Treasury Dept. Tightens Rules on Cuba Travel

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department tightened its curb on spending in Cuba by U.S. travelers whose trips are hosted fully by persons not subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

Such travelers do not need to get a license from the department to visit Cuba but are not permitted to take a direct flight between the U.S. and Cuba and must not pay anything for the trip.

To help enforce the spending ban, the department established a "rebuttable presumption" that the traveler did engage in prohibited travel-related transactions. The traveler can overcome the presumption by providing evidence that the trip sponsor paid for everything, including visas, transportation, lodging, meals, taxis, tips and departure taxes.

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