Smoking at O. R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) (JNB)

Airport Rating


Before Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

After Security Smoking

International (Terminal A)

Update from Rene M., January 2023: There are private smoking lounges in the upper floor: Lounge 27 is the one I visited. Follow the signs to D Lounge and some others, go up the escalators and you'll see it. Consumption required, a coffee is 42 Rand (about 2.50$).

Update from Aeronaut, March 2020: There is a smoking room inside the pizza shop, I think you need to buy something in the overpriced place to access.

Update from Anildo P. on the 30th March 2019: There is a smoking area inside the restaurant Diner "Piece A Pizza", in front of the small Big 5 duty free, direction to the gates A5-A30

There is a smoking lounge on the first floor,  it is run by British American Tobacco.

In reply to the next comment from Randolf J. Sept 2018: It is sketchy, if someone is pressing you for a tip, but I can definitely tell you, that tips in other currencies are NOT illegal.

There is a smoking area in Terminal A airside, but it closes at 8pm (entrances are refused by 7:30pm). A word of caution: after closure, airport employees will offer you to smoke in a corridor right beside the smoking area. They’ll then press you for a tip “in any currency” as you’re leaving. Tips in other currencies can be illegal in South Africa, so be warned this is a very sketchy deal. Feedback from Sean B. on the 11th March 2018.

Domestic (Terminal B)

Update from Ruan S.: Domestic terminal: Smoking area inside Airport Craft Brewers Restaurant. Across from gate D4. Purchase required.

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