Lesotho Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Lesotho Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Lesotho, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Lesotho is often referred to as the Kingdom in the Sky. Constructed in the heart of a beautiful mountainous landscape, this country has decided to open its doors to tourists in the recent years. It has since become one of the most popular travel destinations for its blend of cultural and natural wealth. To the north, Holtse bears the signs of Lesotho’s colonial past. In Quthing, you may even be able to spot dinosaur footprints. As a University town, Roma will immerse you in a friendly warm atmosphere. The capital Maseru is also well worth a visit during your time. For water sports enthusiasts, a trip to Katse Dam or Maletsunyane Falls will make your stay memorable. As for nature lovers, the Sehlabathebe National Park is highly recommended.

Make sure you know about Lesotho’s medical care and safety and security tips.
A mountain village in Lesotho By USAID Africa Bureau – Lesotho mountain villageUploaded by Elitre, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21460406

Recommended travel vaccinations for Lesotho

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Lesotho

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Lesotho

Medical Care in Lesotho

Medical services in Lesotho are not sufficient, with inadequate infrastructure and a lack of medication throughout the country. In addition, the treatments provided are ineffective. It is strongly recommended to avoid medical treatment for serious illnesses in Lesotho; visitors should request medical evacuation to Belgium or South Africa. If a medical transfer is not possible, choose to be treated at the Maseru Private Hospital instead of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

Pharmaceuticals are unreliable and are kept in unsuitable conditions. For this reason, remember to bring an emergency medical kit.

Unfortunately, Lesotho does not offer an ambulance service. You may call 589 705 88 for medical assistance.

Is Lesotho Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence; Avoid large gatherings
Road safety Limited gas station outside of cities; Caution required in rural areas
Public transportation Avoid minibus taxis
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Lesotho?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter Lesotho for trips under 14 days. Otherwise, an extension is required for stays between 14 and 44 days. A temporary residence permit is required if staying longer. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Lesotho information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian High Commission to South Africa (PRETORIA)
Street Address:
1103 Arcadia Street, Hatfield,
Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

Tel.: 27 (12) 422-3000
Fax: 27 (12) 422-3052

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in South Africa. There is no Canadian government office in Lesotho.

Click here to access the high commission’s website