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Last verified: Monday, 28. September 2020 at 07:18 AM

Lesotho Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Lesotho

Local Situation: 3.8 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Lesotho. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.9 / 5

Lesotho shares a land border with South Africa. For these two countries, the Advisory Index is 3.9.

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Lesotho

There are currently 1,558 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Lesotho. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 35 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Lesotho.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Lesotho

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Lesotho.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Lesotho from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Det oklara säkerhetsläget fortsätter. Plötsliga förändringar kan ske. Undvik att röra dig ensam eller ute när det är mörkt. Många hiv-positiva bland befolkningen.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/LS

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider travel to Lesotho due to COVID-19.    Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Lesotho due ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/lesotho-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/lesotho

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Lesotho has declared a national emergency and is currently under a state of lockdown. Hygiene protocols have been implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. The border with South Africa is closed. If you can't or don't want to leave Lesotho, follow the advice of local authorities, make arrangements for an extended stay and minimise your risk of exposure ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/lesotho

Individual rating changes for Lesotho

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Lesotho. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 7th 2020

The total rating for Lesotho changed from 3.2 to 3.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Lesotho to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Lesotho changed from 3.0 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Lesotho to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Lesotho changed from 2.6 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Lesotho to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Lesotho to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 16th 2020

The total rating for Lesotho changed from 2.3 to 2.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Lesotho with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Lesotho changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Lesotho with a rating of 1.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Lesotho with a rating of 3.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Lesotho with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Lesotho with a rating of 2.0.

About Lesotho

Lesotho with its capital Maseru is a country in Africa (Southern Africa), slightly smaller than Maryland (30,355 km²). The country is located Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa. The climate can be described as temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers. The landscape is mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains. With a population of about 2.13 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Maseru
Population about 2.13 million
Size 30.355 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Maryland
Common languages English, Southern Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu
Currency Loti (short: LSL)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +266
Internet Top Level Domain .ls
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 LS
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 LSO
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 426

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Lesotho is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • and redirects water to South Africa
  • and soil exhaustion
  • desertification
  • Highlands Water Project controls
  • population pressure forcing settlement in marginal areas results in overgrazing
  • severe soil erosion
  • stores

Natural hazzards

  • periodic droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Lesotho. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. apparel assembly
  2. beverages
  3. construction
  4. food
  5. handicrafts
  6. textiles
  7. tourism

Agriculture products

  1. barley
  2. corn
  3. livestock
  4. pulses
  5. sorghum
  6. wheat

Basotho Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Lesotho.

Export products

  1. diamonds
  2. electricity
  3. food
  4. footwear)
  5. live animals
  6. manufactures (clothing
  7. mohair
  8. water
  9. wool

Import products

  1. building materials
  2. food
  3. machinery
  4. medicines
  5. petroleum products
  6. vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Lesotho?

Lesotho is currently rated at 3,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Lesotho.

Is it safe to travel Lesotho in 2020?

The score is rather high (3,8) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Lesotho. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Lesotho?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Lesotho.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Lesotho?

There are currently 1,558 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Lesotho. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 35 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Lesotho.

What is the size of Lesotho?

Lesotho has a size of 30,355 km² or 11,720 mi² which is slightly smaller than Maryland.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.