Visa Requirements

US Citizens

US citizens-  a Visa is not required for visits of up to 14 days for tourist or business travel to this country, but a valid US Passport is required.

Any US citizen who wishes to travel to Lesotho for any purpose other than tourism or business negotiations (e.g. work, study, adoption, immigration, or stays longer than stipulated in the entry requirements) should contact the embassy or nearest consulate directly.


Antigua & Barbuda Bahamas Bangladesh Barbados Belize Botswana Brunei Cameroon Dominica Fiji Gambia Grenada Guyana Hongkong Ireland Israel Jamaica Japan Kenya Kiribati Korea (South) Korea (Dem. Peoples Rep.) Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Monaco Namibia Nauru Papua New Guinea Saint Christopher & Nieves Saint Lucia St. Vincent & the Grenadines San Marino Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Sri Lanka Swaziland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad &Tobago Tuvalu Uganda UK US (including Virgin Islands, Guam Samoa, Puerto Rico) Vanuatu Western Samoa Zambia Zimbabwe


Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.

Non-US Citizens

Tourist Visa

The Lesotho Visa Application form should be carefully completed in the applicant’s own handwriting. The following documents must be produced before consideration can be given to the application.

  • Valid passport or travel document with a visa for transit or re-entry into the Republic of South Africa where applicable
  • One passport-size photograph  passport photographs
  • Copy of round trip airline tickets or itinerary
  • Police Clearance from country of origin. However, Representatives of tourist groups, well-known businesses, Government/ or International Organizations and holders of service (Official) and Diplomatic Passports are exempt from the policy.
  • Invitation letter from the inviting party
  • Copy of the passport
    *Please note that all applicants need to apply for transit visas to Lesotho from South African Missions/Embassies.
  • The issued visa does not absolve the holder from compliance with the Immigration Regulations, neither does it guarantee admission.  
  • A vaccination certificate is required from visitors coming from countries where cholera or yellow fever is endemic.  
  • Application for work permits should be made in Lesotho within the first (30) days.  
  • Visitors planning to extend their stay must apply in advance to:
    Director of Immigration Services P.O. Box 363 Maseru, 100 Lesotho Southern Africa Tel: (266) 22322187 

Business Visa


A valid, signed US passport. The passport must have at least 6 months remaining after the completion of your stay in Lesotho, and contain at least one blank visa page.

  1. Fully completed and signed Lesotho Visa Application
  2. One passport-size photograph  passport photographs
  3. Copy of round trip airline tickets or itinerary
  4. Proof of sufficient funds for support (i.e.: copy of recent bank statement or travelers checks)
  5. A business letter of introduction and financial responsibility is required to be typed on your company letterhead and addressed to: Embassy of Lesotho, Visa Section, Washington, DC. This letter must be signed by a company officer other than the traveler, and should:
    1. state the nature of business to be performed;
    2. include the name and address of the company to be visited;
    3. guarantee sufficient financial support during visit; and
    4. guarantee return transportation to the US for the applicant.


In addition to the standard Iratex fees, the following consular fees apply:

VISA Processing Fees:

$ 145.00 Single Entry *** cash, money orders or company checks (personal checks are not accepted). ***

Processing Time: Two (2) business days.

Visa Information

Lesotho does not maintain a consular office in Canada. Therefore, Canadian residents may apply through Washington DC.