Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Maseru (11/27/2021)
Location: Southern African Countries
Event: On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction due to the detection of a variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Lesotho. The policy does not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and certain other categories of travelers. See the text of the announcement here. The new restrictions and requirements will take effect on November 29. The CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice - Do Not Travel for Lesotho. Subsequently, the Department has updated the Travel Advisory for Lesotho to a Level 4 - Do Not Travel.
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Lesotho currently have multiple options via commercial air and land border crossings. Transportation schedules can change without notice. Please check with airlines/carriers regarding flight cancellations and/or restrictions. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to have a departure plan that does not include government assistance.
Please see contact information for airlines operating from Maseru International Airport below.
Maseru – Moshoeshoe I International Airport
Airline Name: Airlink
Telephone: +266 22 350 418 & +266 22 350 419
Actions to Take:
- Review the CDC’s travel health notice Lesotho.
- Review the State.Gov Travel Alert for Lesotho.
- Review the South Africa National Institute for Communicable Diseases FAQ on B.1.1.529.
- Check with airlines and transit and destination countries for how it impacts travel.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Lesotho Country Information
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