Air Travel for emigrants from South Africa is even more stressful than travelling under normal circumstances. It is very important to plan ahead to get the best deal and the most convenient itinerary. Advice on air travel for emigrants from South Africa will hopefully be helpful to you. Here are some of the decisions that you need to make and some help in making them. Due to COVID-19 many of the options mentioned are not currently available. Please look at the details we have on repatriation flights.
Air travel, a direct flight or connection flights? Direct flights are usually more expensive than connecting flights. Sometimes the extra cost is worth thinking about as they are much less stressful.
There are many connecting flight options from South Africa to the UK and Europe. The airlines via the Middle East and Turkey often have the best prices. These airlines also give generous baggage allowances.
One way tickets.
One-way tickets are usually cheaper than return tickets. One-way tickets are not usually half of the return ticket. Tickets for travel from the UK and Europe to South Africa are almost always more expensive. This is why return tickets from South Africa to the UK and Europe are often still worth buying.
It is important to consider whether you will be returning to South Africa within the year. Even if this is only a possibility this should be borne in mind . The maximum a ticket is valid is one year from the date of departure. It is sometimes advisable to buy a ticket with a return date which allows an option to change the date. A completely unrestricted return ticket is very expensive and is not recommended. If you do not have the right to live in the country that you're going to. you will often have to be in possession of a return ticket.
Often but not always, it is cheaper to deal directly with an airline. This is particularly so if you have a lot of time to research the best route to get the cheapest fares. An agent will often provide this information for you quickly and for a small or sometimes no fee. Agents often have special arrangements with certain airlines. These enable them to offer prices which are the same or close to those of booking the airline. When things go wrong, which as they do sometimes it worth having someone to help you. Someone between you and the airline is often worth the extra expense.
Emirates flies daily from Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban to Dubai and onward to many destinations in the world.
British Airways have flights Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to London and onward to the world.
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Doha and onward to many destinations.
Turkish Airlines fly daily from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Istanbul and onward to many destinations in the world.
Ethiopian Airlines fly 3 times a day from Johannesburg and daily from Cape Town to Addis Ababa with onward flights to Europe & the USA.
KLM flies daily from Johannesburg & Cape Town to Amsterdam where they connect worldwide.
The amount of baggage that you can take is very important when emigrating. These are the details of baggage allowances on the main carriers from South Africa to Europe. These do depend upon the fare that you have purchased. There are links to the airline's websites for more details
If you are travelling on a connecting flight on a through-fare. The same baggage allowance should apply for both flights. If your bags miss the onward flight the airline handles delivering them to you. However, if you have purchased separate tickets they are not responsible. If you buy separate tickets, you will almost certainly have to check your baggage to the transit point. Then re-check it in again from the transit point. Besides the inconvenience, you will need to see if you need a visa for this transit city.
Travelling with children is particularly difficult when you are immigrating. This is another reason to choose your airline and route with care. It is also important to make sure you get the best possible seating and it is often worth paying extra for this. Children's special meals are available on many airlines. Some airlines are better than others at handling children.