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Lesotho Visa Types

As outlined in a previous paragraph, visitors can apply for one of several online visas, namely tourist, student, business, or diplomatic visas, and these forms are available on VisaHQ. But before applying for any of them, you ought to know about their basic features. We review each one below.

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  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in {country}. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of Lesotho, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in Lesotho stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications.

  • Passport copy. A clear scan of the information page of your valid, signed passport.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in {country}. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of Lesotho, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in Lesotho stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Yellow fever certificate. A yellow fever certificate from travelers coming from an infected area where HIV/AIDS is prevalent.

  • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to the destination country is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. The financial coverage of the expenses can be certified with one of the following documents: an original income certificate of the employer or a bank account statement on the account turnover during the last three months or a pension slip or a certificate of registration in the case of an individual entrepreneur or one-man firm or a valid ticket a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey accommodation or in the case of minors a declaration by the legal representative on the coverage of the costs and on the existence of the financial coverage or a letter of invitation issued and endorsed by the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

  • Personal Invitation. If staying with friends or family, a letter of invitation from the host in the destination country, NOTARIZED by the appropriate city hall in the destination country can be used instead of the hotel reservation.

  • Enrollment Letter. Please provide a letter confirming your enrollment from university/college/school in Lesotho.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Yellow fever certificate. A yellow fever certificate from travelers coming from an infected area where HIV/AIDS is prevalent.

  • Health insurance. Proof of international health insurance and specifically covering travel to the destination country is required. Applicants can get a free quote and purchase valid travel insurance from our affiliate.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. The financial coverage of the expenses can be certified with one of the following documents: an original income certificate of the employer or a bank account statement on the account turnover during the last three months or a pension slip or a certificate of registration in the case of an individual entrepreneur or one-man firm or a valid ticket a certificate of a reserved and prepaid journey accommodation or in the case of minors a declaration by the legal representative on the coverage of the costs and on the existence of the financial coverage or a letter of invitation issued and endorsed by the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

  • Personal Invitation. If staying with friends or family, a letter of invitation from the host in the destination country, NOTARIZED by the appropriate city hall in the destination country can be used instead of the hotel reservation.

  • Enrollment Letter. Please provide a letter confirming your enrollment from university/college/school in Lesotho.

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A visa is not required for this destination.

A visa is not required for this destination.


Sounds good! What else do I need to know while planning a trip to Lesotho?
  • First, check the current validity of your passport.

  • Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.

  • Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

    Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Lesotho. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country
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  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
  • All Business travelers must register with the Directorate of Immigration. Travelers must present passport and nationality verification within 7 days of arrival.
  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
  • All Business travelers must register with the Directorate of Immigration. Travelers must present passport and nationality verification within 7 days of arrival.
  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
  • All documents submitted in a foreign language (other than English), must be accompanied with an official English translation.
  • If you are traveling with a minor aged 16 and below, you must provide the following:
    names must be the same, family or birth certificates must be supplied;
    if not of the same family, a letter from birth parent, guardian – with documentation showing guardianship, allowing the minor to travel to Lesotho.
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Lesotho Visa Policy

Under Lesotho’s visa application, any visitor entering the country must get a visa unless their nationality exempts them from holding visas. Lesotho maintains a list of nations whose citizens can visit the country for short trips. If you are eligible for visa exemption, you can enter and stay in Lesotho for 90 days or 14 days per visit, depending on your nationality.

During your visit, you can tour the length and breadth of the country to enjoy the rich culture and scenic locations on display.

As for foreigners who don’t qualify for visa-free entry, they must apply for visas in one of two ways; through Lesotho’s foreign missions abroad or online. Submitting visa applications at foreign missions is mandatory if you are going for a long-term visit of up to one year or more. 

Such visas take time to apply for, and the waiting time may extend for several weeks, but it is mandatory. The other option is to apply for an online visa for short trips. The type of Visa is called an electronic visa or e-visa.

Note: Always consult the visa free list to know whether you need a visa for your trip or not.

Lesotho e Visa

The Lesotho electronic visa is an online visa program launched by the government to facilitate speedy visa application by foreigners who require visas to enter the country. This Visa is open to business visitors, tourists, students, and foreign diplomats. Rather than waste time with applications to foreign missions, you can apply for the Visa from the comfort of your home and get it in days.

E Visa applications are processed within 72 hours and offer holders legal entry into Lesotho. 

The Visa may be a single or multiple entry visa; you can stay in Lesotho with a single entry visa for 44 days, while multiple entry visa holders can stay for up to 180 days. However, the government allows visitors to apply for extensions if they wish to. Before submitting your online application, make sure your nationality qualifies you for it.

Key Information About Lesotho e Visa

Apply Outside Lesotho: Visitors looking to apply for an e-visa must do so in advance of their trip when they are outside Lesotho. Applying for a visa inside the country is prohibited.

Applying For Extension: You can apply for an extension if you need more time to conclude your affairs, but this must be done before your Visa expires. 

Application for an extension should be submitted to the immigration authorities closest to you. The officer handling your application will decide how many days extra to give you.

Use The Same Passport: The passport you travel with must be the one you use for the application. Traveling with a different passport will render your visit as a legal visitor null and void because the law enforcement officers at the entry checkpoint will be unable to ascertain if you do have a valid visa or not. Never forget that e-visas and passports are linked, and the passport’s bio-data is what is used to generate the e-visa information.

Application Fees: It is mandatory to pay the application fee before you can submit the electronic Visa. E-visa fees are paid online with a credit or debit card, not cash. To execute payment, make sure the card you use has enough funds to cover the fee and transaction cost.

Not For Work: Lesotho e visas are not for work but for tourism, study, business, and diplomats. Many confuse business visas with work visas, but they are not. Business visas are strictly for business engagements of a noncommercial nature. This means that a person with a business visa is not allowed to engage in any activity that will earn them a wage for services rendered.

Visa Validity: Your Visa validity depends on the type of Visa you apply for and your passport validity. A multiple entry visa has a longer validity of 180 days compared to the 90 days of a single entry visa. Secondly, your passport validity also matters because the Visa will expire the moment the passport expires. Visas start counting the moment they are issued.

Print Your Application: Once the Visa is delivered to your email, print a copy and travel with it. This copy will come in handy at the entry checkpoint and when you are inside Lesotho. In case law enforcement agents interrogate you, you can always prove that you are in the country legally by showing them your valid Visa.

Lesotho Visa Online – Get your Lesotho e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you are planning a trip to Lesotho, you may do so with an online visa if your trip is short. Lesotho offers visitors who are not from visa-exempt countries short-term online visas within days of applying, and you don’t have to go through the stress of submitting a physical application.

How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

Applying for a visa with VisaHQ is quite easy, and you don’t have to spend hours filling out the application form or going long distances to submit the form at a public location. Our online visa process is tailored to meet your needs as seamlessly as possible. Do the following

Complete The Application Form: After navigating to the VisaHQ application page, select the Visa you want, then complete the application form. Make sure your entries are correct and reflect the data in your documents.

Upload the documents: The next stage is to upload your travel documents, depending on the type of Visa you are applying for. Valid documents only.

Pay The Fee: Pay the application fee using a credit or debit card. Then submit the application for processing.

Get your Visa: Within three days, the Visa will be forwarded to your email address. Print out a copy for your trip.

Why Use VisaHQ?

You should use VisaHQ for your online applications because we can guarantee you a

  • Seamless process
  • Data security with our advanced data protection software
  • Enjoy technical support
  • Track your application

So what are you waiting for? Visit our application page now to get started.

Lesotho COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    Lesotho's borders are open to all travelers - all COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted, tests and vaccination certificates are no longer required for entry.
    Prior to arrival restrictions
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if you need visa and apply.
    Upon arrival restrictions
    😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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