O.R. Tambo International Airport
Get your journey off to a relaxing start with our fast, friendly check in services at Johannesburg airport’s Terminal A.
When to arrive for your flight
We recommend you get to the airport with plenty of time to spare – it’s a good way to avoid last-minute stress! As a rule of thumb:
- Virgin Atlantic flights: arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight is due to leave.
- Partner airline flights: we recommend you check in three hours before your scheduled departure.
Check in options
You can check in for your flight and pick up your boarding pass using any one of the following options.
Online check in
The best way to check in is online. You can pick your seat and print your boarding card. Just go to Manage your flights. If you're travelling with carry on baggage only, you can print off your own boarding pass and we’ll see you at the gate.
Counter check in
You’ll find our six check in counters in the airport’s Departure Terminal. Our friendly staff will send you on your way just as quickly as they can. Check in opens four hours before departure time.
Not sure how much to bring for your flight, or want details on restrictions? Check our Baggage information pages for full details.
Did you know?
If you're making a connecting flight, you can find us at desk 33 in the International Transfer area.
Additional information to help you along the way
If you have any worries about health and mobility, you will find the information for your journey in the special assistance pages.
Family with children
Need a helping hand? We are here to help you along your way with your journey.
Visa and health requirements
Need help with getting into the country? The Visa and Health Requirements information will help you along with your journey.