Visit Unisa from outside South Africa

Travelling to Unisa from outside South Africa

VISAVisa requirements

International travellers may be required to apply in person at the relevant offices in their home countries to obtain a visa / permit before travelling to the Republic of South Africa. There are various different types of visas / permits that one can apply for when planning to visit the country.

Click here for more information. Visa and detailed information on immigration requirements are also available on the websites for the Department of Home Affairs and VFS Global.

Please click here for more information on visa exempt countries.

Foreign embassies

Pretoria is home to 133 embassies and high commissions from around the world. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) provides an alphabetical list of all embassies in South Africa


South Africa has major international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as a host of smaller regional airports.



OR Tambo International Airport

Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport is "Africa's biggest and busiest airport, facilitating over 21 million passengers a year". It also serves as the hub of South Africa’s flagship airline, South African Airways (SAA).

For more information on OR Tambo International Airport, click here.
For more information on South African Airways, click here.

Distances to Unisa campuses

  • To the Muckleneuk Campus: 49 km
  • To the Sunnyside Campus: 48.4 km
  • To the Science (Florida) Campus: 60.9 km

Lanseria International Airport

Lanseria Airport currently operates flights within South Africa and is home to various private charter companies.

For more information on Lanseria International Airport, click here.

Distance to Unisa campuses

  • To the Muckleneuk Campus: 48.8 km
  • To the Sunnyside Campus: 48.5 km
  • To the Science (Florida) Campus: 32.9 km

Transport options from OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports

If you have not arranged a private hotel shuttle or pick-up prior to arrival, the following transport options are available to you upon arrival in South Africa.

  1. Gautrain
    1. The Gautrain is an 80 kilometre high-speed commuter rail system in Gauteng with direct access via a station at OR Tambo Airport. Passengers boarding from OR Tambo Airport to Pretoria (Unisa Muckleneuk and Sunnyside campuses) must change trains at Marlboro Station to connect to Pretoria following the N-S route.
    2. Upon arrival in Pretoria, passengers can board a Gautrain bus to move around the city. Passengers travelling to Johannesburg can disembark from the Gautrain at various stations including Sandton, Rosebank and Park.
    3. For more information on the Gautrain, including routes and fare, visit the official Gautrain website.
  2. Metered taxis, Uber and Taxify
    1. Various metered taxis are available at both OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports.
    2. Uber and Taxify are also available in both Johannesburg and Pretoria. For more on Uber in South Africa, click here, and for more on Taxify in South Africa, click here.
  3. Shuttle services
    1. Selecta Shuttle 
    2. EZ Shuttle  
    3. Shuttle Direct
    4. Exclusive Travellers
    5. Corporate Cabs 
  4. Car hire
    1. International travellers can also rent a vehicle from various car rental companies in South Africa. Most recognised rental companies have facilities at both OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports.
    2. These include, among others, Europcar Rental, Avis, Bluu and Thrifty
    3. Travellers are reminded that most car rental companies will require you to present a valid passport and driver’s licence to rent a car.

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Last modified: Wed Apr 12 14:41:06 SAST 2023