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Lesotho travel restrictions

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Open for travel from Lesotho
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.

Visas issued by embassy of Lesotho in Beijing are not valid.

Flight Restrictions

Passengers will be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to screening.

Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 6 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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  • Lesotho Latest news:

    International Restrictions:
    *International Travel: Lesotho reverted to “Blue Level” restrictions on 22 March. Movement across the Lesotho border remains prohibited except for: • essential goods and services; •business people and truck drivers; •migrant workers/pensioners; • medical emergencies (with permits); •funerals for parents, children, siblings and grandparents; • students; • daily commuting students and teachers; • diplomats. The South African Government announced that its land border between South Africa and Lesotho is open. However Lesotho has not yet eased restrictions on its border. Crossing the land border between South Africa and Lesotho is therefore still restricted to the categories listed above. Limited passenger air services between Johannesburg and Moshoeshoe International Airport have restarted. The categories of persons allowed entry and the COVID-19 PCR test requirements are the same as for the land borders.
    *Entry to Lesotho: Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories. Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show: • the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document); • a serial number which is not duplicated; • clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours;
    • the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller; • the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health
    The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies and limited other categories of traveller, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. Limited passenger air services between Johannesburg and Moshoeshoe International Airport have restarted. The categories of persons allowed entry and the COVID-19 PCR test requirements are the same as for the land borders. If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.
    Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho Embassy.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Lesotho is under “Blue Level” restrictions. A curfew is in place from 10pm to 4am. Public transport can now operate at full seated capacity. Masks must be worn at all times. Eating in the vehicle is prohibited. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are permitted to open at full occupancy. Conferences and workshops are permitted at 50% of the conference facility. Not all hotels have yet re-opened.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho returned to “Blue Level” restrictions on 22 March 2021, resulting in further relaxation of restrictions on day to day activities and the opening of a greater variety of business and retail outlets. An overnight curfew remains in place from 10pm to 4am. Supermarkets, grocery shops, hardware stores, cafes and clothing stores are permitted to operate normally but must observe COVID-19 Protocols on sanitisation and social distancing. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service between 8am and 8pm. Off licenses can operate Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm with take-out service only. All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. Schools and colleges are permitted to open on a rotational basis to reduce numbers on site and in school transport. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation. Hotels and hotel restaurants may open at 100% capacity. Conferences and workshops can be held but numbers are restricted to 50% of the conference venue capacity. Restaurants and fast food outlets may operate with 50% seated capacity between 6am and 9pm. Covid-19 protocols must be observed (including sanitisation and social distancing). Alcohol is only permitted to be sold as take-out. Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 50% capacity of the church. The service should not last more than two hours and one hour must be allowed for disinfection between services. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted with a maximum of 50 guests and a maximum length of 2 hours, and pre-packed food only. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 family members and 10 attendants for a maximum of 2 hours. Only immediate family members may view the deceased at the mortuary. Night vigils and buffets are not permitted. Gyms may operate outside with not more than 100 people and must observe social distancing. Contact and non-contact sports are permitted with no spectators. Contact sports are only allowed with police permits and players and technical teams must be tested for COVID-19 prior to training camps. Public parks and recreational areas are permitted to reopen. The entertainment industry is permitted to operate with a maximum of 120 people inside and 500 people outside. Screening and registration at the entrance is mandatory. Staff must ensure that attendees observe COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks, sanitising hands and practicing social distancing. Event organisers may be arrested for non-compliance. Nightclubs remain closed. Social and family gatherings are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed.

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    14.04.2021
  • Lesotho Latest news:

    International Restrictions:
    *The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and Lesotho until 15 February 2021.
    *International Travel: Lesotho reverted to “Purple Level” restrictions on 1 March. Movement across the Lesotho border remains prohibited except for:
    • essential goods and services
    • migrant workers
    • medical emergencies (with permits)
    • funerals for parents, children, siblings and grandparents
    • students
    • daily commuting students and teachers
    • diplomats
    The South African Government announced that its land border between South Africa and Lesotho is open. However Lesotho has not yet eased restrictions on its border. Crossing the land border between South Africa and Lesotho is therefore still restricted to the categories listed above. You can also enter South Africa via land borders if you are returning to the UK. See our Travel Advice for South Africa for further information.
    From 4am on Saturday 9 January, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales . See Coronavirus .
    From 1 January onwards those with residence rights includes: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
    Other countries may restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. You should check the travel advice for the countries on your route for the latest information.
    *Entry to Lesotho: Moshoeshoe International Airport remains closed except for transport of essential goods and essential services personnel. Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories.
    Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show:
    • the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document)
    • a serial number which is not duplicated
    • clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours
    • the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller
    • the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health
    The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies and limited other categories of traveller, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. See travel advice for South Africa for further information.
    If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
    Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. See travel advice for South Africa for further information. Screening on arrival and departure. Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information.
    Lesotho is under “Blue Level” restrictions. A curfew is in place from 10pm to 4am. Public transport can now operate at full seated capacity. Masks must be worn at all times. Eating in the vehicle is prohibited. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are permitted to open at full occupancy. Conferences and workshops are permitted at 50% of the conference facility. Not all hotels have yet re-opened.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho returned to “Blue Level” restrictions on 22 March 2021, resulting in further relaxation of restrictions on day to day activities and the opening of a greater variety of business and retail outlets.
    An overnight curfew remains in place from 10pm to 4am. Supermarkets, grocery shops, hardware stores, cafes and clothing stores are permitted to operate normally but must observe COVID-19 Protocols on sanitisation and social distancing. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service between 8am and 8pm. Off licenses can operate Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm with take-out service only.
    All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. Schools and colleges are permitted to open on a rotational basis to reduce numbers on site and in school transport.
    Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation.
    Hotels and hotel restaurants may open at 100% capacity. Conferences and workshops can be held but numbers are restricted to 50% of the conference venue capacity.
    Restaurants and fast food outlets may operate with 50% seated capacity between 6am and 9pm. Covid-19 protocols must be observed (including sanitisation and social distancing). Alcohol is only permitted to be sold as take-out. Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 50% capacity of the church. The service should not last more than two hours and one hour must be allowed for disinfection between services. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted with a maximum of 50 guests and a maximum length of 2 hours, and pre-packed food only. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 family members and 10 attendants for a maximum of 2 hours. Only immediate family members may view the deceased at the mortuary. Night vigils and buffets are not permitted.
    Gyms may operate outside with not more than 100 people and must observe social distancing. Contact and non-contact sports are permitted with no spectators. Contact sports are only allowed with police permits and players and technical teams must be tested for COVID-19 prior to training camps. Public parks and recreational areas are permitted to reopen.
    The entertainment industry is permitted to operate with a maximum of 120 people inside and 500 people outside. Screening and registration at the entrance is mandatory. Staff must ensure that attendees observe COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks, sanitising hands and practicing social distancing. Event organisers may be arrested for non-compliance. Nightclubs remain closed. Social and family gatherings are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed.

    Read more
    23.03.2021
  • Lesotho Latest news: Nationwide lockdown extended for seven days (MENAFN, 03.02.2021). From 4am on Saturday 9 December, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. (Gov.uk, 07.01.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and Lesotho until 15 February 2021.
    *International Travel: Lesotho reverted to “Purple Level” restrictions on 1 March. Movement across the Lesotho border remains prohibited except for:
    • essential goods and services
    • migrant workers
    • medical emergencies (with permits)
    • funerals for parents, children, siblings and grandparents
    • students
    • daily commuting students and teachers
    • diplomats
    The South African Government announced that its land border between South Africa and Lesotho is open. However Lesotho has not yet eased restrictions on its border. Crossing the land border between South Africa and Lesotho is therefore still restricted to the categories listed above. You can also enter South Africa via land borders if you are returning to the UK. See our Travel Advice for South Africa for further information.
    From 4am on Saturday 9 January, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. Check the
    latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales . See Coronavirus .
    From 1 January onwards those with residence rights includes: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
    Other countries may restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. You should
    check the travel advice for the countries on your route for the latest information.

    *Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Lesotho is under “Purple Level” restrictions. Everyone must remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. There are restrictions on the number of people permitted in public transport. Masks must be worn at all times. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are permitted to open for one person per room (there is an exception for spouses). Conferences and workshops are permitted at 50% of the conference facility. Not all hotels have yet re-opened.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho returned to “Purple Level” restrictions on 1 March 2021, resulting in some relaxation of restrictions on day to day activities and the opening of a greater variety of business and retail outlets.
    Everyone is required to remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing goods and services. An overnight curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. Supermarkets, grocery shops, hardware stores, cafes and clothing stores are permitted to open from 8am – 6pm. There are limits on customer numbers and regulations on sanitisation must be followed. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service. No fitting services in clothes stores.
    Liquor stores can operate Monday to Thursday between 8am and 6pm with take-out service only. All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. Schools and colleges are permitted to open on a rotational basis to reduce numbers on site and in school transport. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation.
    Hotels and hotel restaurants may open. Hotels must restrict occupancy to one person per room unless they are spouses. No buffet service is allowed in restaurants. A la carte service only is permitted. Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets can also operate a takeaway service. Conferences and workshops can be held but numbers are restricted to 50% of the conference venue capacity. Other restaurants and fast food outlets may provide take away food only between 8am and 7pm.
    Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 25% capacity of the church. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted with a maximum of 50 guests and a maximum length of 2 hours, and pre-packed food only. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 family members and 10 attendants for a maximum of 2 hours. Only immediate family members may view the deceased at the mortuary. Night vigils and buffets are not permitted.
    Social and family gatherings are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed. Gyms may operate outside with not more than 50 people and must observe social distancing. Parks and sporting facilities are closed.

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  • Lesotho Latest news: Nationwide lockdown extended for seven days (MENAFN, 03.02.2021). Government closes airspace for all but essential flights for two weeks (ch-aviation, 14.01.2021). From 4am on Saturday 9 December, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. (Gov.uk, 07.01.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and Lesotho until 15 February 2021.
    *Entry to Lesotho: Lesotho returned to “Orange level” restrictions from 3 February 2021. Moshoeshoe International Airport remains closed except for transport of essential goods and essential services personnel.
    Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories.
    Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show:
    • the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document)
    • a serial number which is not duplicated
    • clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours
    • the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller
    • the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health
    The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies and limited other categories of traveller, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. See our
    travel advice for South Africa for further information.
    If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
    Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. See our travel advice for South Africa for further information.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho High Commission.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Lesotho is under “Orange Level” restrictions. From midnight on 3 February, everyone must remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. There are restrictions on the number of people permitted in public transport. Masks must be worn at all times. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are permitted to open for one person per room (there is an exception for spouses). Conferences and workshops are not permitted. Not all hotels have yet re-opened.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho returned to “Orange Level” restrictions on 3 February 2021. Only essential businesses and services may operate. The list of essential businesses has been expanded to include street vendors and a wider range of retail outlets. Everyone is required to remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. An overnight curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am All schools and colleges in Lesotho are closed except classes sitting for external exams.
    All retail stores, hardware shops and supermarkets are permitted to operate between 8am-4pm. There are limits on customer numbers and regulations on sanitisation must be followed. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service. No fitting services in clothes stores.
    Liquor stores can operate Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm. All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift.
    Hotels and restaurants may open. Hotels must restrict occupancy to one person per room unless they are spouses. No buffet or communal eating or private service bar is permitted. No conferences or workshops can be held. Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets can operate a takeaway service.
    Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 25% capacity of the church. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted outdoors without guests. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 family members and 10 attendants for a maximum of 2 hours. Viewing the deceased, night vigils and buffets are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed. Gyms, parks and sporting facilities are closed.

    Read more
    23.02.2021
  • Lesotho Latest news: Nationwide lockdown extended for seven days (MENAFN, 03.02.2021). Government closes airspace for all but essential flights for two weeks (ch-aviation, 14.01.2021). From 4am on Saturday 9 December, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. (Gov.uk, 07.01.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and Lesotho until 15 February 2021.
    *Entry to Lesotho: Lesotho returned to “Orange level” restrictions from 3 February 2021. Moshoeshoe International Airport is closed under the Red Level Restrictions, except for transport of essential goods and essential services personnel. Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories.Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show:
    • the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document)
    • a serial number which is not duplicated
    • clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours
    • the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller
    • the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health
    The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. See our travel advice for South Africa for further information.
    If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.
    -Transiting via South Africa:
    All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and neighbouring countries until 15 February 2021. You can still enter South Africa via land borders if you are returning to the UK. Flights between South Africa and neighbouring countries are permitted by South Africa, but Moshoeshoe airport is currently closed. There are additional restrictions in place for travel to and from South Africa to the UK. See our travel advice for South Africafor further information.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense. Data collection Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho High Commission.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Lesotho is under “Orange Level” restrictions. From midnight on 3 February, everyone must remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am.There are restrictions on the number of people permitted in public transport. Masks must be worn at all times. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open but only allowing one person per room (there is an exception for spouses). Conferences and workshops are not permitted.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho returned to “Orange Level” restrictions on 3 February 2021. Only essential businesses and services may operate. The list of essential businesses has been expanded to include street vendors and a wider range of retail outlets. Everyone is required to remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. An overnight curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am All schools and colleges in Lesotho are closed except classes sitting for external exams.
    All retail stores, hardware shops and supermarkets are permitted to operate between 8am-4pm. There are limits on customer numbers and regulations on sanitisation must be followed. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service. No fitting services in clothes stores. Liquor stores can operate Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm. All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Hotels and restaurants may open. Hotels must restrict occupancy to one person per room unless they are spouses. No buffet or communal eating or private service bar is permitted. No conferences or workshops can be held. Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets can operate a takeaway service. Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 25% capacity of the church. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted outdoors without guests. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 family members and 10 attendants for a maximum of 2 hours. Viewing the deceased, night vigils and buffets are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed. Gyms, parks and sporting facilities are closed.

    Read more
    04.02.2021
  • Lesotho Latest news: Government closes airspace for all but essential flights for two weeks (ch-aviation, 14.01.2021). From 4am on Saturday 9 December, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. (Gov.uk, 07.01.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and Lesotho until 15 February 2021.
    *Entry to Lesotho: Lesotho entered “Red level” restrictions from 13 January 2021. Moshoeshoe International Airport is closed under the Red Level Restrictions, except for transport of essential goods and essential services personnel. Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories. Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show:
    • the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document);
    • a serial number which is not duplicated;
    • clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours;
    • the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller;
    • the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health.
    The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. The South African Government has closed the land borders between South Africa and neighbouring countries until 15 February 2021. You can still enter South Africa via land borders if you are returning to the UK. Flights between South Africa and neighbouring countries are permitted by South Africa, but Moshoeshoe airport is currently closed. There are additional restrictions in place for travel to and from South Africa to the UK.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures. Under the Red Level Restrictions the requirement for travellers to self isolate for 14 days on arrival in Lesotho has been reinstated.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho High Commission.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information.
    Lesotho is under “Red Level” restrictions. From midnight on 13 January, everyone must remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. A curfew is in place from 7pm to 6am. There are restrictions on the number of people permitted in public transport. Masks must be worn and windows must remain open at all times. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are closed though a limited number may be able to provide services for essential workers.
    *Public places and services: Lesotho entered “Red Level” restrictions from 13 January 2021. Only essential businesses and services may operate. Everyone is required to remain at their place of residence except when accessing or providing essential goods and services. An overnight curfew is in place from 7pm – 6am. The following essential services are permitted to operate under “Red Level” restrictions:
    • supermarkets and grocery stores (8am – 4pm);
    • filling stations (24 hours);
    • health service providers;
    • financial services;
    • agricultural activity;
    • communication service providers;
    • electricity, water and sewage providers;
    • funeral parlours;
    • certain government departments providing essential services.
    All schools and colleges in Lesotho are closed. Hotels, cafes and restaurants are closed. (A limited number of hotels may be able to provide services for essential workers.) Church services are not permitted. Outdoor burial services of 10 family members maximum and 10 burial assistants are permitted. Services must be completed by 10am. Buffets and night vigils are not permitted. Political rallies and other gatherings are banned. Drinking in public is not allowed. Gyms, parks and sporting facilities are closed.

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    14.01.2021
  • Lesotho Latest news: From 4am on Saturday 9 December, visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate on their return. (Gov.uk, 07.01.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lesotho: Lesotho entered “Orange level” restrictions from 6 January 2021. Under previous “Orange level” entry and exit to Lesotho was restricted to emergency cases and transport of essential goods and services. New regulations have not yet been published by the government. Travellers with negative COVID-19 certificates are currently still being allowed to enter and exit Lesotho, but this could change at any point and with little advance warning. This advice will be updated once the Lesotho government regulations have been published or if the situation at the border posts changes.
    SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have resumed but with a reduced timetable. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required. Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. In response to the new variant of COVID-19, there are restrictions in place for travel from South Africa to the UK.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection:
    Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19.
    If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho Embassy.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Restrictions on travel within Lesotho have been lifted. Local tourism facilities are open (subject to COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and cleaning regulations). Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation – Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Some have not yet reopened following the lifting of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions. You should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider for details.
    *Public places and services – Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Not all have fully opened yet. Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Business conferences are limited to a maximum of 30 people and should not be longer than 2 hours in length.
    Cafes and restaurants are only allowed to open between 8am and 7pm. Alcohol is not allowed to be served. Premises are required to avoid overcrowding and ensure frequent cleaning. Nightclubs are permitted to open between 6pm and midnight at 50% capacity. Masks, social distancing and regular cleaning are required.
    Supermarkets and grocery stores are allowed to open between 7am and 7pm. Liquor stores are only permitted to open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. There are restrictions on quantities that can be purchased.
    Churches are permitted to resume services of not more than 2 hours length. Numbers are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Masks must be worn at all times. Funeral services must be outdoors with no more than 100 people and no longer than 2 hours. Services must be completed by 10am. Buffets and night vigils are not permitted. Weddings of up to two hours are allowed. 50 people may attend if indoors, 100 people if outdoors. Alcohol is not allowed. Meals must be pre-packed, not buffet service.
    Social and family gatherings are only permitted outside and with a maximum of 100 people. Alcohol is not allowed. COVID-19 protocols and social distancing must be observed.
    Outdoor sports are permitted but without spectators. No alcohol is allowed. Gyms are allowed to operate but equipment must be disinfected between uses. COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and masks must be observed at indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.

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    07.01.2021
  • Lesotho International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lesotho: Restrictions on international travel have been lifted. All categories of traveller, including tourists, are permitted.
    SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have resumed but with a very reduced timetable. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) are open. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-related curfew in South Africa.
    If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required. Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Restrictions on travel within Lesotho have been lifted. Local tourism facilities are open (subject to COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and cleaning regulations). Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation – Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Some have not yet reopened following the lifting of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions. You should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider for details.
    *Public places and services – Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Not all have fully opened yet. Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Business conferences are limited to a maximum of 30 people and should not be longer than 2 hours in length.
    Cafes and restaurants are only allowed to open between 8am and 7pm. Alcohol is not allowed to be served. Premises are required to avoid overcrowding and ensure frequent cleaning. Nightclubs are permitted to open between 6pm and midnight at 50% capacity. Masks, social distancing and regular cleaning are required.
    Supermarkets and grocery stores are allowed to open between 7am and 7pm. Liquor stores are only permitted to open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. There are restrictions on quantities that can be purchased.
    Churches are permitted to resume services of not more than 2 hours length. Numbers are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Masks must be worn at all times. Funeral services must be outdoors with no more than 100 people and no longer than 2 hours. Services must be completed by 10am. Buffets and night vigils are not permitted. Weddings of up to two hours are allowed. 50 people may attend if indoors, 100 people if outdoors. Alcohol is not allowed. Meals must be pre-packed, not buffet service.
    Social and family gatherings are only permitted outside and with a maximum of 100 people. Alcohol is not allowed. COVID-19 protocols and social distancing must be observed.
    Outdoor sports are permitted but without spectators. No alcohol is allowed. Gyms are allowed to operate but equipment must be disinfected between uses. COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and masks must be observed at indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.

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    04.01.2021
  • Lesotho International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lesotho: Restrictions on international travel have been lifted. Under ‘Blue Stage’ regulations all categories of traveller, including tourists, are permitted. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have resumed but with a very reduced timetable. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) are open. If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required. Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lesotho: COVID-19 regulations in Lesotho are managed by Lesotho’s National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC). Travellers should be aware that the information on the NACOSEC website is not always up to date. The NACOSEC Twitter feed and Facebook page generally have more current information. Restrictions on travel within Lesotho have been lifted. Local tourism facilities are open (subject to COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and cleaning regulations). Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    *Accommodation – Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Some have not yet reopened following the lifting of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions. You should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider for details.
    *Public places and services – Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Not all have fully opened yet.
    Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed.
    Restrictions on cafes and restaurants have been lifted, but premises are required to avoid overcrowding and ensure frequent cleaning. Nightclubs are permitted to open between 6pm and midnight at 50% capacity. Masks, social distancing and regular cleaning are required. Churches are permitted to resume services of not more than 2 hours length. Numbers are limited to 50% capacity indoors and 500 people outdoors. Masks must be worn at all times. Funeral services must be outdoors and completed by 10am. Buffets and night vigils are not permitted.
    Outdoor sports are permitted with 50% spectator capacity. Gyms are allowed to operate but equipment must be disinfected between uses. COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and masks must be observed at indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.

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    24.12.2020
  • Lesotho International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lesotho: Restrictions on international travel have been lifted. Under ‘Blue Stage’ regulations all categories of traveller, including tourists, are permitted. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have resumed but with a very reduced timetable. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) are open. If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required. Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    *Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.
    *Screening on arrival and departure: Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering or leaving Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Travellers entering Lesotho may be required to provide details of where they will be staying to aid the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Restrictions on travel within Lesotho have been lifted. Local tourism facilities are open (subject to certain regulations on opening hours).
    Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    Accommodation – Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions.
    Public places and services – Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Most remain closed except for the years taking exams. Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask.
    Purchase of alcohol is restricted. Cafes and restaurants are open for a sit-in service from 8am to 9pm only. Nightclubs are permitted to open with approval in advance from the Ministry of Tourism and under strict guidelines including prohibition on the sale of alcohol.
    Churches are permitted to resume services. Numbers are limited to 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors.
    Public gatherings also permitted for not more than 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. No food and alcohol are allowed to be served at public gatherings.

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    07.12.2020
  • Lesotho International Restrictions:
    SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have resumed but with a very reduced timetable. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) are open for specific categories of traveller. Entry and exit is permitted for essential services and trade. The Lesotho Government has announced that five additional categories of people will be permitted entry and exit from 1 October: business people, students, people with permits to live and work outside Lesotho, the critically ill and people with special needs.
    Movement of other persons in or out of Lesotho is still prohibited.
    If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.
    Special regulations apply for truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily.
    Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    Transiting via South Africa – All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. Follow our travel advice for South Africa and consult your nearest South African High Commission.
    Screening on arrival – Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals entering Lesotho must provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures.
    Data collection – Anyone permitted to enter Lesotho will be required to provide details of where they will be staying during the compulsory quarantine. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lesotho High Commission.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Restrictions on travel within Lesotho have been lifted. Local tourism facilities are open (subject to certain regulations on opening hours).
    Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    Accommodation – Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions.
    Public places and services – Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Most remain closed except for the years taking exams. Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask.
    Purchase of alcohol is restricted. Cafes and restaurants are open for a sit-in service from 8am to 9pm only. Nightclubs are permitted to open with approval in advance from the Ministry of Tourism and under strict guidelines including prohibition on the sale of alcohol.
    Churches are permitted to resume services. Numbers are limited to 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors.
    Public gatherings also permitted for not more than 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. No food and alcohol are allowed to be served at public gatherings.

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    03.11.2020
  • Lesotho International Restrictions:
    SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) are open for specific categories of traveller. Entry and exit is permitted for essential services and trade. The Lesotho Government has announced that five additional categories of people will be permitted entry and exit from 1 October: business people, students, people with permits to live and work outside Lesotho, the critically ill and people with special needs.
    Movement of other persons in or out of Lesotho is still prohibited. Individuals wishing to enter or exit Lesotho require a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival.
    Basotho students studying in South Africa are exempt, and special regulations apply for truck drivers. Basotho nationals and residents who exit Lesotho with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be permitted to re-enter within 7 days of the original test.
    Transiting via South Africa: All visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa. Follow our travel advice for South Africa and consult your nearest South African High Commission.
    All individuals who have been in coronavirus-affected areas within the past 14 days, are required to self-quarantine at their permanent or temporary place of residence for 14 days. This may be monitored by health officials. This self-isolation period may be required to take place in a government-nominated hotel at the visitor’s expense. Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self -isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Lesotho has partially lifted restrictions on movement. However all persons are still required to remain at home unless providing or acquiring goods or services, or attending funerals and religious services.
    Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.
    Travel by vehicle is permitted only when necessary to obtain goods and services. Restrictions to limit the number of passengers carried have now been lifted but face coverings should still be worn on public transport. Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions.
    Schools are permitted to open with appropriate measure in place. Most remain closed except for the years taking exams. Businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed.
    Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask. Purchase of alcohol is restricted. Cafes and restaurants are open for a sit-in service from 8am to 9pm only. Nightclubs are not yet allowed to open.
    Churches are permitted to resume services. Numbers are limited to 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. Public gatherings also permitted for not more than 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. No food and alcohol are allowed to be served at public gatherings.

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    06.10.2020
  • Lesotho *****International Restrictions:
    Lesotho’s borders are closed except for all but essential trade. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. Moshoeshoe International Airport and the border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but with reduced operating hours, for conveyance of essential goods and services only. Entry and exit to Lesotho is allowed with approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide or receive emergency medical services for a life threatening condition.
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that foreign visitors will be permitted to leave Lesotho to catch flights out of South Africa when flights resume. However, visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.
    Anyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. You should also comply with any additional screening measures by the authorities if asked. Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital.
    All individuals who have been in coronavirus-affected areas within the past 14 days, are required to self-quarantine at their permanent or temporary place of residence for 14 days. This may be monitored by health officials. This self-isolation period may be required to take place in a government-nominated hotel at the visitor’s expense. Anyone permitted to enter Lesotho will be required to provide details of where they will be staying during the compulsory quarantine.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Lesotho has partially lifted restrictions on movement. However all persons are still required to remain at home unless providing or acquiring goods or services, or attending funerals and religious services. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices. Travel by vehicle is permitted only when necessary to obtain goods and services. Restrictions to limit the number of passengers carried have now been lifted but face coverings should still be worn on public transport.Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions. Schools are closed except for the years taking exams. Most businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask. Purchase of alcohol is restricted. Cafes and restaurants may only provide take away meals, and only between 8am and 8pm. Parks and nightclubs are not yet allowed to open. Churches are permitted to resume services. Numbers are limited to 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. Public gatherings also permitted for not more than 50 people if indoors and 100 if outdoors. No food and alcohol are allowed to be served at public gatherings.

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    28.08.2020
  • Lesotho *****International Restrictions:
    Lesotho’s borders are closed except for all but essential trade. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. Moshoeshoe International Airport and the border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but with reduced operating hours, for conveyance of essential goods and services only. Entry and exit to Lesotho is allowed with approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide or receive emergency medical services for a life threatening condition.
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that foreign visitors will be permitted to leave Lesotho to catch flights out of South Africa when flights resume. However, visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Lesotho has partially lifted restrictions on movement. However all persons are still required to remain at home unless providing or acquiring goods or services, or attending funerals and religious services. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices. Travel by vehicle is permitted only when necessary to obtain goods and services. Restrictions are in place to limit the number of passengers carried. Private vehicles are allowed to carry two people per row of seats. Face coverings should be worn. Public transport is only permitted to operate between 6am and 9pm. Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions. Schools are closed. Most businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask. Purchase of alcohol is forbidden. Cafes and restaurants may only provide take away meals. Parks and nightclubs are not yet allowed to open. All gatherings are prohibited except for funerals and religious services of not more than 50 people. Weddings are restricted to 5 people.

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    23.07.2020
  • Lesotho *****International Restrictions:
    Lesotho’s borders are closed except for all but essential trade. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. Moshoeshoe International Airport and the border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but with reduced operating hours, for conveyance of essential goods and services only. Entry and exit to Lesotho is allowed with approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide or receive emergency medical services for a life threatening condition.
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that foreign visitors will be permitted to leave Lesotho to catch flights out of South Africa when flights resume. However, visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Lesotho has partially lifted restrictions on movement. However all persons are still required to remain at home unless providing or acquiring goods or services, or attending funerals and religious services. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a mask or face covering. This includes in public and private vehicles, walking in the street, and in shops and public offices. Travel by vehicle is permitted only when necessary to obtain goods and services. Restrictions are in place to limit the number of passengers carried. Private vehicles are allowed to carry two people per row of seats. Face coverings should be worn. Public transport is only permitted to operate between 6am and 9pm. Hotels and guest houses are permitted to operate with specific conditions. Many have not yet reopened following the lifting of some of Lesotho’s lockdown restrictions.
    Schools are re-opening for certain year groups. Most businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Anyone leaving their place of resident must wear a mask. Cafes and restaurants may only provide take away meals. Parks, nightclubs are not yet allowed to open. All gatherings are prohibited except for funerals and religious services of not more than 50 people.

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    17.07.2020
  • Lesotho *****International Restrictions:
    Lesotho’s borders are closed for all but essential trade. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. SAA Airlink flights between Maseru and Johannesburg Airport have been suspended. Moshoeshoe International Airport and the border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but with reduced operating hours, for conveyance of essential goods and services only. Entry and exit to Lesotho is allowed with approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide or receive emergency medical services for a life threatening condition.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Government of Lesotho has partially lifted restrictions on movement. However all persons are still required to remain at home unless providing or acquiring goods or services, or attending funerals and religious services. Schools are re-opening for certain year groups. Anyone leaving their place of resident must wear a mask. Most businesses and offices are allowed to operate provided health regulations and social distancing are observed. Purchase of alcohol is only permitted from Monday to Friday. Restrictions on opening hours and quantity purchased are in place. Cafes and restaurants may only provide take away meals. Parks, nightclubs are not yet allowed to open. All gatherings are prohibited except for funerals and religious services of not more than 50 people. Travel by vehicle is permitted only when necessary to obtain goods and services, restrictions are in place to limit the number of passengers carried. Private vehicles are allowed to carry two people per row of seats. Face coverings should be worn. Public transport is only permitted to operate between 6am and 9pm.

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    29.06.2020
  • Lesotho Lesotho has restricted the entry of all travelers except for personnel involved in the transportation of medical supplies, food, and other goods. Inbound and outbound travel is restricted due to neighbouring South Africa’s national lockdown and border closure. While no official travel ban is in place, reaching or leaving Lesotho is essentially impossible due to these restrictions. Land crossings with South Africa remain closed to passenger traffic. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine for 14 days. Only five land border crossings between South Africa and Lesotho remain open: Caledonspoort (06:00-22:00), Maputsoe (24 hours), Maseru Bridge (24 hours), Qacha’s Nek (06:00-22:00) and Van Rooyen’s Gate (06:00-22:00).

    International restrictions:

    The national lockdown was lifted. Non-essential businesses are gradually resuming operations.Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places. Public gatherings are also restricted to up to 50 people.

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    30.05.2020
  • Lesotho
    Lesotho has restricted the entry of all travelers except for personnel involved in the transportation of medical supplies, food, and other goods. Inbound and outbound travel is restricted due to neighbouring South Africa’s national lockdown and border closure. While no official travel ban is in place, reaching or leaving Lesotho is essentially impossible due to these restrictions. Land crossings with South Africa remain closed to passenger traffic. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine for 14 days. Only five land border crossings between South Africa and Lesotho remain open: Caledonspoort (06:00-22:00), Maputsoe (24 hours), Maseru Bridge (24 hours), Qacha’s Nek (06:00-22:00) and Van Rooyen’s Gate (06:00-22:00).

    International restrictions:

    The national lockdown was lifted. Non-essential businesses are gradually resuming operations.Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places. Public gatherings are also restricted to up to 50 people.

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    27.05.2020
  • Lesotho Inbound and outbound travel is restricted due to neighbouring South Africa’s national lockdown and border closure. While no official travel ban is in place, reaching or leaving Lesotho is essentially impossible due to these restrictions.

    Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine for 14 days.

    Only five land border crossings between South Africa and Lesotho remain open: Caledonspoort (06:00-22:00), Maputsoe (24 hours), Maseru Bridge (24 hours), Qacha’s Nek (06:00-22:00) and Van Rooyen’s Gate (06:00-22:00).

    International restrictions:

    The national lockdown was lifted on 5 May. Non-essential businesses will gradually resume operations from 6 May. However, wearing face masks is compulsory in public places. Public gatherings are also restricted to up to 50 people.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Health/
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