Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

New customs regulations for travellers introduced in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba – New customs regulations, appropriate to current conditions in Cuba and in line with international practice, came into force on Tuesday to facilitate processing of passengers and baggage.

The new rules provide that any passenger can import personal effects such as clothing, footwear and articles for personal use, including portable digital media player and camera, exempted from duties.

The regulations also include mobile phones (cellular) portable televisions and articles for transportation, food and entertainment and child care according to age.

Also, articles or products subject to payment, where its value is equal to or less than $50.99, and up to 10 kilograms of medicine in their original containers, such as pharmaceuticals , provided that they are not part of the list whose import is not permitted or is subject to special requirements, will also will be exempted from taxes.

In addition, all passengers may import, as well as their personal effects, items subject to duties to the limit of $1,000, provided it is not for profit and quantities of the same item do not exceed what is authorized.

Children under ten years of age can only bring personal effects according to age, and those ten or over have the right to import goods to the limit of the value set.

Up to 18 years of age the passenger must be assisted by an adult to represent them, the new regulations state.

Products of animal or vegetable origin for import require permission from the health authority, while the entry or export of firearms, ammunition or protected species of flora and fauna require the permission of the competent bodies.

The importation or exportation of explosives, drugs, psychotropic substances, or literature and articles of an obscene or pornographic nature or that violate the interests of the nation are not allowed.

Before their arrival in Cuba, passengers must complete a declaration where they declare their belongings.

For those traveling as tourists, the provisions in the Convention on Customs Facilities for Tourism will apply.

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