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Lesotho E-Visa Information

The Lesotho E-Visa is an electronic visa introduced in May 2017 to expedite the process of applying for a visa for Lesotho for short stays for tourism, business, to study, or for diplomatic purposes. It eliminates the need to wait in long border queues to submit a Lesotho visa on arrival application or visit an embassy in person to obtain a travel document.

To apply for an electronic Lesotho visa, it is necessary to fill in a simple online Lesotho visa application, which can be completed in just a few minutes by supplying basic personal, passport, and travel information.

It is also necessary to upload a few supporting documents, which vary depending on the type of Lesotho travel visa required, and to pay a mandatory processing fee to submit a Lesotho visa application form online.

Once a Lesotho online visa application has been processed and approved, usually within 72 hours, the traveler receives their approved E-Visa for Lesotho sent to a current email address. They can then print a copy to present upon arrival at border checkpoints in the country.

A Lesotho E-Visa may be issued for either a single entry, which permits a stay of 44 days and is valid for 90 days from issue, or for multiple entries. The multiple-entry online visa is valid for a total of 180 days from approval.

Travelers who wish to visit the country for longer periods of stay, or who need to obtain another visa type such as a Lesotho work visa, are advised to contact the nearest Lesotho embassy or consulate for further information.

Single or multiple entry online visa
For tourism, business, diplomatic purposes, or to study
Stay for up 44 days in Lesotho
Single entry visa valid for 90 days
Multiple entry visa valid for 180 days
What is Necessary?

Passport valid for 6 months beyond the period of stay

Recent photo, passport-style

Travel Itinerary

Current email

Valid debit/credit card

Lesotho E-Visa Requirements

In order to submit an E-Visa application, it is first necessary to meet the online Lesotho visa requirements.

Electronic Lesotho tourist visa requirements state that the applicant must have:

  • An eligible passport with a minimum validity of at least 6 months past the period of intended stay in Lesotho
  • A recent photograph of the applicant, passport-style
  • An itinerary for the trip
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the stay (e.g. bank statements)
  • A valid credit or debit card to pay the Lesotho visa fees
  • A current email address at which to receive the approved E-Visa.

Those applying for a tourist E-Visa must also supply a letter of invitation from a resident of the Kingdom of Lesotho or proof of a confirmed hotel reservation, while online Lesotho business visa requirements state that applicants must upload a letter from their employer stating the purpose of their trip.

Additional supporting documents may be requested depending on the type of Lesotho E-Visa the applicant requires.

Once the traveler receives their approved E-Visa confirmation in their email inbox, they are required to print a copy to present to border authorities in Lesotho alongside the same passport they used to apply online.

Countries Eligible for Lesotho

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Lesotho

Countries Eligible for Lesotho

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

Application Steps

Complete online application
Confirm Payment
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for Lesotho

Last update: 07/04/2021

International travelers arriving in Lesotho must carry a medical certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19 issued within 72 hours prior to arrival. Citizens of Lesotho are exempt if they are tested in Lesotho itself before traveling to another destination if they return within 14 days.

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Lesotho Visa FAQ

  • Which countries need a visa for Lesotho?

    While visitors from a select few countries are able to visit the country visa-free for stays between 15 to 90 days, the majority of foreign nationalities need a visa for Lesotho regardless of the intended duration of their visit.

  • What is the Lesotho E-Visa?

    The Lesotho E-Visa is an electronic visa implemented in 2017 to facilitate the process of applying for a Lesotho tourist or business visa, or a visa for diplomatic purposes.

  • How do I apply for an electronic visa for Lesotho?

    To apply for an electronic visa for Lesotho, eligible citizens are able to complete a simple online application form to receive an approved Lesotho E-Visa sent by email.

  • Is the E-Visa for Lesotho valid for multiple entries?

    The E-Visa for Lesotho can either be issued for a single entry or multiple entries depending on the traveler’s needs.

  • How long can I stay in Lesotho with the E-VISA?

    The single entry E-Visa for Lesotho permits a maximum stay of 44 days from the date of entry in the country and is valid for a total of 90 days.

    The multiple-entry online visa allows the holder to enter and exit Lesotho as many times as they wish within a total validity period of 180 days.

  • What do I need to submit an application for the Lesotho electronic visa?

    In order to submit a Lesotho electronic visa application, it is necessary for all applicants to have a passport valid for 6 months past the end of the stay in the country, a photograph that meets the Lesotho visa photo requirements, a credit or debit card to pay the E-Visa fee, and a working email address to which the E-Visa confirmation will be sent.

    It will also be necessary to supply some additional supporting documents depending on the type of E-Visa for Lesotho the applicant requires, whether they need a tourist visa, student visa, business visa, or a visa for diplomatic purposes.

  • How much does the Lesotho online visa cost?

    The government Lesotho visa cost is US$150 for a single entry E-Visa and US$250 for a multiple entry online visa.

  • How long will my Lesotho E-Visa take to process?

    The standard Lesotho visa processing time is within 24 hours of submitting the application, although in some cases it may take up to 72 hours for the E-Visa to be processed.

  • What happens if my E-Visa application is rejected?

    If a Lesotho E-Visa request is rejected, the applicant is able to submit a new visa form online.

    The most common reason for denial of an E-visa for Lesotho is small mistakes in the information provided on the form, so it is important to double-check all the information supplied is correct before submitting an application.

  • Do I need a Lesotho e-Visa for all my children? Should I include them in my application?

    Travelers are able to submit an online Lesotho visa form on behalf of minors under the age of 16 if they share the same last name and include a family or birth certificate with the application.

    If the surname of the child is not the same, they are required to include a letter from a birth parent or guardian authorizing the minor to travel to Lesotho, alongside documentation proving guardianship of the child.

  • Do I need travel or health insurance to be granted a Lesotho E-Visa?

    While travel health insurance is not a mandatory requirement for a Lesotho E-Visa to be granted, applicants are nevertheless advised to have a valid insurance policy for travel to Lesotho.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Lesotho E-Visa?

    Yes, holders of an approved E-Visa for Lesotho are required to print a copy of the approval letter to present upon arrival in the country, alongside the same passport used to complete the online application.

  • Can I extend my E-Visa in Lesotho?

    Yes, an E-Visa can be extended once in the country by visiting a Lesotho Immigration Office.

  • Do I need a visa if I am just in transit in Lesotho?

    A Lesotho transit visa is not available as Lesotho does not currently have any transit facilities.

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