Slightly OT: Baggage on half completed SAA flight

Old Oct 7, 05, 5:20 am
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Slightly OT: Baggage on half completed SAA flight

Looked on the Africa forum but so few topics there, thought I would post here instead due to so many FTers flying to SA.

In addition to our 241 to JNB and CPT in Nov, I have used my VS miles to book return flights from CPT-JNB-LVI return on SAA. However as we are flying back to LHR from JNB, we plan to get out and just transfer to our BA flight. However does anyone know what will happen to our checked bags? Last thing we want is to find they have gone onto CPT...do we have to collect them anyway as we are supposed to be transferring from the International to Domestic terminal? Or do we need to have a word with check in at LVI?

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Old Oct 7, 05, 5:24 am
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I'm pretty sure they will give you your bags back at JNB as that is your point of entry into SA and you will need to clear customs there. Certainly how it used to work.
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Old Oct 7, 05, 6:50 am
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Thanks.

Going even more OT, do I need any immunisations to go to LVI for 2 days and SA for 3 weeks? Phoned my surgery just now and they seemed to think I would need everything done! Was just expecting to have to take malaria tablets...
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Old Oct 7, 05, 7:10 am
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Check with Hospital for Tropical Diseases:

Zambia: http://www.thehtd.org/travel/destina...p?DocID=205#vm

SA: http://www.thehtd.org/travel/destina...p?DocID=165#vm

You can of course check out the BA Travel Clinics:

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...e/public/en_gb

Who advise you to check out:
http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/

As far as what you want to get jabs for, that is a personal decision.
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Old Oct 7, 05, 7:13 am
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Originally Posted by JSC
Thanks.

Going even more OT, do I need any immunisations to go to LVI for 2 days and SA for 3 weeks?
No you'll be fine if you're sticking to the usual hotels etc. The water is very safe to drink and the worst diseases only affect the poorest people, as usual.
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Old Oct 7, 05, 8:50 am
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Going even more OT, do I need any immunisations ...
As LHR Tim says, it is a personal decision; for most places it's not so much what you must get jabs for, but what you should get jabs for.

My travel clinic says that I shouldn't travel as far as the office without tetanus, polio, typhoid and hep A - and you now get diphtheria thrown in for free with these (can't remember for sure which combination, but I think tetanus/polio/diphtheria only comes as a triple jab now). I know that central London is a particularly dangerous place, but it is still comforting to know that I have got a decent level of protection for most places that I go to, even if it isn't strictly mandatory.
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