Cuba official: Baggage weight limits not for tourists

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 ( 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 clarification.

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.

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