Q's on Arriving in Johannesburg Airport

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Feb 15th, 2018, 03:46 PM
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Q's on Arriving in Johannesburg Airport

Looking for some information on what to expect when arriving in OR Tambo from the US. We have two blank pages in our passports but what else do we need to know. What happens when we arrive? In what order can we find Customs/Baggage Claim/Passport control? Do we have to pay for the Visa on arrival?

We are connecting the next morning to Cape Town on the same ticket. Can we drop off our luggage at the transfer area or should we take it with us and re-check in the morning?

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Feb 15th, 2018, 06:16 PM
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You are going to arrive to a modern and beautiful airport that works like any other airport in the world. Once you are off the plane, you will quickly head towards immigration. Once cleared you will go to baggage claim. Grab a cart if you need it as porters are not readily available unless you book one in advance. As you go towards the exit, you may or may not be stopped by customs to take a look at your luggage. It is hit or miss. There is no need for a visa for U.S. citizens on vacation. When you enter the arrivals, if you have arranged a car, they will be waiting with a sign. Have fun!
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Feb 16th, 2018, 06:28 AM
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I would take your luggage with you. Are you staying at an airport-area hotel overnight? There are several with free shuttles.
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Feb 16th, 2018, 07:35 AM
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We are staying in the airport at the InterContinental. Which I think is right in the Domestic Terminal.
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Feb 16th, 2018, 04:05 PM
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The Intercontinental is not in the terminal, it is across the street (a few hundred feet from the terminal exit). You can claim your luggage and use one of the luggage carts to take your bags to the hotel. Or, do what we did, notify the hotel Concierge of your arrival time and flight number and they will have one of the bellman meet you at the exit of the Customs Hall and escort you to the hotel.

You then reverse the procedure the following morning when you check in for your flight. All very easy. Donít forget to tip the bellman.
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Mar 3rd, 2018, 03:00 PM
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I like the concierge/bellman idea. If you arrive at JNB for the first time with baggage cart looking lost, fellows may approach you to help you find where you are going and push your cart there. Some are just trying to get a tip, but you probably don't want to deal with that just off the overnight flight.
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Mar 3rd, 2018, 04:13 PM
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South Africa is a nice place
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