Can anyone tell me if those little hand held walkie talkies are allowed in Cuba?
Effective December 20th 2007, walkie-talkies are now allowed in Cuba for tourists. They must be registered at customs when entering and you must bring them back with you.
Alas … as a tourist office, GoCuba sometimes doesn’t have correct information ??? ; it is better to refer to Cuba Customs & Immigration, where they state:
Licence or Previous Permits from the Ministry of Informatics and Communications Required for:
wireless fax equipments; telephone boards; data-net devices; wireless telephones except those operating in 40 – 49 MHz, 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz bands; radio transmitters; radio transceptors, including walkie-talkie; professional radio receiver; land earth stations and satellite communications terminals, including parabolic antennas and satellital phones
Check it out at: http://www.aduana.co.cu/regula3.htm
Now, I’m really confused ??? Why the contradictions? Shouldn’t GoCuba have a better handle on the custom, regulations required of tourists?
Walkies appear to be in a legal gray area.
In one hand the cheap little units are very common in Cuba, they seem to pass through the bigger tourist airports without a hitch.
On the other hand they are illegal and if you run into a dork of a Customs Agent then you could looking at lots of hassle and holding up the bus with all your fellow travelers.
I think it’s a bit of a crap shoot right now, weighed fairly heavily on the side of no problems.
On another note, entirely an personal opinion, I think they’re the same as cell phones - no problems whatsoever if utilized properly, but VERY irritating in the wrong hands.
Maybe Cuban customs is doing most of us a favor by not allowing walkies.
A bigger favour would be personality screening.
Thanks all for your input. If I “DO” decide to take them I promise to use them with the utmost discretion!!