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Visa Requirements Lesotho

I am a Philippine National visiting lesotho for 2 months for a bussiness trip. There is a limited information on the net regarding the embassy in Asia. Anyone can help on what are the requirements for VISA? Do they have a visa on landing? If not, can I apply in South Africa. Thank you very much, you reply is highly appreciated.

11 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Contact any good travel agent or adviser they have all the details for VISA , And you can also search onto net with good sites..i think travel agent sites can give you all details about your query

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bhuj

If your country does not appear on the list below, you require only a valid passport to cross into
Lesotho. If your country does appear on this list, you require a visa. Visas may be obtained either from
a Lesotho Embassy or via one of the various visa agencies which operate in most countries around the
world and who will get you a visa for a fee. See below for details on where to get visas in South Africa.
The following nationalities require visas for Lesotho:
Afghanistan Korea Republic (North)
Albania Kuwait
Algeria Laos
American Samoa Lebanon
Angola Liberia
Antigua Libya
Argentina Luxembourg
Bahrain Macao
Bahamas Mali
Bangladesh Mauritania
Bolivia Mexico
Brazil Mongolia
Benin Morocco
Belize Mozambique
Bulgaria Nepal
Burkina Faso Nigeria
Burundi Oman
Chad Pakistan
Chile Panama
China Peru
Colombia Phillipines
Congo Poland
Cook Islands Puerto Rico
Costa Rica Romania
Cuba Russia
Czech Republic Rwanda
Djibouti Sao Tome and Principe
Ecuador Slovak Republic
Egypt Slovenia
El Salvador Saudi Arabia
Estonia Senegal
Ethiopia Sri Lanka
Ghana Suriname
Gilbert Islands Syria
Guadeloupe Turkey
Guam Tunisia
Guatemala Ukraine
Honduras United Arab Emirates
Hungary Uruguay
India Venezuela
Indonesia Vietnam
Iran Yemen
Ivory Coast


Lesotho Tourist Visa
A valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining
One visa application form, fully completed and signed
2-passport type photographs
A copy of the Green Card or a valid visa back to the U.S.
Proof of sufficient funds
Onward/Return ticket or confirmed itinerary
ETS Order form Click Here
Lesotho Business Visa
A valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining
One visa application form, fully completed and signed
2-passport type photographs
A copy of the Green Card or a valid visa back to the U.S.
A letter from the company in the U.S. stating the purpose and duration of the trip
A letter of invitation from the host company in Lesotho
Proof of sufficient funds
Onward/Return ticket or confirmed itinerary
Other Information
Please call ETS for latest updates and questions.

Please note: The embassy/consulate may request additional paperwork as deemed necessary
Online Forms
Application form - Click Here
Processing Instructions
Please forward the completed requirements as detailed above to:

Express Travel Services
5945 Pacific Center Blvd, Suite 510
San Diego, CA 92121
Toll Free: 1-866-376-1125
Fax Number: 1-858-225-0786
Email: [email]

Your application will be sent in to the Embassy.
Fees for Express Travel Services50.00 - Per visa/non-rush75.00 - Rush150 - Expedite
Consular Fees30.00 Single entry

These fees are subject to change at any time by the Embassy.
Return Postage14 Courier Service 2nd Business Day20 Courier Service (Priority Overnight)40 Courier Service (Saturday Delivery)55.00 Courier service (First Overnight)

We use only Fedex services

The Embassy of Lesotho
2511 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bhuj

Visa and Immigration Requirements for Lesotho

Lesotho is an independent state and thus passports are needed to enter. Holders of the following passports do not require visas for Lesotho: South Africa. Zimbabwe. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom. Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland. The Netherlands. Canada, Israel and Japan. Others such as Australia, New Zealand. U.S.A., Belgium and Austria do need visas. Any other passport holders should phone Immigration in Maseru on Tel: 317339 or fax 310409.

If you do need a visa, get it in advance from a Lesotho embassy. The only one in Southern Africa is in Pretoria at 343 Pretorius St. (in the Momentum Centre), Tel (012) 3226090 Fax 3220376. To get a visa here takes 24 hours, costs R40 and you'll need one passport photo. The visa section at the embassy is open from 9 - 12, Monday to Friday. You can also send your passport in by registered mail, but will need first to have them fax or send you the requisite forms.

If you wish to extend your stay beyond the date written in your passport, this can be done at the Immigration office in Maseru. You can also try at various border posts. Note that many of the smaller border crossings are
only open between 8am and 4pm.Two border crossings are totally unmanned on the Lesotho side, those at Ongeluksnek and Sehiabathebe/Bushman's Nek. If you enter at either of these, you are required to present yourself at the nearest Immigration office (Qachas Nek or Quthing) to complete formalities.

As this information is subject to change, visitors should check the latest information with the nearest Lesotho diplomatic mission. Visitors returning to South Africa, and who require visas for South Africa, should ensure that they are in possession of a South African multiple entry.

For Further Information Contact
Lesotho - Ministry of Tourism
P.O. Box 52
Maseru 100, Lesotho
Tel: (09-266) 313034
Fax: (09-266) 310194
Telex: 4280 LO

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brussels

Yes, you will need a visa if you travel on a Philippine passport - see this website below (FYI, the Sani Lodge is a hotel at the top of the Sani Pass that links eastern Lesotho to South Africa, so they get quite a lot of international tuourists):
I would imagine that Johannesburg would be your point of entry to Southern Africa and would therefore be the most logical place to pick up your visa if your don't have an Embassy close to where you live. This summary states that the Lesotho Consulate in Johannesburg takes 2-3 days to issue the visa. However, I would strongly recommend that you call the Consulate to discuss the specifics of your situation and confirm time lines as it's dangerous to rely solely on information from the Internet and travel fora such as these, especially in the developing world, where things may change from time to time without notice.
However, as you are going to be there for some time (you mention 2 months in both your postings on Lesotho and Swaziland - it's not clear whether this in total or in each country?), you should enquire as to whether you need a business visa rather than a tourist visa. I'm not sure whether Lesotho makes any distinction, as when I've worked there, I've only visited for a few days at a time as a tourist. However, if there is a distinction, you might have trouble justifying a tourist visa for 2 months as Lesotho is a very small (if pleasant) place, and most tourists wouldn't find enough to keep them occupied for that length of time!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Delft

From the TIM (the IATA Travel Information Manual):

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National Philippines (PH) /Embarkation South Africa (ZA)
Destination Lesotho (LS)

Lesotho (LS)

Passport required.
- Passport and/or passport replacing documents must be valid
on arrival.

Visa required.

Additional Information:

- Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to
cover their stay and documents required for their next

- Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused entry.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brussels

I think that the conflicting information posted above (where three different sources have given three different sets of inconsistent information) confirms the danger of relying just on Internet sources, and just endorses your need to contact an Embassy or Consulate to get clarity.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Delft

Mr. mehulraj has a history of giving incorrect and incomplete information regarding travel requirements and airline schedules and connections.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brussels

Yes Noel, whilst I understand - and applaud - the desire of VTers to be helpful in travel fora, I do think that it's more reliable to trust the guidance of people from that region and/or those who have travelled there if possible.
Greetings from a freezing Johannesburg - fortunately we recently had an 'adults only' long weekend in Kenya to celebrate our 10th anniversary (since my husband was doing some work up there), but the benefit of all that warmth has long since worn off!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Manila

Thanks Catherine for the very helpful information. Also, is there any health certification required when entering the country? I read some info from US govt website that it need one ( yellow fever vaccine, HIV check, etc etc. Is this the case?

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brussels

I've certianly never been asked for it, and very much doubt the border guards would enforce it.
I would have a yellow fever jab anyway if you're going to travel regularly in the deveoping world so that you have the certificate to hand - it is valid for 10 years, so is well worth it to avoid border hassles.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

hi just wanna knw how and where i can apply for lesotho. m keeping keen intrest to visit lesotho. tried a lot to search for it bt cudnt find it. answer wl be highly appreciated. help guys thanks

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