Guide to Getting a Lesotho Visa

If you’re planning a trip to Lesotho, you’ve come to the right place!

This guide will show you everything you need to know about applying for and getting a visa for Lesotho.


Lesotho is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It borders South Africa to the south and east, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia to its north and west.

The country’s population is estimated at 1 million people (2011), with about 80% living in rural areas.

The capital city Maseru has a population of around 100 000 people; other major cities include Leribe (40 000), Qacha’s Nek (34 500) and Mafeteng (30 000).

Lesotho became independent from British colonial rule on 4 October 1966 upon achieving sovereignty within the British Commonwealth following years of struggle against apartheid rule in South Africa.

It was known as Basutoland but changed its name shortly after gaining independence because it didn’t want anything associated with slavery or colonialism; instead, opting for “Lesotho”, which means “land of the Basothos”.

Document Requirements

  • Passport: You must have a valid passport to apply for your visa.
  • Two passport-sized photos: You must take two copies of your photo and send them along with the application form.
  • Application form: Once you have received an invitation letter from Lesotho, download and fill out this form before sending it back with all necessary documents (passport, visa fee and two photos). Do not forget to mention on what date you intend to go to Lesotho for us to issue you a receipt of payment which will be used as proof that we have received payment for your visa fee!
  • Proof of travel insurance: If travelling by plane, then make sure that there is enough coverage in place so as not to risk losing everything should something happen while travelling abroad without proper protection under such circumstances; otherwise, skip this step since most airlines require proof of travel insurance before allowing passengers onto their planes anyway!

Lesotho Visa Application Process

The application process for the Lesotho visa is straightforward.

You will need to complete an online form, pay a fee and submit your application. After that, you will be given an interview date by the embassy or consulate where you live.

Once at this meeting, you’ll have to provide proof of your identity and documentation about travel plans to convince them that it’s safe for them to issue their visa (this can be done through information from tourist sites).

Afterwards, all applicants are required by law:

  • To return home with their new passport!

After the Interview

After the interview, you will be given a letter confirming that your visa has been issued.

Your passport will be stamped with a non-immigrant visa, which means it’s valid for 90 days and can be extended for another 90 days at most ports of entry in Lesotho.

You’ll also get a sticker in your passport (or an electronic version) that shows where you need to go on your way out of Lesotho.

This is important because once you leave the country, all border crossings must first check these stickers before they let anyone enter or exit; if there aren’t any stickers on your passport, when asked by border officials or immigration officers at airports around the world, then those people won’t let them pass through security checkpoints either!

You can get a Lesotho visa.

You can get a Lesotho visa. Applying for a Lesotho visa is pretty straightforward, but you must know some important things before applying.

First, you’ll need to ensure that your passport is valid and that no other countries are on the travel ban list.

If either of those things is true, it’s time for the next step: applying in person at a Consular Agency Office (CAO).

You’ll receive an appointment letter from CAOs once they’ve received all your materials and decided whether they want to grant your application.

This letter will tell you when and where exactly this happens; however, keep in mind that there might be delays due to the high demand during peak seasons such as holidays or weekends—so plan!

The Last Word

This guide has given you a better idea of what to expect when applying for your Lesotho visa.

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