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Cuba Import Restrictions

In order to enter Cuba, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Cuba government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Cuba, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Cuba.

Import restrictions

All organisations of the State and its enterprises, embassy and diplomatic personnel in Cuba, and representatives of international agencies are authorised to receive items which correspond to their activities. All contents are subject to customs duty, except prosthetics, educational books, records and films. Cuban authorities will seize any item they cannot readily identify.

Senders should determine import restrictions from Cuba authorities before posting:

EDN’s and export permits are required for:


Only the Philatelic Federation can exchange stamps.

Special documentation

All packages require an invoice endorsed by a Cuban consul attached to the customs declaration.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Cuba prohibits:

Cuban Postal authorities do not accept ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to custom duty.