Cuba Politics

How to appeal an OFAC fine for traveling to Cuba

Posted December 08, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Under rules by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), tourists caught traveling illegally to Cuba can be fined up to $55,000, although most first-time violators are fined $7,500—less if they can prove, for instance, they performed humanitarian work on the island.

When issued a penalty notice by OFAC, the individual has 30 days to appeal. If the case is not settled out of court, the case goes before an administrative law judge, who can uphold or dismiss the penalty.

There’s one more administrative appeal available, to a person known as a ‘‘Treasury Secretary designee,’’ according to an OFAC spokeswoman. If the fine still stands, the individual can take the case to a U.S. federal district court.

Member Comments

On December 08, 2004, alejendro wrote:

I fully believe that citizens of the the United States should be penalized for travelling to Cuba. They elected the government headed by George Bush twice and they should be penalized because the governments they have elected for the last forty years has passed these laws and they should be forced to pay the consequences.

On December 08, 2004, Dana Garrett wrote:

Perhaps, then, only those who voted for these governments should be fined.  smile

On December 09, 2004, curt9954 wrote:

The best way to avoid paying fines for traveling to Cuba is not to admit to any Customs official that you travelrd there. They would have an extremely difficult time proving their case. Remember, in this country you are innocent until proven guilty.
It is okay to lie in certain situations.

On December 09, 2004, Ziona wrote:

Yes, lie the same way our government lied about Iraq’ WMD. The trick also is not to bring back anything that you could had obtained in Cuba. Be sure your bags and pockets are Cuba-items free, that way it would even be more difficult for the persecutors to prove you went to the forbidden island.