FLASHBACK: When Fox News Thought It Was The Perfect Time To Visit Cuba

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Fox News is blasting Beyoncé and Jay-Z for traveling to Cuba in light of U.S. sanctions against the country -- but the network previously published articles with advice and tips on traveling to Cuba.

Under current sanctions against Cuba, an American citizen can obtain a "people-to-people" license from the Treasury Department -- which requires visitors to take tours that are strictly educational -- in order to travel to the country. Last week, singers Jay-Z and Beyoncé spent their anniversary in Havana, Cuba, after reportedly gaining such authorization, according to Reuters.

This visit drew the ire of Fox & Friends -- co-host Gretchen Carlson said, "[T]he trip appears to be just a vacation going against a 51-year travel embargo. So what is Hollywood's obsession with Havana?" Co-host Steve Doocy wondered, "Why would they spend money in a place where Cubans are being beaten and arrested for disagreeing with the Castros and the government?"

The Five co-hosts also criticized the couple for traveling to Cuba -- co-host Dana Perino asked, "Whose idea was this initially?" while co-host Bob Beckel said the two were traveling to "a racist country" and concluded, "I don't get it."

But a few years ago, Fox's website detailed "a few points to keep in mind if you're considering traveling to Cuba legally." In an article reporting on President Obama's reinstating the "people-to-people" exchange, FoxNews.com laid out helpful hints to readers on how to take advantage of the program, concluding, "there's no better time to book a trip."

In 2012, after Obama strengthened the requirements necessary to obtain the "people-to-people" license, Fox News Latino advised readers on how to plan their Cuba trip:

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