4/08/2013 03:08:00 PM

Beyonce and Jay-Z Get Flak for Cuba Trip

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Two members of Congress have launched an inquiry into whether Beyonce and Jay-Z had proper permission from the US government for their anniversary trip to Cuba last week, Reuters reports. The superstar duo visited a contemporary dance troupe, heard a private performance by singer Haila MompiƩ and strolled through Old Havana, according to the Havana Times.

Travel to the island nation is illegal under US law without a license for cultural, educational or religious reasons, but it's common knowledge that you can skirt the restriction by flying through Mexico or Canada and asking Cuban officials not to stamp your passport. Want to visit without risking a fine? Smithsonian Journeys, Austin-Lehman and Insight Cuba all offer tours that include permission under the US government's People-to-People cultural exchange license. It allows travel to Cuba for firsthand-interaction with Cuban artists, musicians, students, teachers, environmentalists and others. B and J haven't commented on whether they had a license, but we say play it safe, travelers. Always have your paperwork in order.


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