April 8th, 2013
10:51 PM ET

Beyonce and Jay-Z's controversial trip

Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are drawing scrutiny for vacationing in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. U.S. law prohibits citizens from traveling there for tourism.

Two conservative Cuban-American members of Congress are asking U.S. Treasury officials to look into whether the couple had the proper paperwork.

"I'm not saying that they should be politicians, but be sensitive to the cruelty of this regime, what they've done to the people of Cuba. It's just a shame to make it look like an exotic vacation, shameful," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Cuban-American Florida Senator Marco Rubio also weighed in on Twitter. In a lengthier statement, he criticized the Obama administration's updated policy that allows for visiting Cuba as part of the "people to people" program.

U.S. Treasury Department guidelines stipulate "Each traveler must have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba."

So did Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip actually violate U.S. travel restrictions? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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  1. JSanchez

    The hypocrisy never seizes to amaze me. We can travel to China, we can travel to Vietnam and other parts of the world where the US has had direct conflict and do business with those governments but we can't travel to Cuba. Communism is not a threat anymore. A new generation of Cuban Americans do not see things the way their parents do. This blockade is a joke and other countries are reaping the benefits. Want to get rid of Communism in Cuba. Promote Business, Cultural Exchanges, Sports, Research ... etc. I guarantee you will get more results than the failed economic blockade.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  2. joe

    Its soo stupid you can't travel anywhere you want.. If you want to travel to Cuba; go ahead! If Cuba is so bad, why are you allowed to travel to Russia when the halocust happen there?

    April 10, 2013 at 7:20 am |
  3. Yolanda

    The answer to the question is probably... yes. Do most of the commenters feel like this restriction is ridiculous? Yes. Are any of them talking about working to change the restrictions? No.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
  4. Jeanette

    Did Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip actually violate U.S. travel restrictions? Of course not......they're celebrities and can do anything they want, just like the politicians can.

    April 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  5. Nancy McEwen

    Why does the U.S. law prohibits citizens from traveling to Cuba for tourism? Lots of Americans have been there and it isn't all on offical business. I'm ready to venture out and see what Cuba has to offer. Beautiful place with a lot of culture waiting to be explored!

    April 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • Jay Smith

      Yeah, but at what cost? I don't think it is worth possibly being imprisoned or put in a work camp.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
  6. Doug Styles

    Obama the rock star is more worried about doing favors for celebrities than fixng my country. Hip hop parties at the white house and idiots like Chris Rock are invited to the white house often.' Smh.

    April 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  7. Deirdre

    This is crazy. Our government is getting too involved in what people do in this country. If they choose to move to Cuba and take their taxes there then what? The USA need to be focusing on more important issues and not people going on vacation.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  8. mike

    How hypocritical of Rubio and company. This is a man who says he supports limited government and personal freedoms and then throws a fit over a celebrity vacation. Just more proof that the GOP doesn't care about the economy.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Gordon Shumway

    ... So? They're hardly the first Americans to visit Cuba. Just go to a Caribbean island and hop over to Cuba; they won't even stamp the passport if they see it's American. The rest of the world can visit Cuba and it's a great vacation spot (a favorite for Canadians). America has other things to focus on than where celebrities choose to vacation.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  10. George Munroe

    My wife and I will be in Cuba in May in a government sanctioned "person-to-person" tour through the Grand Circle Foundation. We feel that a stronger relationship between our countries, and an end to the embargo, is long overdue.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  11. G. Teslovich

    They went to Cuba? Oh! How distressing. Next to the billion people starving and dying on the planet this is a serious concern and meanwhile Cuba is placing more medical personnel in the Americas to alleviate that problem then even the US. By the way, doesn't the US government allow travel to Saudi Arabia (where women can be executed for driving a car); Myanmar and Syria where military executions of freedom advocates are the "soup du jour" and finally into North Korea (and we know what they're like).

    April 9, 2013 at 12:50 am |

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