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Bringing film to Cuba

I am flying to Havana tomorrow morning with 2 cameras, an extra lens and 2 ziplocks full of medium format film. I would like to know what people’s experiences have been at the Havana airport with this type of equipment. My husband is Cuban-American so we are going legally direct from Miami. I do not have a press pass. I am praying that they will not insist on xraying my film.
Any words of advice from past visitors?
Thanks.

by Annabel Clark at 2010-01-02 17:14:09 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

You shouldn’t have any issues at all. My kit has never been searched going in, but it will obviously be x-rayed when you leave. To be on the safe side, you could always pop into B&H/Adorama for one of these:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/185375-REG/Domke_711_15B_Film_Guard_Bag_Large.html

by Andy Higgins | 02 Jan 2010 17:01 | Manchester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I’ve been there a couple of times with similar amount of equipment and didn’t have any problems at the airport. Film was x-rayed but, not being very high iso, it also wasn’t a problem.

Cheers,

by Nacho Hernandez | 02 Jan 2010 17:01 | Madrid, Spain | | Report spam→
The only time I’ve heard of people having trouble was a couple years ago when everyone thought Fidel was going to kick the bucket and the gov clamped down on the media. Now, like before, getting film in and out is usually not a problem. Getting it developed there however, is not such a good idea.

by Tommy Huynh | 03 Jan 2010 00:01 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
if you have high iso film that you don´t want x-rayed they will gladly do a visual inspection by opening the box to confirm it is film…

by Eric Michael Johnson | 03 Jan 2010 20:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Never had a problem with film needing to be x-rayed in Havana, on one of my first trips however we waited for one of our checked bags for long after everyone else had left the hall. When it finally arrived we found it had been emptied of anything that might have been of value to them. Biggest loss was a bag of “MLB” baseballs for the kids. No problems since though.

by Paul Nelson | 03 Jan 2010 22:01 | toronto, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→
Any current issues with travel from Miami to Havana? Traveling this week with a visa and a moderate amount of gear… Any heads-up appreciated.

by Tamara Gentuso | 02 Oct 2011 02:10 | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | | Report spam→

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Annabel Clark, Photographer Annabel Clark
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Brooklyn, New York , United States
Andy Higgins, Photographer | Designer Andy Higgins
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Nacho Hernandez, Photographer Nacho Hernandez
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Manila , Philippines
Tommy Huynh, Travel & Corporate Photog Tommy Huynh
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Houston , United States
Eric Michael Johnson, Photographer Filmmaker Eric Michael Johnson
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Nashville, Tennessee , United States ( BNA )


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