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User currently offlineND From Belgium, joined Feb 2004, 280 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Fortune has it that I have found myself in possession of Cuban cigars. Since I myself do not smoke cigars, I wish to provide them as a gift for someone else. However, that person resides in Europe and my flight to Europe originates in the US. Would it be possible for me to take these along with me or would security confiscate them?

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User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Coming in to the United States would be more problematic.

Leaving? I am not sure you would have a problem. I've never taken cigars to a foreign country.

I've "heard" that customs officials in the U.S. confiscate them on the way in....and see to it that they are destroyed.

Hopefully not by fire and not one at a time.

User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

This problem is very similar to my Vicodan and Percocet in Mexico one! Here is what I say, put them in your checked bag DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HIDE THEM in any way and if they stop you just tell them that you didnt know that it was illegal and let them take them without a fight. I have only once ever had a problem and the officer told me either I can turn them over as "waist" or they would have to try to figure out exactly where I had got them and if they were illegal all the while I would have to be held. I imagine cigars are the same because truly the officer at the desk cannot determine if they were bought there.

User currently offlineArkhem From Ghana, joined Jul 2004, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Lol vicodin and percocet? You had a perscription for those right?  Big grin But anyways, why not ship them (the cigars)?

User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Leaving the US, there is no customs check or inspection. However, I don't know how the TSA/security inspection would affect this. Are they allowed to seize contraband items from your luggage? Most countries in Europe, if not all, allow import of Cuban products.

I agree with UAL747DEN, can't do any harm to take them, just do not hide them. Now, about the Vicodan and Percocet,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1141 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

My two cents... unwrap them, carefully take the paper ring off, and place them inside a ziploc-bag somewhere in your checked luggage. If truly a quality cigar, the connoisseur recipient will surely appreciate them, even without all the fancy packing.

I've been smoking cigars for 18+ years, and at least 5 to 10 cigars accompany me in a travel humidor in any typical four-day business travel. Never had a problem, in or out the US... Although I never attempt to bring in Cuban, I have never been questioned about their origin.

As a side note, I find Cuban cigars to be an overrated (and overpriced) cult myth... There are excellent cigars made in Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico... And on a recent trip to Lima, I smoked a couple of astonishingly good Peruvian-made "Bolivares". Wow.

So no need to get in trouble for bringing in a fine Cuban cigar into the US - plenty of fine options out there.


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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Adriaticus is right. Just remove any label that indicates that they are Cubans and you should have no trouble. I was told this at LHR duty free when I asked if I can buy cubans to take them with me to the States.

User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2278 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

It depends on the quantity of cigars. I flew several times into the US with a box of cubans. As long as they are for your personal use TSA/customs/immigration don't have any problem with them.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

I know this is off topic, but what is so bad about cuban cigars?

And when you have to give up the cigars at U.S. customs, what exactly do they do with the cigars, really? Do the customs agents keep it for themselves or go out back in the break room and smoke one for themselves?

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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

One of my friends stuck some in the bottom of his golfbag coming back from Mexico and they didnt catch him. You could probably get away with it like that.


User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3885 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Are they allowed to seize contraband items from your luggage? Most countries in Europe, if not all, allow import of Cuban products.

Of course they are allowed to seize contraband. If they see you travelling with 50 kilos of cocaine, for example, they're not going to just let you go because you don't have any weapons to go along with it. Their job is law enforcement.

Cuban cigars are not 100% forbidden in the US anymore, but there are still some pretty strict rules. I would think exporting them from the US would be greeted with suspicion at the very least, and suspicion is one of the things you don't want when you're trying to board an airplane.

I would also think anything over the $100 value currently allowed to be brought back from Cuba would be confiscated immediately (you don't say how many you have), since it is illegal to sell Cuban cigars and you'd have a tough time convincing anyone you were going to smoke more than that amount yourself on a vacation. (I'm not sure what the rules are for giving them away, but again you'd probably be questioned at least as to where you got them, since you can't bring more than that amount into the country to begin with.)

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User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

The land of the free, but you're not allowed to smoke Cuban cigars! Quite ironic really.

User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1901 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

The cigars are legal in the US if they were purchased in/from Russia, which I am sure they were. My friend gave me one, the last one in the box. I gave the cigar away. I thought the box was of more value.

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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Its not illegal to smoke Cuban cigars in the US. You just can't import them from a third country, say the UK. If I were to fly from Cuba to the US, I am allowed three boxes of cigars. I've brought them back from EU several times and not even a hiccup.

As to leaving the US for a foreign destination, you won't have any problems. I usually place them in my carry-on, yes, yes, I know, no lighters and no matches...

Don't worry about it. Like the saying goes...smoke 'em if you got 'em.

User currently offlineF9Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 704 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

One option is to ship them by mail. Just go to the local post office and mail them to the person you want to give them to.

While it is illegal to transport Cuban cigars through the United States, I've found customs enforcement to be somewhat lax in regards to this. U.S. Customs is primarily looking for drugs and explosives. Since you will be "in transit", they are less likely to do a thorough search of your checked luggage. I've taken five cruises (three through Miami, one through Tampa, and one through Long Beach), and I've never had my luggage searched. In fact, my last cruise (through Tampa) was the only time that the customs officer even asked me any questions. By the way, the questions were, "How many people are traveling with you today?", "Do you have any cigars?", and "Do you have any alcohol with you?" After I answered his questions, I was sent on my way.


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

"The land of the free, but you're not allowed to smoke Cuban cigars! Quite ironic really."

..this coming from the land of the heavily taxed....

Now THAT is ironic... really.

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

What the hell did that have to do with anything, JeffM? Changing the subject again?

What IS wrong with Cuban cigars? Except our out-of-date paranoia with Cuba, which should have ended long ago.

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