GICS IV: Getting there

Flights

Delegates will purchase their own plane tickets to Johannesburg. 

Glenda Weglo at Rabtim Humanitarian Travel (now Key Travel) can book travel for you, using industry discounts on many airlines.  Please email her before purchasing your tickets to see if she can obtain a more competitive airfare for you.

Transport from airport

For most of the day on 16 January, we hope to have representatives from GICS greeting you upon your arrival to Johannesburg at O. R. Tambo International Airport.  Once you purchase your plane ticket, please send the details of your arrival and departure times to GICSurgery@gmail.com.

The current plan is for delegates to take public transportation (the Gautrain) to the Capital on the Park Hotel in Sandton.

NEW:  Step-by-step instructions, including photographs, to guide you from the airport to the hotel

Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions (including photographs) on how to get from O. R. Tambo to the hotel.  In short:  When you exit from Passport Control and Baggage Claim, do not leave the airport.  Escalators to the Gautrain Station are straight ahead and to the right as you exit Baggage Claim. The cost from O. R. Tambo to Sandton Station is 182 Rand (about USD 12).  If you have difficulty, email us, and we will help guide you.

If you prefer to take a taxi or Uber, the address of the hotel is:  The Capital on the Park, 101 Katherine St, Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa, 2031, telephone +27 (0)11 290 9700.  Inside the Arrival Hall, a Taxi Booth can book a safe, legitimate taxi to the hotel for 500 Rand.

Click here for detailed instructions, including photographs, on how to get from the Sandton Station to the hotel.  When you arrive at the Sandton Station, exit the Station, and go to the Street Level.  Take an immediate right turn, and take the escalators up to Level PT.  Enter the bus depot to the right, and look for the Shuttle bus.  Confirm that the bus is going to the Capital on the Park Hotel.  The shuttle bus look like this:

Click here to download the Shuttle Bus schedule.

Alternatively, you can walk from the Sandton Station to the Capital on the Park Hotel (700 meters, 8 minute walk).  Click here to download a map.

There is Uber in Johannesburg as well, if you prefer.

The address of the hotel is:  Capital on the Park, 101 Katherine St, Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa, 2031

Yellow Fever Card

Everyone who enters South Africa will be expected to hold an “International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis” (yellow card).  When you land at OR Tambo Airport, you might be denied entry to the country if you do not hold the card.  It is extremely important that you obtain this card before travel to South Africa!  If you have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever at any time in the past, there is no need for re-vaccination.  It is good for the lifetime of the patient (see WHO amendment stating Yellow Fever vaccination good for the life of the patient).

Visas

Citizens of many countries require visas to enter the Republic of South Africa. 

Click here for a list of countries that do not require visas.

If you require a letter in order to obtain a visa, please email us at GICSurgery@gmail.com.