I'm curious about the current conditions at the O.R. Tambo airport and trying to get through immigrations and customs to make my connecting flight to Durban.
I have been reading online that customs in Johannesburg is terrible. Theft of items in checked baggage or 'lost baggage' and then terrible signage or disjointed lines. I don't even know what the process actually is. So for my questions.
1. After arriving at the airport will be fairly obvious where I need to go next? A sign to immigration customs? Just follow the folks around me?
2. Do they give you all of checked bags back? Is this process fairly quick? I worry about my luggage being on a conveyor belt and me not being able to get to it quickly.
3. I am going to be in in Durban for a over 3 weeks, I was planning on bring stuff for myself and for my friends, like starbucks ground coffee, aveeno lotion, candy etc, a few items from home, will these items be something customs wants me to pay for?
4. Lastly will I be able to watch the inspection of my luggage/carry on etc, to try to eliminate any immediate theft?
I'm so stressed out by so many negative posts, I'm packing light but there some items I'd like to be take with me.