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.