There is no British diplomatic representation in Lesotho. If you need emergency consular assistance, you should contact the British Honorary Consul firstname.lastname@example.org
Most visits to Lesotho are trouble free.
On 8 and 9 July a dispute between minibus taxi drivers caused substantial delays at the Maseru bridge border crossing with South Africa. Monitor local media for the latest situation and use alternative crossing points if necessary.
The shooting of the former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force on 24 June has increased political tensions. You should avoid demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings. See Crime
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Muggers in central Maseru frequently target foreign nationals. Don’t walk alone in isolated areas or after dark and avoid driving in rural areas at night. When driving in urban centres, especially Maseru, keep doors locked, windows shut and valuables out of sight. Park in well-lit areas and do not pick up strangers. Take care at the approaches to main border crossings, particularly at night. There have been cases of armed car-jacking. If you are involved in such an incident, offer no resistance.
Take precautions to safeguard valuables and cash. Leave them in hotel safes, where practicable. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place.
There is no effective public transport system or reliable taxi service in Lesotho.
A British driving licence or International Driving Permit is valid for use in Lesotho for up up to three months. If you wish to drive for a longer period, you will need a local driving licence.
Driving standards in Lesotho are poor and you should drive carefully. Local mini-bus taxis are often poorly maintained and uninsured, and ignore road safety rules. Animals roaming on the roads are a hazard, especially at night.
The European Commission has published a list of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the European Union.
There are occasional spontaneous political demonstrations in Maseru. You should avoid demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.
There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Homosexuality is illegal.
Possession of drugs is a serious offence and punishments can be severe.
British nationals can obtain entry visas on arrival. Overstaying without proper authority is a serious matter. You may be held in detention.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 90 days from the date of exit from Lesotho. You must have at least two spare pages to allow the immigration authorities to affix visa stamps.
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
If you intend to visit South Africa before or after Lesotho you should be aware that while South African authorities state officially that only one blank passport page is required for entry, there have been reports of some South African officials insisting on two blank pages.
Travelling with children via a South African airport
If you’re transiting through a South African airport with children, see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.
Lesotho has only very basic medical facilities. Expatriates use medical facilities in Bloemfontein, South Africa, a 90-minute drive (140km) from Maseru. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, including evacuation by air and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 121 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
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