Flying HAV-MAD-LDN with rum

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Flying HAV-MAD-LDN with rum

Postby n4talie » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:47 am


Just wanted to warn any travellers flying with Air Europa from Havana to London via Madrid, that any rum purchased at Havana duty free will be confiscated upon transit in Madrid Barajas airport, even if it is put into sealed bags.

The Spanish security claim that this is due to it coming from Latin America and thus "unsafe", but we saw them opening the sealed bags and stacking the bottles away to the side, presumably to drink themselves (?). Half of the flight were stung like this.

The duty free shop staff in Havana do not check your final destination, only the first of your boarding cards, so will not warn you about this. If you want to bring back rum from Cuba, please buy before you leave for the airport and pack into your main hold baggage to avoid any nasty surprises when you touch down at the other end.

For those flying direct to the UK from Havana, there have been no such issues with HMRC.
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