Security/Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place Lifted

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens continue to shelter in place until 06:00 am tomorrow morning (February 2) at which time the recommendation will be lifted if there are no further developments. U.S. citizens are advised to remain vigilant about their personal safety and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, particularly in the run up to elections scheduled for February 28, 2015.

The Embassy is expected to open as scheduled on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 am for normal operations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lesotho enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Lesotho if appropriate, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Lesotho.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is located at 254 Kings Way, Maseru and is open M-F 7:30AM – 5:00PM  +(266) 2231-2666.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is +(266) 5888-4035.