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Import Regulations
Passengers of 18 years of age or over are allowed:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grammes of tobacco;
  • 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages;
  • up to 10 kg of medicines if taken in a separate baggage.
  • Passengers older than 10 years of age, can import goods up to a value of USD 1.000-subject to customs duty payment every time arriving to the country.
  • Exempt of import duty payments:
  • personal items, considering those articles what a passenger may need for personal use during his/her trip;
  • medicines, prosthesis and wheelchairs for the use of ill and disable persons;
  • books and articles for teaching purposes.
  • Passengers may carry, exempt of payment of Import Duty, up to 25kg of miscellaneous articles considered as personal belongings despite of the fact that they may use them or not.
  • Prohibited:
  • all kinds of seeds, fresh animal or vegetable products unless prior approval has been obtained from Ministry of Agriculture;
  • narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances except those for personal use and provided holding medical prescription;
  • all kinds of hemoderivatives;
  • explosives, firearms and ammunition unless prior authorization has been obtained from the Ministry of Interior;
  • obscene and pornographic materials; printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of Cuba and its revolution;
  • household appliances (freezers with a capacity exceeding seven cubic feet, air conditioners, any type or model of electric accumulators and heating/cooking plates, electric and microwave ovens, any type or size of electric frying pans, electric water heaters and showers, electric irons and toasters).
  • Passengers importing to Cuba other articles in addition to their personal items must fill out a Customs Declaration providing all the information required in this document.
  • If a passenger is carrying an amount in cash exceeding USD 5,000 or the equivalent amount in other currencies when entering Cuba, Customs Declaration must be presented.

    Additional information on Regulations:

    Passengers who temporarily import articles with a value over USD 5,000 in articles or cash must obtain a customs value declaration upon arrival in order to re-export such items or cash when departing.
    Export Regulations
    Free export by tourists only:
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 loose or unwrapped cigars without having to produce official purchase receipts;
  • 5 bottles of alcoholic beverages (for persons of 18 years or over. Receipts must be shown at customs);
  • goods and souvenirs obtained in official stores up to the equivalent of USD 1,000.
  • Any article or derivative from endangered species requires a permit from CITES.
  • Authorized US travelers may purchase alcohol and tobacco products while in Cuba for personal consumption in Cuba. Please note that effective June 9, 2022, authorized travelers may no longer return to the United States with alcohol and/or tobacco products acquired in Cuba as accompanied baggage for personal use.

    If a passenger is carrying an amount in cash exceeding USD 5,000 or the equivalent amount in other currencies when entering Cuba, Customs Declaration must be presented.

    Prohibited (unless holding required authorization):
  • Philatelic and numismatic collections, objects of precious metals and stones, works of art and all articles of artistic, historical or cultural value, books printed before 1940, medicines, firearms and ammunition.
  • Passengers can export more than 50 cigars; purchase receipt is required issued by an authorized store and with non-commercial value.
  • Crew members customs Regulations:

    Same regulations as for passengers apply.

    Cats, dogs and birds must be accompanied by a veterinarian (government) certificate of good health issued at the point of origin. Dogs must also be accompanied by a rabies inoculation certificate. All Certificates to be issued by the Cuban consul in country of origin. Any pet will be quarantined (free of charge) for a period no longer than 2 weeks.

    Baggage Clearance Regulations:
    Baggage is cleared at the airport of the final destination within Cuba.

    Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Cuba.

    Airport Embarkation Tax
    All visitors must set aside the equivalent of 25.00 USD for the Cuban airport departure tax. Although it is usually included in the cost of your flight ticket.

    Place of payment: Airport of departure.

  • Diplomats based and accredited in Cuba;
  • Children under 2 years;
  • Transit passengers, arriving and departing within the same day (no overnight stay allowed) and not leaving the transit area;
  • Government employees travelling on duty;
  • Crew members travelling on duty.

  • Currency Rules
    Currency Import Regulations:

    Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP): prohibited.

    Foreign currencies: unlimited, provided amounts exceeding USD 5,000 are declared upon arrival. All traveller's cheques are accepted in freely convertible currencies, except those issued by American Express.

    Currency export Regulations:


    Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP): prohibited.

    Foreign currencies: only if permit is granted from the "Banco Nacional" (National Bank).


    Local currency (Cuban Peso-CUP): prohibited.

    Foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared upon arrival.

    You can take any currency from your country of origin; except for USD dollars. However, you should only take bills and no coins as the latter is not accepted.

    Please, keep in mind that US dollar is not being accepted for exchanging into local currency. So we recommend taking Euros, Canadian dollars, Sterling Pounds, or another hard currency.

    No cards issued by US institutions work in Cuba, so it is recommended that you verify beforehand that your card is not associated with a US banking institution and secondly, and of great importance, that you always have a cash backup to avoid setbacks.

    You can exchange your foreign currency for Cuban pesos (CUP) at Cuban exchange houses (CADECA) located at international airports, cruise ships terminals, shopping malls and popular tourist sites. You can also exchange at banks and some hotels.

    You can also purchase a Prepaid Card with balances of 200, 500 and 1,000 USD dollars to make purchases in establishments that do not accept cash. You can also use it to withdraw cash in Cuban pesos (CUP) only at Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) at the exchange rate of 24 pesos (CUP) per 1 dollar (USD).

    Upon exiting the country, you can exchange back your Cuban Pesos (CUP) or the balance left in your Prepaid Card for a foreign currency as per international exchange rates.

    The national currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP). One Cuban Peso is equivalent to 100 cents. There are bills of 1, 3, 5, 10, 10, 20, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos, as well as fractional coins of 1, 3 and 5 pesos and 5 and 20 cents.

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