Sabre has released a new capability that allows travel agents in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to fill out a Cuba traveler certification in Sabre Red Workspace, and send that form to airlines and customers.

Sabre has been working closely with ASTA to implement the feature, which fulfills federal regulations regarding travel to Cuba.

In January, new regulations were released that require travel agents’ U.S. customers to sign a form stating the approved reason they are traveling Cuba, according to Eben Peck, ASTA’s senior vice president of government and industry affairs. Based on those regulations, ASTA this spring created a sample certification form for its members to use.

Once a traveler designates which of the 12 approved reasons will bring them to Cuba and signs the form, the travel agent must keep it for five years, Peck said.

Sabre’s capability utilizes ASTA’s Cuba travel certification form. It alerts agents when they have booked an itinerary that includes air travel to Cuba, and lets them access the required certification form in the Sabre workspace, transmit necessary data to airlines and email the form to customers for their records.

While ASTA has talked to Travelport regarding the certification, the group is primarily working with Sabre.

The capability, powered by API technology, became available to agents and tour operators on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, persons under U.S. jurisdiction can travel to Cuba for 12 reasons: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and some intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials, and certain authorized export transactions.

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