Foreign travel advice

Lesotho

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Lesotho based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

From 9 January 2021, visitors arriving into England who have been in or transited through Lesotho in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Lesotho will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The FCDO is not advising those already travelling in Lesotho to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

Travel to Lesotho is subject to entry restrictions

  • Movement across the border is still restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories
  • Moshoeshoe International Airport remains closed, except for transport of essential goods and essential services personnel
  • Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours

See Coronavirus and Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Individuals travelling to Lesotho must transit South Africa by air or land. The South African Government has announced a reopening of borders with neighboring countries. However, the Lesotho-South Africa border remains closed on the direction of the Government of Lesotho. Lesotho’s Moshoeshoe International Airport is also currently closed.

Individuals returning to the UK from Lesotho may transit through South Africa via land borders. However, direct flights between South Africa and the UK have been suspended.

See our Travel Advice for South Africa for further information.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Lesotho, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The British High Commission in Pretoria provides consular support to British nationals in Lesotho. If you are in Lesotho and need urgent help from the UK Government call +27 12 421 7500. If you are in the UK and worried about a British national in Lesotho call 020 7008 5000.

Most visits to Lesotho are trouble free.

There are occasional planned or spontaneous political demonstrations in Maseru. You should avoid demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings and stay at home if there is any unusual activity by the security forces. See Political situation

There is often an increase in criminal activity, especially property crimes, leading up to the holiday season. Take extra care and be vigilant during this period. See Crime

Although there is no recent history of terrorism in Lesotho, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism