Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Cuba Trip Was Completely Legal


VIXEN / April 10, 2013

There has been much political debate over the legality of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s wedding anniversary trip to Cuba. U.S. law prohibits Americans from traveling to the country unless they’re visiting with a general, religious or “people-to-people” license. No tourism.

Despite the twosome’s tourist-y pitstop at a popular Old Havana restaurant, the Treasury Department assures that the trip was completely authorized, explaining that the hip-hop power couple’s vaca had been classified under the “people-to-people” category, which encourages “meaningful contact” with Cubans.

The Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Alastair M. Fitzpayne explains in a letter, “It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC.”

Fitzpayne added that Jayoncé were in the country “to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba.”

Simply put, Blue Ivy’s parents had permission to be there. So chill. That means you too, Stacey Dash. — Shannon Powell