Beyonce and Jay-Z don’t seem to be in any trouble for taking their fifth wedding anniversary trip to Cuba. Though U.S. House of Representatives members Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart have called for an investigation into the couple’s recent visit, sources say that Bey and Z’s trip didn’t break any laws.
According to a Reuters source, the vacation was planned as a “people-to-people” cultural visit. That means Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t go to any tourist-type locations like beaches and they didn’t meet with any Cuban officials. Instead, they reportedly visited a children’s theater, when to some live music clubs and visited artists at Cuba’s top art school — all places that show off Cuba’s culture. The source says that the U.S. Government and Treasury Department endorsed this trip.
In a letter written to the U.S. Treasury Department, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart claimed that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s visit was a “clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba.” “Numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda. We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents,” the letter reads.
If Reuters’ sources are correct, then Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip wouldn’t be considered a violation. Penalties for violating the travel ban to Cuba include fines of up to $250,000 and jail time.