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Transit visa OR Tambo Airport

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Transit visa OR Tambo Airport

Travelling from New Zealand to Madagascar via Johannesburg. I have a 17 hour layover in OR Tambo Airport where i have been told that i will need to pick up my luggage and re check in for my onward flight to Madagascar, therefore I will need to pass through immigration and customs, effectively entering South Africa.

Looking on line I can see that OR Tambo has been exempt from Transit Visas

"Travelers transiting through the following international airports ...OR Tambo..are exempted from/do not have to be in possession of transit visas, but will be subjected to biometric capturing directly at the airport"

New Zealand Citizens now require a visa to enter South Africa.

Has anyone done this similar transfer recently ? Did you need a transit Visa ? Are there any other forms/documentations required ?

I have contacted Airlines / Travel Agents and I am getting mixed messages. Tried to contact SA Consulate in NZ but they have not responded.

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My colleague from Lithuania is travelling from Istambul to Tambo International airport, Johanesburg to Gaborone, Bostwana. she has direct flight from Johanesburg to Bostwana. Could You tell me whether she needs transit visa or not?

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22. Re: Transit visa OR Tambo Airport

As long as she stays airside at JNB, no transit Visa is necessary.

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thank You :)

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24. Re: Transit visa OR Tambo Airport

Hi has anyone from NZ transferred through OR Tambo airport recently and can update situation. We plan to transit on the way to Victoria Falls . Thanks

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