We are Canadians and want to bring back a few cigars as gifts for friends - anyone know the rules for us to bring them home.
We debark in San Jaun - which is a US state = are we allowed to have them in our possession to take home?
Any advise would be very much appreciated.
You are not allowed to bring Cuban cigars into the U.S. That is contraband. If they are legal in Canada (I don't think so) you can have them shipped to your home and avoid U.S. Customs. You can smoke all the cigars you want on the ship.
Sometimes I've brought one or two home with me but I just take the bands off them in case I get checked, but I haven't been yet. I think dope and explosives are more their focus than some cigars.
Cubans are legal in Canada but the American embargo forbids you to transit them through the U.S.. Puerto Rico, being American, means if you have get caught with them there, you are liable for whatever penalty falls within those guidelines. Since 9-11, things have changed enormously at the border points and verifications are more stringent. Debarkation joke is that Canucks can bring 50 cigars home, but if Cuban, rule #1 applies and you have to smoke-em in int'l. waters. Your choice, but I'd buy them at Loblaws.
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