Lesotho Travel Information
Lesotho is a small and mountainous country,
surrounded on all sides by neighboring South Africa.
Most trips to Lesotho are completed without any special
problems. The greatest risk is related to crime and
transport safety. Infrastructure, road networks and
mobile coverage may be restricted outside the capital
Most trips to Lesotho are completed without any
special problems. The greatest risk is related to crime
and transport security. Infrastructure, road networks
and mobile coverage may be restricted outside the
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate
general in Maseru. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for
Lesotho is Pretoria in South Africa.
Lesotho is characterized by periods of political
instability and subsequent political demonstrations. It
is recommended that travelers obtain information on the
current political situation in Lesotho prior to entry
and are aware of developments even after arrival. Avoid
public demonstrations. The risk of terrorist incidents
in Lesotho is considered small.
Violence may occur in connection with political
demonstrations. In some cases, there have been clashes
between protesters and police. Some border crossings to
South Africa have previously been closed as a result of
protests from local transport workers against
legislation related to border crossings between
Visitors are rarely exposed to violent crime, but
general caution should be exercised. An increase in the
number of robberies and thefts is reported in urban
areas in Lesotho, including in Maseru, Maputsoe and
Leribe. Visitors can be particularly vulnerable and
extra caution should be exercised during the holiday
season. The risk of armed robberies and hijackings is
highest in Maseru. Avoid driving after dark. It is
recommended to drive with the doors locked, the windows
closed and valuables not visible in the front of the
car. Some robberies of foreigners have also been
reported outside of densely populated areas. Scams from
ATM withdrawals and pocket theft may occur.
- Countryaah: Maseru is the capital
of Lesotho. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Taking simple precautions can significantly reduce
the risk. Visitors should inform themselves locally
about the security situation. After dark, it may be
advantageous not to move on foot, especially in Maseru.
Areas with limited street lighting pose a particular
risk in the evening. If one is subjected to attempted
robbery, one should remain calm and not resist.
Possession of drugs is considered a serious crime and
can result in severe penalties.
The main road from South Africa to Maseru holds
reasonably good standards. The road network outside
urban areas is of a lower standard. Limited lighting in
the evening and grazing areas without a fence at the
roadside pose a particular risk, and one should avoid
driving after dark.
Outside of Maseru, travelers should use a car adapted
to local conditions. When driving in mountainous areas
and Sani Pass, one should use a solid four-wheel drive.
Since there will be limited access to outside assistance
in several areas, travelers with a car should consider
having first aid kits, functioning communication
equipment and extra fuel. There is left-hand traffic in
Gay practice is prohibited in Lesotho.
The lowest point in Lesotho is 1400 meters above sea
level. In the high-lying area there are often minus
degrees and occasional snow in the winter season,
May-September. In the low lying areas, the winter is dry
and mild, but the nights are often cold.
Summer is hot, with a lot of rainfall. Temperatures
rarely get very high. Failing rainfall can lead to
periods of drought and food shortages. During the summer
months between November and February, strong storms can
occur, which can also trigger landslides.
Norwegian citizens residing in Lesotho are encouraged
to register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid travel
Local emergency numbers: Fire Department 115, police
112/58881010, ambulance 121.
Access to public ambulance services is limited.
Travelers should consider using private deals.
In crisis and emergency, the embassy in Pretoria can
be contacted on tel: +27 12 364 3700.
Outside the embassy's opening hours (08: 00-16: 00),
the UD's 24-hour operating center can be contacted on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for travel to
Lesotho which lasts less than 14 days.
An extension of this period can be applied for on
arrival. For longer stays in Lesotho, you may consider
applying for a temporary residence permit.
The vast majority of travelers to Lesotho come via
South Africa and must therefore ensure that they comply
with South African regulations related to visas and
travel documentation (see separate article on South
Africa). Roads between South Africa and the border
crossing at Maseru are of a good standard, but other
border crossings should have a suitable car.
Although there is freedom of visa for Norwegian
citizens for shorter stays in Lesotho, only passports
that are approved as valid identification documents. The
passport must be valid for at least six months after the
visit is completed.
There are regular flights to Johannesburg-Maseru.
In South Africa, there is no requirement for a visa
for Norwegian citizens. However, the passport must be
valid for at least six months after the visit is
completed and must contain at least one blank page for
each entry or exit in South Africa. If you have a visa,
you should also check the last date of departure
indicated on the stamp you receive on arrival in South
Minors traveling alone to South Africa must present a
birth certificate. According to guardians with a
Norwegian passport, this is not needed. See New
requirements for children traveling through South
African ports of entry.
If you come from another African country, you may be
required to prove that you have yellow fever vaccine. It
is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that the
travel documents are valid.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Feel free to follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Norwegian Institute of Public Health that provides
health professional travel advice, cf. the link to the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website regarding
The quality of the local health service is varied and
is consistently below the Norwegian standard. The
proportion of the adult population living with HIV/ AIDS
is very high. In 2018, the proportion was estimated at
25 percent, which is one of the highest in the world.
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health for official health professional travel
advice and health professional guidance to Norwegians
when traveling abroad.
It is recommended to use South African health
services where possible.
Tap water can be drunk at regular tourist spots. It
is not necessary to take special precautions with regard
For recommendations on relevant vaccines for travel
to Lesotho, refer to the website of the Institute of
Proof that you have taken yellow fever vaccine may be
required upon entry from other African countries.
There is limited access to a variety of medicines in
large parts of Lesotho. Especially when traveling
outside Maseru, one should consider taking their own
When importing medicines into Lesotho, one can
contact the local authorities for clarification of the
The area code for calls from Norway is +266. The
telephone network is relatively stable in the capital
Maseru. The mobile network is unavailable in parts of
Time difference to Norway: Lesotho is one hour ahead
of Norway, but when it is summer time in Norway there is
no time difference.
The mains is 220 volts and the sockets are of type M.
Remember the adapter.
Parts of the country are without mobile coverage.
Internet access is limited outside Maseru.
National telephone code: +266. Internet domain:.ls
Local currency is Lesotho Loti. South African rand
can also be used as a means of payment in large parts of
Lesotho, but this does not apply the other way around.
There are ATMs in Maseru. Not all ATMs take
international cards. Credit cards are only accepted at
international hotels, Shoprite, car rental companies
Normal opening hours are between approx. 08.30 -
National holidays are January 1, March 11 (Moshweshwe
Day), Good Friday, Easter Day, May 1, May 29 (Ascension
Day), July 17 (King's Birthday), October 4 (Independence
Day), Christmas Day, 2nd Christmas Day.
Tipping at around ten percent of the bill is common
for satisfactory service at restaurants. Hotel tips are
English and Sesotho are official languages.
Hand greeting is common when meeting others.
It is an advantage to ask those who apply before
taking pictures. Pictures of military installations
should be avoided.