cigars with its correspondent valid receipt(s). Without a receipt you are limited to 23 cigars. Regarding rum bottles, you may export up to 6 units, and owned jewels. In order to export works of art, paintings and old or heritage items, you must ask for permission to the National Registry of Cultural Funds of the Heritage Chair of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. As to gold and silver in great amounts, you must ask the Cuban National Bank for permission. If you are interested in acquiring specimens of the Cuban flora and fauna, you must request the legal documents to the tourist authorities, including the CITES permit.

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