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LAPTOP BAN : USA and UK ban electronics in carry-on luggage

The UK has joined the USA in banning carry-on electronic devices on aircrafts coming from certain airports in Middle Eastern and North African countries in response to unspecified security threats.

Passengers travelling from those airports cannot bring devices such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras into the main cabin - anything that is larger than a mobile phone. Instead, such items must be in all checked baggage.

Airports that are affected by the ban include: Queen Alia Airport, Cairo Airport, Ataturk Airport, King Abdulaziz Airport, King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V International Airport, Doha Airport, Dubai Airport, and Abu Dhabi Airport.

The airlines affected include: Royal Jordanian, Emirates, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Kuwait Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Royal Air Maroc.

Except for medical devices, electronic devices which are larger than a cell phone/smart phone cannot be carried in the cabin of the aircraft.  This will be effective on 25th March 2017.

Those at affected airports are likely to experience long delays as airports adjust to the new security measures. Any Australian passengers travelling through the Middle East to the UK or US should determine whether they need to take these devices with them, and if so, put them into their checked luggage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting the Travel Team on 26430.


China - Temporary suspension of urgent processing for Canberra jurisdiction

The Chinese Embassy in Canberra has advised that for the month of March there will be no processing of 2 and 3 day urgent visas due to the high volume of applications being lodged at the Chinese Visa Service Centre.

China - New photo requirements for all jurisdictions

The Chinese Embassy and Consulates in Australia have updated their photo requirements. Please refer to the VisasDirect website for updated requirements including but not restricted to head position, head coverings, eyewear and jewellery.

Updated changes to Canada visas

From 29 September 2016 ALL passengers travelling into Canada by air must have an ETA before travelling otherwise they may be refused boarding.  Passengers entering by land or sea do not require an ETA - only those entering by air

Updated changes to Vietnam visas

All visa fees have increased by $10.00 recently and have been adjusted online


New Travel Management Company

On Monday 1 August 2016, the UniSA moved to our new travel management company, Orbit World Travel (Orbit) (formerly World Travel Professionals).  All new bookings are made with Orbit; however UniSA will continue to work with the existing service providers (Phil Hoffmann and Campus Travel) to administer amendments and cancellations relating to existing bookings.

As we have now moved from a panel of providers to a sole preferred travel management company, you will notice that travellers will no longer choose between two quotes from multiple service providers. Instead, travellers will now normally be offered three quotes from Orbit.

The Travel Team and Orbit conducted a series of roadshows at the metropolitan campuses and online explaining the changes to travellers and travel arrangers. You can access the presentation and audio (to be uploaded in due course).

You should not notice any other material changes to the travel booking process. Travellers will continue to use the existing BTR although, as communicated to travellers recently, we are looking forward to moving to a significantly improved Appian-based travel request and approval process later this year.

If you or your staff have any queries or feedback relating to the change of service provider, or the travel booking process generally, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Amey, Procurement Category Manager: Travel.


Travel Bookings - Online Business Travel Request Form (BTR)

All travel bookings require the completion of the BTR which has been amended in the 'Travel Insurance, Medical and Other Related Travel Questions' section to incorporate additional wording in relation to the requirement of staff to inform the university of any pre-existing medical conditions that could impact on their fitness to travel or if they have received medical advice which could reasonable preclude them from taking the journey as it may invalidate the travel insurance and a consequence could be that staff become personally liable for any medical costs as a result.

Business Travel Request Form

Any information provided to the Insurance Office in relation to a pre-existing medical condition will be securely stored and will not be used for any other purpose.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Travel Team via email: travelteam@unisa.edu.au or Phone: (08) 8302 6430.

Further information regarding Travel is also available on the following web links:

Travel Insurance
Travel Guidelines