COVID-19 Information (Last updated: October 18, 2021)
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 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.
The Lesotho Ministry of Health has confirmed more than 21,530 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Government of Lesotho has lessened lockdown measures under the Blue Alert Level (Level 2), which went into effect at midnight on October 10, 2021. Blue Level eases restrictions on some public activities and maintains mandatory masks in public places and a nationwide curfew each day from 12:00 am to 4:00 am. COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, 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. Employees are instructed to work from home where possible.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Lesotho? YES
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? YES
- U.S. Citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test at their own expense at private clinics in Maseru for approximately USD 86. 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? NO
- Which vaccines are available in Lesotho? AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, 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
- Is a curfew in place? YES
Under Blue Alert (Level 2), the curfew will apply from 2400 until 0400 daily.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO
- 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? YES
- Is public transportation operating? YES
- 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.
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.