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Lesotho travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
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Open for travel from Lesotho
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to Lesotho must hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • This does not apply to nationals of Lesotho.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Lesotho.
Flight Restrictions

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

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

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.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Individuals wishing to enter or exit Lesotho require a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival. Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus.

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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Full Restrictions

  • 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.

    Read more
    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.

    Read more
    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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