Bringing Cigars to Mexico
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 11:41 AM Last Post By: joaquinx
Nov 18, 2012 6:50 PM
Bringing Cigars to MexicoHi,I am asking if anyone has any idea of taking cigars into Mexico.I am flying on a direct flight soon and want to bring a good amount as I will be spending this winter and next winter down thier.I plan on putting the bulk of them in a check-in bag,but also carry on a dozen or so.I actually want to bring like 75 of them in the check-in bag.Is this a stupid idea,or is it possible to pull this off.The reason I dont want to buy them down there is I have Dominican cigars,and evidently Mexico has a law that they dont sell Dominican cigars.Anyone ever attempt to bring a large amount of cigars before?Thanks in advance.
Nov 18, 2012 7:46 PM
Nov 18, 2012 8:47 PM
2I've flown in several times with cigars and never had any problems. I don't remember how many I had, at least a box of 20 or 25, most likely more. I don't think I ever traveled with anything except a carry-on bag. The Mexicans never checked in the airport on arrival, although I suppose it is possible if you get a "red light." (You know about the red light/green light system, don't you?)
I wouldn't worry about it, although it is always possible that you might get a red light, which would initiate a search of your luggage. This is unlikely, but if I were you I would try to learn how to say, in Spanish, the following; 1) I smoke a cigar every day, 2) I am going to be in Mexico for three months, and 3) You don't seriously expect me to smoke Mexican cigars, do you?
It might also be a smart idea to learn to say "Christmas is coming" and "do you smoke cigars?"
But seriously, I entered the country (driving) last week with about 250-300 cigars, enough to last me the winter. And then I got a red light at the inland customs check (about 15 miles in from the border). No problem at all. I was on my way again in about 20 seconds.
Nov 18, 2012 8:52 PM
3If you are going to Aguascalientes (doubtful), there is a cigar store on the main square in the center of town who will sell you a tolerable product at a fair price.
Nov 18, 2012 8:58 PM
4In San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz, is located the Santa Clara cigar factory. The problem here is that the cigars in San Andres--at the factory--where they are made--sell for about double the price that you can buy them from JR Cigars of North Carolina!
Nov 18, 2012 9:32 PM
5than-you 2263.I actually bought mine at JR Cigars.In all my times I have never gotten a red light,hope I keep that streak going.I appreciate all you have told me of your experiences,and yes,I will say those things in spanish if I am questioned.Thanks.If anyone else can add to this I would love to here your thoughts or personal experiences bringing down cigars.
Nov 18, 2012 10:41 PM
6The official limit is 25 per person: http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2008/pasajeros/139_10210.html
Nov 19, 2012 4:33 AM
I happen to prefer the Mexican cigars I've tried, mostly the better line of Te Amos, as I found the Habanos I tried too strong as well as too expensive. (Even in Mexico.)
Andreas is good, too.
Nov 19, 2012 5:59 AM
Nov 19, 2012 6:02 AM
9meant to add,
I usually bring a carton of cigarettes on my trips to Mexico without problem (excpet that my Mexican friends smoke about half of them up). But even then, I prefer Mexican cigarettes now, so I take fewer American smokes every trip. The point is, I've never had a problem bringing in a carton of cigarettes.
Nov 19, 2012 6:20 AM
Nov 19, 2012 6:57 AM
Nov 19, 2012 9:07 AM
Nov 19, 2012 3:27 PM
13Wow Gary. but still, 600 cigars?
Couple years ago I crossed into the U.S. at El Paso from Juarez with a bottle of Cuban rum in my bags. The customs guy said he'd confiscate it then laughed, said Merry Christmas, and gave it back to me.
Nov 22, 2012 10:56 AM
14Ok, well I just checked out the Sanborn's here in Zacatecas for curiosity's sake. It appeared to me that only Cubans and Mexican cigars were offered. A Cohiba Rubusto was 360 pesos ($30) and a Te Amo "neditation" (6x44) was 43 pesos, so about the same as you can mail-order from JR. But, if you don't particularly care for Mexican cigars and can't afford Cubans, I'd say bring your own.
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