COVID-19 Information (Last updated: January 27, 2021)
The Lesotho Ministry of Health has confirmed more than 6,241 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The government of Lesotho increased the lockdown alert to “Red Level” for Lesotho on January 12, 2020. The return to Red Level places restrictions on many activities including mandatory masks in public places, a nationwide curfew each day from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am, and limits gatherings of any kind to10 persons maximum with few exceptions. COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks. Only essential services, such as supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to operate in line with safety protocols. Nearly all indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited. Employees are instructed to work from home where possible.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Entry into Lesotho currently prohibited for all travelers through February 3, 2021.
On January 12, 2021, Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro announced the closure Lesotho’s land borders and suspended all flights at least through February 3, 2021, with limited exceptions. Such exceptions include the transportation of fuel, cargo, and goods or emergency medical attention.
- Negative COVID-19 Test Required: 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
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
Under Alert Level 3, the curfew will apply from 1900 until 0600 daily.
- Are there restrictions on travel between districts? Yes
- 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.
- COVID-19 testing is available to travelers in Maseru at various private facilities. Results are usually available in 24 hours.
- Are commercial flights operating? All flights have been temporarily suspended through February 3, 2021.
Land border posts are closed on the Lesotho side through February 3, 2021 and will remain closed on the South African side through February 15, 2021.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Minibuses, taxis, and bus services are operating at reduced levels subject to social distancing and mandatory use of face masks for passengers and drivers.
- American Citizen Services: Should you require emergency American citizen services, please write USConsularMaseru@state.gov or call using contact information at https://ls.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/emergency-assistance/.
- Visa Services: The United States Embassy in Maseru and Consulates in neighboring South Africa remain unable to resume routine non-immigrant and immigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
- Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.
Department of Home Affairs page for latest information on travel requirements for South Africa
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.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest 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.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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