VIP lounge arrival
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 12:48 PM Last Post By: Jorgeguide58
Nov 13, 2012 5:19 PM
VIP lounge arrivalWhat can you all tell me about the VIP lounge arrival at Jose Marti. I understand there is a $25 charge? When and where is this paid? What sort of advantages are there for a returning Cuban (from Canada) to take advantage of this situation? Is there any likelihood of savings on imported clothes,etc.?
My wife will be arriving with her daughter Dec.13th. She is travelling with a Canadian with Parkinson's, and he definately would benifit from what I believe the advantages are. What advantages--other than the obvious one of being able to stay close and be of assistance to the Canadian tourist would she likely receive? Thanks in advance.
Nov 13, 2012 5:58 PM
Nov 13, 2012 7:46 PM
2Yes you do need to give good advance warning, make reservations early. I have no idea what you mean by savings on imported clothes, can't help there.
Both chef and I have used this service because of flying on to Holguin/Santiago the same day. A quiet place to put your feet up and have a beer for a couple of hours. If your mob isn't going on to another destination the same day, I don't know what advantage there would be, apart from not having to stand in line, as well as having someone collect the baggage.
As far as the tourist with Parkinson's, if they're travelling Cubana surely there would be wheelchair assistance available if he needs it? Hmmm. Just looked up the Cubana site. Not real informative.
Sorry, others might be able to help more about the advantages to your wife.
Nov 13, 2012 10:24 PM
Nov 14, 2012 5:12 AM
Nov 14, 2012 8:23 AM
5I doubt there is any difference in what aduana might charge.
Unless it has changed, the procedure is - someone is waiting as you exit the aircraft - they whisk you through a fast line at immigration, then take you upstairs to the lounge to wait and have a drink whilst one of the staff collects your baggage. As they don't know what the baggage looks like, they tend to wait until everyone else has collected theirs.
We had visitors who accepted the VIP for immigration but then insisted on collecting their own baggage.
I don't know what the procedure is for bags which are marked for inspection.
Nov 14, 2012 9:59 AM
6One thing is that aduana does not connect a person with the luggage. Since using the VIP I have never spoken to aduana. Before that I was interrogated and or searched every trip. I'm not sure the mark means anything any more.
My bags are usually brought up first because when I do finally leave the lounge I see people from my flight still just exiting aduana. To me, it is the best 25 CUCs I ever spend in Cuba. And if you don't go up to the lounge for a few rums or beers, relax, change money, buy a map, etc., you are missing the whole point.
Nov 14, 2012 12:48 PM
7Custom charges all the same. Custom procedures with bags all the same. Only difference is that you do not really see what they do with your bags. If they need to search badly your bag due to serious suspicions it will happen in front of you and the VIP staffer. Mark your bags so you can tell the VIP staffer how to identify them easily. Can be reserved before arrival. They have an email address (I may find one day in this old PC). Can be requested and paid upon landing. Can be prepaid before arrival which is good for those in my business as I can get all the rum and drinks Chef is talking about even before the arrival of the client…lol..
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