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Jan 5 cruise - bringing back customs has changed

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It's no longer easy to bring back tons of custom cigars. Cuban customs at the airport has changed since Trump announcement. Two friends had large hauls confiscated after the announcement. They are actively searching suitcases for American travelers once again. Anything more than 100 custom rolls is a real risk.

I tried a cruise to see if it was different, and it was much more lenient. This could have been due to many reasons, 2000 cruise passengers going on and off the ship, everyone buying a couple boxes or more, not enough staff to handle that many searches, etc. But it was a pain in the ass and took up our whole day in Cuba, and I wont do it again. I did manage 500 sticks, so I can't complain too much.

The cruise line didn't allow you to use your owns OFAC reasons, you had to choose guided tour, either through the ship or third party.

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It's no longer easy to bring back tons of custom cigars. Cuban customs at the airport has changed since Trump announcement. Two friends had large hauls confiscated after the announcement. They are actively searching suitcases for American travelers once again. Anything more than 100 custom rolls is a real risk.
I tried a cruise to see if it was different, and it was much more lenient. This could have been due to many reasons, 2000 cruise passengers going on and off the ship, everyone buying a couple boxes or more, not enough staff to handle that many searches, etc. But it was a pain in the ass and took up our whole day in Cuba, and I wont do it again. I did manage 500 sticks, so I can't complain too much.
The cruise line didn't allow you to use your owns OFAC reasons, you had to choose guided tour, either through the ship or third party.
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Facturas come with factory boxes. And those are always safe. Cuban customs USED to accept store receipts for custom cigars. Previously, I never had a problem using store receipts for large amounts of cigars,  but now the game has changed. 

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7 minutes ago, shlomo said:

Those aren't customs....Are those the 2017 SW GRs? Didn't know they have been released yet.

 

I'm confused.

 

of course they are. custom rolled in the streets! :D

not saying they are fake but they look a bit pale to me but based on what OP wrote I think he has experience and bought real ones. I hope.

 

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Just pulled this from a cuban cigar facebook message board
 
 
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For all of you that are curious how many Custom Rolled Cigars you can bring from Cuba. My friend just boarded the flight from Havana to Miami. He had about 100 Custom rolled cigars total on his person and in his checked bag. They confiscated all but 20. The Customs Officer told my friend that 20 was the limit. There was no discussion or negotiations on this. A sad day for my buddy.

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3 hours ago, uscmd310 said:
Just pulled this from a cuban cigar facebook message board
 
 
22519267_10155687551417822_6435539908933

1f525.png🔥1f525.png🔥1f525.png🔥 PSA Regarding Custom Rolls 1f525.png🔥1f525.png🔥1f525.png🔥

For all of you that are curious how many Custom Rolled Cigars you can bring from Cuba. My friend just boarded the flight from Havana to Miami. He had about 100 Custom rolled cigars total on his person and in his checked bag. They confiscated all but 20. The Customs Officer told my friend that 20 was the limit. There was no discussion or negotiations on this. A sad day for my buddy.

I may have just gotten lucky, but I just went through Cuban customs with 125 custom rolled cigars

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17 hours ago, GotaCohiba said:

Made it through customs in Miami and no one asked what we had. I was planning to declare all items and pay duty as necessary 

Congratulations. Make sure to post some porn for us.

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On ‎17‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 5:31 AM, uscmd310 said:

The cruise line didn't allow you to use your owns OFAC reasons, you had to choose guided tour, either through the ship or third party.

Sounds like Russia.........official tours / guides only....unless you have a visa.

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47 minutes ago, Trevor2118 said:

Sounds like Russia.........official tours / guides only....unless you have a visa.

If you're a US citizen, you have to have a VISA regardless in order to get off the boat. My wife and I went over Christmas and everyone on the boat who wanted to get off the boat and go to Havana, had to have a VISA, even if they were not a US citizen. When we went, one did not have to have an official tour through the boat, they let everyone off of the boat that wanted to go and had a VISA, they stated multiple times that WE were the ones who had to keep official documentation for the OFAC if they ask for it regarding the trip.

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