The Associated Press notes America’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism. Travelers can visit the country legally by obtaining a “cultural exchange” license, however.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which approves travel to the country, would not comment on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s individual case.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the Executive Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C., a group dedicated to promoting democracy in the Caribbean country, blasted the hip-hop power couple for vacationing in the communist nation.
“There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason … people are fighting for their freedom,” he told TMZ, claiming Beyonce and Jay-Z’s failed to educate themselves on Cuba’s human rights violations before making the trip. “It’s extremely insensitive,” he added.