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Old Jun 16, 22, 3:55 pm
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OR Tambo Immigration Wait Times

Hi all!

I was wondering if those who have recently flown into JNB can comment on the non citizen wait times going thru immigration. Iíve been extremely spoiled these past couple of years with absolutely no wait in lines however with travel getting back to pre pandemic levels Iím sure thatís changing. Just wondering if itís time to book a VIP service to help with arrival formalities. Thanks for the help!
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Old Jun 17, 22, 4:15 pm
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What flight/time of day. Have been through a few times recently but nothing worse than a 10min wait.
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Old Jun 17, 22, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter
What flight/time of day. Have been through a few times recently but nothing worse than a 10min wait.
thx so much for the reply - coming in on the UA flight around 6pm
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Old Jun 18, 22, 4:29 am
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thx so much for the reply - coming in on the UA flight around 6pm
There isnít a huge number of other international arrivals at that time - ATL an hour before and a couple of regional arrivals about 45 mins later. If off the plane fast should be pretty quiet.
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Old Jun 18, 22, 7:38 am
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There isnít a huge number of other international arrivals at that time - ATL an hour before and a couple of regional arrivals about 45 mins later. If off the plane fast should be pretty quiet.
Great information!! Thank You!
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Old Jun 24, 22, 2:04 pm
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Connecting thru JNB on way to WDH in early July. I assume I must go through immigration at JNB. If so what would wait times look like at 8:30AM?
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Old Jun 24, 22, 3:22 pm
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If itís a true connection (so you can get bags checked through) or youíre carry on only then no need to go through regular immigration, just a transit immigration check which is normally pretty quick.
if you do have to do regular immigration I went through this week at 08:40 and there was no queue at all. But thatís after speed walking from the plane to get in front of F and JÖ
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Old Jul 11, 23, 11:42 am
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Usually quick

The last few times Iíve been through itís been surprisingly quick. These have been at different times of the day. Of course during peak times there will be a wait but nothing out of the ordinary for a major airport
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Old Jul 18, 23, 7:25 am
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The absolute most I have ever waited is 40mins. JNB seems to one of those airports that people worry about being insanely slowly, but it really isnít that bad. If you really want to witness Home Affairs in their full incompetent glory, try Beitbridge crossing into SA or any city office. 😱
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Old Aug 12, 23, 2:04 pm
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both times it took me around 15 minutes.
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Old Aug 20, 23, 9:48 am
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Hi. I am traveling Sep 21 on QR to JNB and have a separate ticket on MK to MRU the same day. My arrival into JNB is 955am and the MK flight departs 135pm. I have checked bags which QR will likely not transfer to MK so I will need to go through immigration and customs. I see this new declaration online form but it seems to be only if you have items to declare. Apart from the cost of my iPhone and clothes and luggage, I will have nothing of value. I assume as it is voluntary (at this time) I do not need to fill in the electronic form for this occasion.

So assuming I use the "green" lane at customs without this online form, does anything think I will have any issues with my connection time?
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Old Aug 20, 23, 10:30 am
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I agree that I donít think the declaration form is relevant for Ďregularí travellers. Unless your inbound is very late (towards two hours or more) then that is straightforward.
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Old Aug 20, 23, 10:44 am
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I agree that I donít think the declaration form is relevant for Ďregularí travellers. Unless your inbound is very late (towards two hours or more) then that is straightforward.
Agree - connection time is plenty comfortable and you can safely ignore the declaration form.
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Old Aug 23, 23, 4:30 am
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Thanks for your (both) responses. I feel more comfortable now. My passport (US) has more than two years on it and I have two full blank pages side to side, so I should be good to enter the country (South Africa) without using the online declaration and proceed to MK for check in and then security clearance to the onward flight.
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Old Aug 25, 23, 2:55 pm
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SARS staff were patrolling the departure lines on Thursday morning asking people to fill up the declaration forms. I just said "yes" and waved my phone at them and they didn't ask for anything more (I hadn't done diddly squat).
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