Beyonce’s Cuba Trip Was AuthorizedApril 8, 2013 | Print |
by Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES — It now appears that R & B singer Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z had US Treasury Dept. permission to travel last week to Cuba, a country off bounds for most US citizens.
Beyonce and Jay-Z went to Havana to spend their fifth wedding anniversary and according to a Reuters source they had a license as a people-to-people cultural visit.
The highly publicized private trip to Cuba received widespread coverage in the international media.
While in Havana the couple was greeted by scores of Beyonce fans wherever they appeared in public. They dined at the famous La Guarida private restaurant, took a waking tour of Old Havana and visited with the Danza Contemporanea Troupe, singer Haila, the La Colmenita children’s theater group and with students and teachers at the Superior Art Institute.
Two Cuban-American congress representatives from south Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans, requested the Treasury Department provide information on the legality of the trip under the restrictions of the US travel ban on Cuba.
Both Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart support a hard-line stance on Cuba and strict observance of the half century US embargo and travel ban on the island.
Under the Obama administration Cuban-Americans can freely travel to Cuba while all other US citizens need a special license to do so.
The couple flew on one of the direct Miami-Havana flights usually filled with Cuban Americans and licensed tour groups.
Beyonce is known for having a friendship with the Obamas and sang at the president’s second inauguration in January.
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