Lesotho – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update : April 16th, 2020

Travel ban, quarantine implemented

What is the change?

The Lesotho government has implemented several measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points

  • Inbound and outbound travel have both been banned since March 18. There are exceptions for emergency medical providers, providers of specialized consultancy services invited by the Government and the transporting of goods.
  • Individuals from countries affected by COVID-19 or who have been in contact with someone who has it are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine with careful observation. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined. There is a Minister of Health designated quarantine area at Ha Rapokolana sports facility.
  • Government offices that provide non-essential services are closed and all permit applications (including work and residence permits) are on hold, until the COVID-19 situation is over.

The travel and quarantine measures and government office closures will impact the movement of people into and out of Lesotho. Depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds, there could be additional measures announced in the coming weeks. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly.

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