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Old May 11, 14, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by alphaod View Post
I'm looking to travel to Cuba this coming May.

I am accompanying a few family friends. Due to OFAC, I am only paying for the flight from JFK-CUN and hotel in Cancun. All other fees, airfare, hotels, etc. will be paid by our friends who are not US citizens or residents (Actually everyone will be Chinese nationals, except for me).

Do I still need an authorization? The trip is arranged by a non-US company. If do need such authorization, how do I get apply for one when I'm living abroad?
The US DOJ can't succeed in prosecuting US citizens' travel to Cuba as a tourist for just tourist activities in Cuba when the entire trip to/from/in Cuba is paid for by non-US persons not using assets in or from the US. That's with regard to parts of Cuba not held by the US. [For US citizens' travel to GTMO in Cuba, the US and/or US persons may even directly pay for it without needing UST-OFAC licenses. ]
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