Beyonce and Jay-Z’s recent trip to Cuba was sanctioned by the US Treasury.
The couple caused some controversy in the US by visiting Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this past weekend. The US has a 51-year embargo making it illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism, however, travellers can visit the country by obtaining a cultural exchange licence. It was confirmed by Reuters that the trip was legal with a source stating that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were carrying licences provided by the Treasury’s office of foreign assets control.
The clarification was made necessary after two Republican members of Congress to requested information about the couple’s visit to determine if the US government gave them permission to travel. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both members of Congress from Florida, wrote in a statement: “Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, US dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.”
Meanwhile, Beyoncé recently claimed that she is a “modern day feminist” and addressed criticism about calling her forthcoming tour The Mrs Carter Show – appropriating her married name from Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter.