Entry & Exit Formalities
- Entry permits are easy to get at Lesotho’s land borders and Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport.
- If you are a citizen of a country for which a visa is required, it’s best to arrange this in advance.
- If you have recently travelled in a yellow-fever area, or even transited for over 12 hours en route to Lesotho, you need to show a vaccination certificate to the country.
You may leave the country with souvenirs and presents with a value of up to M500. Anything more must be declared, and any good with a serial number must also be declared.
- Citizens of most Western European countries, the USA and many Commonwealth countries are granted a free entry permit upon arrival for stays of up to 14 days.
- If you ask for a stay longer than 14 days at the border (or the ministry), it may be granted. Otherwise, you may apply at the Ministry of Home Affairs to extend your permit for another 14 days.
- Travellers who require a visa can get one in Pretoria, South Africa. A new electronic visa system also allows travellers to apply online at http://evisalesotho.com. The process takes 72 hours.
- If you arrive at the Maseru Bridge border crossing without a visa, with some luck you'll be issued a temporary entry permit to allow you to get to Maseru, where you can apply for a visa. However, don't count on this method, which is unreliable.