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Recently Ministry of Cigars got confronted with the wild range of different rules and regulations for cigars while traveling internationally. Most countries in the world have an allowance to bring in cigars for personal consumption. It ranges from no allowance at all, to a no limit as long as the boxes are open and it’s for personal consumption. Some countries measure by numbers, others by weight, some in grams in the metric system, others by pounds in the imperial system.

Now even though there are limits to the duty-free allowance, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring in cigars at all. Just declare them, and after paying tax, you can bring in the cigars anyway. Our advice is to play by the rules. Don’t be a dumbass and risk a fine, or even be arrested and trialed for smuggling. It’s not worth your time, or your reputation.

In a series of articles, we dive into the allowances per country, categorized by continent. We started with Europe, then we went to Asia, today we dive into the regulations of Africa

Africa goes all the way from reasonable quantities to no limit as long as the boxes are open and for personal use. Then there are countries that have set a limit in weight, a limit in cigars and there’s even a country that gives our sisters of the leaf a hard time.

And then there is the difference between cigars and cigarillos. Some countries specify that on their duty-free regulations. Small cigars that weigh less than 3 grams each are considered cigarillos.

Now note: all these numbers are the allowance when you bring in cigars personally. The rules and regulations on postal shipments are different.

Algeria

Algeria has an allowance of 50 cigars.

Angola

Angola as a duty-free limit of 500 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Benin

Benin allows you to bring in 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos duty-free.

Botswana

Botswana has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Burundi

Burundi has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of tobacco.

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Cameroon

Cameroon has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Central African Republic

CAR Central African Republic has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Chad

Chad has a duty free allowance of 125 cigars or 400 cigarillos

Comoro Islands

The Comoro Islands have a duty free allowance of 100 cigars.

Congo

Congo has a duty free allowance of 1box cigars. But there’s an extra rule, bad news for the female cigar smokers. Only men are allowed to bring in duty-free cigars. Congo is the only country in the world with this sexist regulation.

Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Djibouti

Djibouti has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Egypt

Egypt has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Eritrea

Eritrea has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland)

Eswatini has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of tobacco.

Gabon

Gabon has a duty free allowance of 125 cigars or 400 cigarillos.

Gambia

Gamba has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Ghana

Ghana has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Guinea

Guinea has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau duty-free law says “reasonable quantities”. Now what’s reasonable for you, might not be reasonable for the local customs officer, so don’t overdo it.

Kenya

Kenya has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars.

Lesotho

Lesotho has an allowance of 20 cigars to be brought in duty unpaid.

Liberia

Liberia allows visitors to bring in 25 duty-free.

Libya

Libya has a duty free allowance of 400 grams of cigars.

Madagascar

Madagascar allows 25 cigars duty-free.

Malawi

Malawi has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars.

Mali

Mali has a duty free allowance of 250 cigars.

Mauritania

Mauritania has a duty free allowance of 25 cigars.

Mauritius 

The duty-free allowance for cigars in Mauritius is 250 grams of cigars.

Mayotte

Mayotte is a French territory and allows the same amount of duty-free tobacco as France, 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. The EU allowance is not applicable.

Morocco

Morocco allows 50 cigars or 200 cigarillos to be brought in duty-free.

Mozambique

Mozambique has a duty free allowance of 250 grams cigars.

Namibia

Namibia has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars

Niger

Niger allows you to bring in 25 cigars or 100 cigarillos duty-free.

Nigeria

Nigeria has an allowance of 50 cigars.

Reunion

Reunion is a French territory and allows the same amount of duty-free tobacco as France, 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos. The EU allowance is not applicable.

Rwanda

Rwanda has a duty free allowance of 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Sao Tome & Principe

Sao Tome & Principe is one of the countries with a ‘reasonable quantities’ policy. Now what a reasonable quantity is, is in the eyes of the beholder. Our advice, don’t bring too much, be modest.

Senegal

Visitors are allowed to bring in up to 50 cigars duty-free.

Seychelles

The duty-free allowance is 250 grams of cigars.

Sierra Leone 

The duty-free allowance for Siera Leone is 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos.

Somalia

Somalia has a duty free allowance of 40 cigars.

South Africa

South Africa has a duty free allowance of 20 cigars.

South Sudan

South Sudan is the only country in Africa without an allowance on cigars or cigarillos.

Sudan

The duty-free allowance is 50 cigars.

Tanzania

The duty-free allowance for Tanzania is 50 cigars.

Togo

Togo has a duty free allowance of 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos.

Tunisia

Tunisia has an allowance of 50 cigars.

Uganda

Visitors are allowed to bring in up to 250 grams of cigars or cigarillos duty-free.

Western Sahara

This region, formerly Spain, now annexed by Morocco but still an independent region. Since the independence there has been constant turmoil over either being an own independent state or joining Morocco there are no clear duty allowance rules yet. But traveling to Western Sahara is being discouraged by almost any government in the world anyway so does it really matter? For the record, we put it under ‘unknown’.

Zambia

The duty-free allowance is 500 grams of cigars.

Zimbabwe

The duty-free allowance for Zimbabwe is unlimited. The only limitations that apply are that the packages have to be open and that the cigars are for personal use.

Next week we explore the duty-free allowance in Oceania.

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