The majority of visitors to Botswana will fly via South Africa and may need to make use of Covid testing facilities along the way. Since November 2020 Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport has offered travellers COVID-19 PCR testing from just outside the terminal building and more recently Junxion Pharmacies now also offer express PCR testing in the terminal building.
Botswana, along with most destinations, requires all visitors to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate in order to enter the country. These tests must be performed within 72 hours of arrival in the country. Note some countries such as Zimbabwe require tests to be carried out 48 hours prior to arrival. Many travellers are able to complete their travel to Botswana within this time with no trouble. However this can prove more challenging for those with particularly long journeys and layovers, especially when taking into account that most travellers will have to take their test 24 hours before their departure flight. The testing facilities at Johannesburg Airport therefore provides a much needed resource for many travellers.
There are two options for COVID testing at Johannesburg Airport:
Junxion Pharmacies offer PCR and rapid testing Monday-Sunday with a 2 hour turn around for the express service. Results are emailed to you. Junxion Pharmacies are based at shop 18, in the Domestic Departure hall. You need to email them for ensure you have a booking on [email protected] or call them on 0027 11 390 1081. The cost of the test is ZAR 2,200.
For those not familiar with Joburg Airport we recommend asking the assistance of one of the many porters in the terminal who will escort you (these porters work on tips, please have cash ready)
Opening hours as follows, but please note testing is only offered from 9am to 5pm.
Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Johannesburg Airport has three National Health Laboratory Service mobile testing units situated just outside the terminal buildings. These units are clearly identifiable vans, located opposite the InterContinental Hotel, in front of the Police Station, on the lower level of the airport complex.
If you need to make use of the above Covid test facilities at Johannesburg Airport we strongly recommend staying a night in Joburg to allow sufficient time to process the tests and receive your certificate. There are a number of airport hotels ranging from large international chains such as the Intercontinental and City Lodge to smaller more boutique hotels. Please contact us for more information.
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