Lesotho Info

Some things to know before visiting Lesotho

Here's information on the basic requirements for entering Lesotho, as well as links to more information.

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Entry/Exit Requirements

Countries whose citizens do not need a visa:
Australia - Japan - Belgium - Netherlands - Denmark - Norway - Finland
Portugal - France - San Marino - Germany - South Africa - Iceland
South Korea - Greece - Spain - Ireland - Sweden - Israel - Switzerland
Italy - United States Of America.

Refer to the below links for a full and current list.
Further information available at:
www.golesotho.co.za/embassies.html
www.golesotho.co.za/Information.htmlAdd

Climate

Best time to visit:
  Temperate climate with well-marked seasons. Summer is the rainy season; 85% of rainfall occurs from October to April, especially in the mountains. Snow occurs in the highlands from May to September. The hottest period is from January to February. Lesotho is a land of clear blue skies and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Further information available at:
www.wunderground.com/global/LS.html

Medical Facilities

Lesotho has numerous hospitals and clinics dotted around the country, be they government establishments, private hospitals or church-affiliated clinics. These are ready to meet most minor ailments but the more serious are referred to other institutions in the Republic of South Africa, and mostly to Bloemfontein in the Free State Province of South Africa. Numerous doctors with private practices can be found throughout the country.

Further information available at:
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/lesotho

Laws and illegal activities

Remember to ask before you photograph any person or personal items, including homesteads. When camping or caravanning, remember to ask permission from the local chief or headman before setting up camp. When travelling, all occupants of vehicles must wear seatbelts at all times. In addition, the vehicle should carry two warning triangles. Do not pick, collect or damage any vegetation as, according to Basotho custom, most plants belong to someone.

Social conventions:
If spending some time in rural villages, it is polite to inform the head chief. It is likely that he will be very helpful. Normal social courtesies and a friendly, warm approach will be greatly appreciated. Dress should be practical and casual but local customs should be respected (including those regarding modesty in dress). Religion plays an important part in daily life.

Photography:
Photographs must not be taken of the following: the palace, police establishments, government offices, the airport or monetary authority buildings.
Homosexuality is illegal.
Possession of drugs is a serious offence and punishments can be severe.

Further information available at:
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lesotho/local-laws-and-customs

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