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COVID-19 Information
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January 13, 2021

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information (Last updated: February 14, 2022)

***EffectiveDecember 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three (3) days of travel to the United States prior to boarding. This applies to all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one (1) day of departure.

Passengers will need to show their vaccination status, and airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements or those who test positive for COVID-19. For additional information or if you have specific questions, please contact your airline and visit the CDC’s website. 

NOTE: U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or who may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should be prepared to remain in place until such time as they can meet the requirements. 

Country-Specific Information: 
As of February 14, 2022, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 32 372 cases of COVID-19 within Lesotho borders.  The government of Lesotho has maintained lessened lockdown measures under the Blue Alert Level (Level 2), which went into effect at midnight on October 10, 2021.   The Blue Level eases restrictions on some public activities and maintains mandatory masks in public places.  On January 25, a curfew was abolished but safety protocols remain in place including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment like face masks.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, and most businesses can operate in line with safety protocols.  Some public events and private enterprises may require proof of vaccination for entry.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Lesotho?  YES  
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes, in most cases.
  • U.S. Citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test at their own expense at many private clinics in Maseru for an average cost of approximately USD 50.  A paper copy of the results is usually available in 24 hours.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:  

  • Has the government of Lesotho approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  YES
  • Are vaccines available in Lesotho for U.S. citizens to receive?  YES
  • Which vaccines are available in Lesotho?  According to Lesotho health authorities, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Sinopharm vaccines are available for Basotho citizens over 18 years of age.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES
    Lesotho is open for regular travel, including tourism, through most border crossings and the Moshoeshoe I International Airport.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES- Any travelers to Lesotho will need to present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? NO
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No – On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.
    All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms may be denied entry.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES 
  • Is public transportation operating? YES 

Consular Operations

  • Visa Services: Beginning May 20, 2021, the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg is responsible for providing visa services to those from Lesotho seeking to enter the United States except for diplomatic visa categories.  The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg is resuming visa processing.  Please follow the instructions at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ to schedule an appointment or to submit your visa application via courier.  Approximate wait times for appointments can be found by visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html

Regional Resources:

Department of Home Affairs page for latest information on travel requirements for South Africa.

Other links:

COVID-19 information page on travel.state.gov

CDC page on COVID-19

Travel.state.gov

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Lesotho.