Cigar Aficionado

Cuban Cigar Factories Close to Visitors

Cuba’s cigar factories have been closed to tourist visits. According to Habanos S.A., the exporter of all Cuban cigars, the decision was made by Tabacuba, the governing agency for Cuba’s cigar factories.

Previously the Partagás, La Corona and H. Upmann cigar factories were open to tourists who paid a fee of 10 CUC ($10) for a tour.

The policy is being reviewed. There’s no indication the policy will be revised, but Habanos has acknowledged that a Cuban cigar factory is one of the highlights of many casual tourists' visits to the island. So, expect to see some kind of accommodation in the future.

Those going to Cuba’s Habanos Festival in February, as well as accredited journalists, are still allowed to visit, but such trips are by appointment only and must be arranged in advanced.




"I was at the Partagás Factory last year with my brother and there was a very nice cafe and cigar shop in side and there where tours in the factory everyday that where free" —December 21, 2011 16:04 PM
"Sounds like another brainiac decision. Meanwhile, Habanos SA seems to be more interested in selling/marketing cigar bands, boxes, and jars rather than rolling the best they possibly can. Resting on laurels of decades long gone. Personally I prefer the Cubatabaco days of the 80's and early 90's. " —December 15, 2011 17:13 PM
"Who knows what the heck they're thinking over there. Maybe they want to start hiding weapons of mass distruction in their cigar factories now lol. " —December 3, 2011 18:26 PM
"At least Nicaragua and Honduras are still open to cigar tours." —December 3, 2011 15:20 PM
"Sounds like another brainiac decision. Meanwhile, Habanos SA seems to be more interested in selling/marketing cigar bands and boxes, rather than rolling the best they possibly can. Resting on laurels of decades long gone." —December 3, 2011 08:26 AM
"Sounds like another brainiac decision. Meanwhile Habanos SA for the most part is more interested in selling/marketing cigar bands and boxes rather than quality tobacco; resting on laurels from decades gone by." —December 3, 2011 08:17 AM
"What prompted this action? Doesn't make sense. " —December 3, 2011 06:12 AM
"Very sorry to hear Gordon. Seems like Cuba is going backwards with this one. I feel that shutting out tourists will only further hurt their reputation and economy. I do hope the Cuban government reconsiders and not only opens its doors but continues to rebuild and show all its glorious traditions." —December 3, 2011 04:07 AM
"Is that just in Havana or the whole island??" —December 2, 2011 23:01 PM