Important Note On Donations

Donations have always been much appreciated in Cuba, however the Cuban Government has begun to strictly enforce a no-donation policy for items brought in by tourists. Anything that you bring for the Cuban people should be called gifts instead of donations. Please see the following guidelines for bringing gifts:


  • Do not bring large amounts of the same item - this is considered a donation and will raise red flags with Cuban officials and could result in confiscation
  • Consult your guide once you are in Cuba as to the best time to give away the gifts and to who - they are your expert resource on the ground
  • If you are unsure about what gifts to bring please consult with your travel coordinator

The following list of gifts are recommended for your host:

  • Basic medicine like Aspirin, Band-Aids, Multiple vitamins and vitamins A, B, C, D, E
  • Earphones
  • Old Smart phone/any used small electronic
  • Unopened make up
  • New USB memory sticks (favorite)
  • Cool new T-shirts, caps with neat logos, new sunglasses, hip key chains
  • AA batteries (brand name)! Boring, yes. But they are scarce, costly and appreciated
  • Attractive Jewelry

Even the items you leave behind are considered gifts:

  • Flip-flops
  • Sunscreen
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Clothes
  • Feminine Hygiene products

For Children:

  • Art supplies
  • Baseball bats, balls and gloves, footballs, sport helmets and padding
  • School supplies
  • Backpacks
  • Toys for kids
  • Spanish/English dictionaries and phrase books
  • High quality summer oriented used clothing and shoes
  • New or used kids shoes (any size)