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What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

Seattle, Washington
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What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

I am traveling on people to people tour to Cuba next month. I would love to bring a few cigars, a bottle of rum, and some souveniers type clothing and/or items, but I dont want to get them confiscated by US customs. Thanks!

Calgary, Canada
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41. Re: What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

By the way, you'll need Medical Insurance to enter Cuba. Here's a few thoughts...

1.) Asistur Insurance is a great product at a very fair price and covers lots more than simple medical. It's easy and fast to purchase at the airport in Cuba and covers repatriation. It works so well that you can hardly believe that it's Cuban based:

http://www.asistur.cu/indexi.php

www.gocuba.ca/client/news/show.php?news_id=17

2.) If you're connecting through Mexico then consider booking the final leg and insurance through Divermex. They're another solid company and their insurance is excellent too.

http://www.divermex.com.mx/

Have fun.

Cheers,

Terry

Madrid, Spain
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42. Re: What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

Some years ago, a guy that I know who was living in the US at the time went through and removed all the cigar bands from his Cuban cigars - he carried the cigars loose and intended saying they were Dominican bundled (or is it unbundled) cigars. I took the bands in an envelope to the UK and posted them to him from there.

Calgary, Canada
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43. Re: What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

That was a waste of time Beardo and I assume he only thought it worked because US CBP must not have seen the cigars when he arrived.

If US CBP find cigars without bands it is up to YOU to provide believable documentation where they were manufactured, otherwise they're simply confiscated.

Cheers,

Terry

Madrid, Spain
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44. Re: What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

But I guess he felt there was more chance of getting them through that way than if they clearly were Cuban cigars.

45. Re: What souvenirs can I legally bring into the US from Cuba?

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