TORONTO -- Tourists arriving in Cuba are not subject to new weight
limits on personal belongings, according to Cuban customs officials
who issued a clarification Oct. 7 regarding new customs taxes
slated to take effect Nov. 1.
The new tax ruling first appeared on a Web site Sept. 27
maintained by the General Customs of the Republic of Cuba (www.aduana.islagrande.cu). Several newspapers in
Canada and Miami then reported that visitors would be charged hefty
arrivals taxes, based on the weight of their baggage.
A deluge of inquiries at the Web site prompted the
A spokesman for the Cuban Tourist Board here said that "there
are no changes. Tourists may continue to import personal belongings
free of Customs duties and without weight limits."
The new regulations pertain to non-tourist arrivals.