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Africa > Lesotho: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 12 908

Active cases: 5 885

Recovered: 6 649

Deaths: 374

Vaccination count: 36 637

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2021-07-30

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Anyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Oui
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in public spaces

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Movement across the border is restricted to those providing essential goods and services, those with medical emergencies (with permits) and certain other limited categories.

Those permitted to enter Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. This should show:

-the name of the traveller (which must correspond with their travel document)
-a serial number which is not duplicated
-clear and visible proof that the certificate was issued within 72 hours
-the date on which the swab was taken and the date the results were provided to the traveller
-the name of the testing laboratory approved by the Minister responsible for health

The border crossing points at Maseru Bridge, Caledonspoort (Butha Buthe), Maputsoe Bridge, Qacha’s Nek Bridge and Vanrooyens Gate (Mafeteng) remain open, but this is subject to change at short notice. Their hours of operation are reduced due to the COVID-19 related curfew in South Africa. See our travel advice for South Africa for further information.

If you wish to enter or exit Lesotho, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Truck drivers, Basotho students studying in South Africa and others who cross the border daily are permitted to cross for 14 days before a further test is required.

Tests: Anyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus.

Quarantine: Yes
Self-isolation for 14 days required for all countries.

Information updated on 2021-07-22.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
Lesotho is currently under “Blue Level” COVID-19 restrictions.

An overnight curfew remains in place from 10pm to 4am.

Supermarkets, grocery shops, hardware stores, cafes and clothing stores are permitted to operate normally but must observe COVID-19 Protocols on sanitisation and social distancing. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service between 8am and 8pm. Off licenses can operate Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm with take-out service only.

All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours.

Schools and colleges have closed early for the winter holiday. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation.

Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation.

Hotels and hotel restaurants may open at 100% capacity. Conferences and workshops can be held but numbers are restricted to 50% of the conference venue capacity.

Restaurants and fast food outlets may operate with 50% seated capacity between 6am and 9pm. Covid-19 protocols must be observed (including sanitisation and social distancing). Alcohol is only permitted to be sold as take-out.

Social and family gatherings of up to 50 people only are allowed. Alcohol is not permitted to be served.

Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 50% capacity of the church. The service should not last more than two hours and one hour must be allowed for disinfection between services. All people must wear masks all times, including when singing. Weddings are permitted with a maximum of 50 guests inside only and a maximum length of 2 hours. Buffet service is to be avoided. Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 100 people and COVID-19 protocols must be observed. Only immediate family members may view the deceased at the mortuary. Night vigils and buffets are not permitted.

Gyms may operate outside with not more than 100 people and must observe social distancing. Contact and non-contact sports are permitted with no spectators. Contact sports are only allowed with police permits and players and technical teams must be tested for COVID-19 prior to training camps.

Public parks and recreational areas are closed.

Political rallies are not permitted. Indoor political meetings of up to 100 people are permitted if COVID-19 protocols are observed.

Entertainment events are prohibited.

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 500 banned.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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