Foreign travel advice

Lesotho

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

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Coronavirus: stay up to date

See information on measures introduced in Lesotho in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out how to return to the UK from Lesotho.

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There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lesotho. However, the authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus

Given the rapidly changing situation in the region we are temporarily withdrawing a limited number of UK staff and their dependents. The High Commission in Lesotho will continue to carry out essential work. 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 1500.

International travel may become more difficult. British nationals who wish to leave Lesotho should contact their airline or travel company and insurance provider as soon as they are able, and keep up to date with the latest developments.

Visitors to Lesotho must travel or transit via South Africa. South Africa has put in place travel restrictions on individuals from countries affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), including the United Kingdom. Follow our travel advice for South Africa and consult your nearest South African High Commission.

On 25 March the Government of Lesotho announced restrictions on movement from midnight on 29 March until 21 April: between these dates everyone in Lesotho must stay at home except for purchase of food and essential household shopping or to access medial services. Non-essential travel within and outside the country is prohibited except for the transport of food, medical supplies and essential household goods.

Consular support is limited in Lesotho as the British High Commission does not provide consular services. If you’re in Lesotho and need urgent help from the UK government, call +27 12 421 7500. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Lesotho, call 020 7008 1500. The British High Commission in Pretoria can provide consular support to British nationals in Lesotho.

Most visits to Lesotho are trouble free.

There are ongoing political tensions and occasional spontaneous political demonstrations in Maseru. You should avoid demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings. 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’s no recent history of terrorism in Lesotho, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.