UPDATE: Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Trip To Cuba Was ‘Fully Licensed’
In conjunction with their five-year marriage anniversary, Beyoncé and Jay-Z took a trip to Cuba last week. The trip to the Communist-ruled country led government officials to question if they violated the United States’ 51-year embargo that prohibits American citizens from visiting the country for purely tourist reasons. But it has now been revealed that the couple’s trip was okayed by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Today (April 9), it was reported that an unnamed official from the U.S. Treasury Department confirmed that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba was “fully licensed.”
The two, who arrived in Cuba from Miami, were there on a “people-to-people” cultural visit, a license that President Obama enacted in 2011 to make it easier for Americans to visit the country legally. While there the couple visited with Cuban musicians and artists including young artists from Cuba’s top art school. Throughout their trip, including a walk through the Old City of Havana, Miguel Coyula, one of the city’s leading architects, accompanied them. According to the unnamed official, Bey and Jay’s trip did not include “meetings with Cuban officials or typical tourist activity such as trips to the beach.”