O.R. Tambo International airport (JNB) is the primary air travel hub in South Africa for both domestic and international movements, as well as the busiest one of Africa in terms of passenger traffic. Also commonly referred to as Johannesburg airport, it serves as operational base for South African Airways and handles connections to a wide network of African destinations and flights to major aviation hubs in the world that include London Heathrow, Istanbul, Singapore, Sydney, Doha, Frankfurt, São Paulo – Guarulhos, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Rome – Fiumicino. International travellers who transit through O.R. Tambo normally arrive and depart from terminal A, and those on long haul journeys who need to transfer between flights often need to spend the night in the departures concourse. Sleeping in Johannesburg airport, though, can be a refreshing and comfortable experience thanks to the transit hotel inside terminal A.
Can I spend an overnight layover without leaving the transit area of Johannesburg airport?
Yes. Passengers who will catch a connecting flight out of O.R. Tambo do not need to proceed to baggage claim or exit the transfer area on the airside of the airport. In fact, they are recommended to stay inside to avoid issues like not being granted entry back into the restricted departures zone. You must follow the signs guiding you through the transfer zone, exclusive for passengers in transit. Since you typically do not need to collect your baggage until you reach your final destination, simply head to the reception and be ready to show your boarding pass and ID to the staff. As a transit passenger, you won’t be required to hold a visa to spend the night at the airport.
Where is the transit hotel inside O.R. Tambo airport in South Africa?
This hotel inside Johannesburg airport is located in the International Terminal (A), close to bars, cafés, restaurants and many of the Duty Free shops. To arrive, all you need to do is follow the signage system guiding you to the transfers lounge in terminal A and you will find the hotel. The reception is open 24 hours a day and digital check-in and check-out are available.
Covid prevention measures in place at the airport hotel in terminal A of O.R. Tambo
In cooperation with the local health authorities, the Protea transit hotel in Johannesburg airport has implemented increased hygiene and safety measures among which we count exhaustive disinfection of the communal zones, the implementation of social distancing protocols, the use of personal protection equipments and a strong encouragement to rely on digital procedures.
*Before you travel, make sure you are well informed of the regulations in effect and abide by them throughout you stay in your own interest and for the sake of collective wellbeing.
Guest services and amenities at the Protea Hotel in Johannesburg International airport
Travellers in transit who stay at this hotel inside O.R. Tambo will find soundproofed rooms that may feature twin, double or king beds and invariably offer air conditioning, private bathroom, a desk, coffee and tea maker, satellite TV, safety deposit boxes and free high-speed WiFi. Room service is available upon request. Note that these rooms can be booked for day use also, and reservations for 6 hours only or for 12 hours only are equally accepted.