If you would like to bring small amounts of goods to donate while in Cuba you may do so. Donations are a thoughtful gesture when visiting the island; however, we advise you to bring only limited quantities of small items which can fit into your suitcase. Too many of one particular item may cause Cuban custom agents to question your transportation of the goods, cause you and your group delays at the airport, and they may levy a tariff.
During your insightCuba orientation, please let your guide know that you have goods you would like to donate and he/she will make arrangements for you. Please refrain from distributing items to strangers on the street.
For the Havana Marathon:
InsightCuba has made special arrangements for donations during the Marabana Havana Marathon including running shoes and running equipment to be dropped off in a single convenient location. Your insightCuba tour leader will review the particulars during your tour orientation in Havana. The Havana Marathon Race Director and insightCuba strongly recommend against giving running shoes or running equipment away at the race finish line as it causes congestion and can lead to injuries as runners cross the finish line. We also recommend against giving equipment to random people who approach you on the street as it poses unrealistic expectations on future visitors and may elicit unwanted advances.
Occasionally donations are collected at customs and re-distributed at the government’s discretion. In the event that this happens, rest assured that the items are being given to those in need.