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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho has recently introduced the e-Visa for citizens of over 100 countries. This e-Visa allows travelers to enter the country for tourist or business purposes and it enables them to stay in the Kingdom of Lesotho for up to 30 days Per Entry. The Lesotho e-Visa application process is very simple and 100% online. Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that must be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. Yes, it’s that simple.

The e-Visa system is an online method of applying for visas from anywhere in the world. Some advantages of this system to the traveler are that visas can be applied for quickly over the internet at any time, from any location and that payment is made online at the time of the application.

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The Lesotho e-Visa is an official document that allows visitors entry into and travel within the Kingdom of Lesotho. There is no need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy or Consular Office.

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination

  • Airline Confirmation

  • Proof of Accommodation

  • Applicant Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)

  • Legal Guardian 2 Passport Page Scan (if applicable)

  • Legal Guardian 1 Passport Page Scan (if applicable)

  • Minor Consent Letter (if applicable)

  • Invitation Letter (if applicable)

The Lesotho e-Visa has a cost of USD 150.00.

Additionally, there is a service fee of:

  • Standard Processing: USD 50.00

  • Rush Processing: USD 85.00

  • Super Rush Processing: USD 115.00

It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing: 11 days

  • Rush Processing: 9 days

  • Super Rush Processing: 7 days

The Lesotho e-Visa is a Single Entry visa and has a validity of 90 days after arrival. Its expiration date will be specified in your e-Visa once it’s issued.

Although your entry to the Kingdom of Lesotho can be at any time of the 90 days of validity, your total stay can not exceed 30 days Per Entry.

Your travel document has to be valid for at least 6 months after your e-visa expires. Also, your passport should have at least two blank pages.

The Lesotho e-Visa allows holders just one Single Entry.

The traveler must apply for this visa at least 7 days before the trip to Lesotho.

NO. Possession of an electronic visa for Lesotho does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he is considers that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in the Kingdom of Lesotho would be contrary to national interests or security.

Upon arrival in Lesotho, you need to present your passport along with your airline tickets, proof yellow fever vaccination and the Lesotho e-Visa, which must be printed.

You will be required to reapply for an emergency visa at the border or airport.

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

More information in the following link:

https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf

Nationals of the following countries exempt of the Lesotho e-Visa:

  • To stay up to 90 days: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brunei, Dominica, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Tanzania, Tonga.

  • To stay up to 14 days: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Spain

  • Unspecified duration of visit: Austria, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, United Kingdom, USA, Zimbabwe

Lesotho is a small country in Southern Africa. It is entirely surrounded by South Africa, and one of the most interesting facts about it is that it is the only country in the world that is situated 1000 meters above sea level. If you are trying to find a vacation destination that satisfies your need for adventure, then Lesotho is the country for you. However, before you pack your bags, there are a few things that you should know about Lesotho. After all, you cannot plan your trip without having some information that will help you get around.

First of all, we will cover the entry requirements. After all, a visa may be in order. But you will be pleased to find out that Lesotho’s visa policy is pretty lenient. For one, there are 71 countries whose citizens can enter Lesotho without a visa. Now, the permitted period of stay depends on your nationality. Some nationalities are granted a 90-day stay in Lesotho, while others can stay for no more than 14 days. If you happen to be in this category of travelers, all you need to travel to Lesotho is a valid passport that remains valid for at least another 6 months from your date of arrival.

The leniency of Lesotho’s visa policy goes even further. All nationalities that are not exempt from getting a visa can obtain a Lesotho eVisa. The electronic visa system was adopted in May 2017. So, even if you are not visa exempt, you can easily apply for a visa online. iVisa can provide assistance in that department. As you can imagine, you will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining from your date of arrival. You are also required to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other necessary documents are proof of accommodation, digital photo, and an airline confirmation.

Now that we covered the entry requirements in Lesotho, we will move on to tourism. As mentioned above, Lesotho is a great destination if what you are seeking is adventure. The best time to travel there is May through September. That way, you avoid the rainy season. Nevertheless, keep in mind that Lesotho has 300 days of sunshine, so even if you travel there during the wet season, you may still get lovely weather. Rain does fall, but mostly in storms, and they are not as common as you would think.

One of the things you have to try while in Lesotho is Pony-Trekking. You can do that in Malealea, Semonkong, or at the Basotho Pony-Trekking center. It is of no importance if you are a beginner rider or an experienced one. Just book a tour, and you will have a great time. This is an excellent opportunity to explore Lesotho’s countryside, and see places that you will not be able to see if you are going around in a car. Plus, the Basotho Pony is very strong. It can ride for miles to far-off villages, but people use them to climb up mountains as well.

You also have the option to go hiking in the Highlands. You will most likely need a guide, but they are easy to find and hire. They will take you to an isolated village, and you have to find your way out. But the experience itself is extraordinary. You can spend the night in a remote village. If you are an experienced hiker, you do not need a guide. Just buy a map and enjoy this experience by yourself. Other fun activities include skiing on the slopes of Oxbow during the winter, or you can go trekking and climbing the Maluti/Drakensberg mountains. You can contact GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures to book your experience. The climbs are not the easiest, so if you have never done it before, you should postpone this activity until you are more prepared for it.

If you are looking for something interesting to see, we would recommend the Kome Caves. You will find them an hour-drive from Maseru, which is in the Berea district. The cave houses were built by Basotho people and used as a hiding place from cannibals. They are quite impressive. The Semonkong Falls is also something you may be interested in seeing. Although there is not much you can do there during the winter because the pond below freezes over. However, in the summer, you can admire the 200-meter drop and even swim in the pond below.

Believe it or not, Lesotho is a place where dinosaurs used to roam. You can find some very well-preserved footprints near Moyeni and Morija. Another attraction you can check out is the Katse Dam, which is 185 meters high. It is located in a narrow valley, which comes with impressive sights. You are given the opportunity to capture some of the most amazing pictures there.

The official languages in Lesotho are Sesotho and English. Some people speak Afrikaans as well. However, that is mostly in urban areas. The farther you go from the cities, the more people speak exclusively Sesotho. We recommend that you learn a few basic words in Sesotho. The locals always appreciate a foreigner who tries to speak the same language, and you will be respected for it.

The food in Lesotho is not out of the ordinary. You can find plenty of western food at restaurants in the cities. However, if you want to try out the local cuisine, you can make friends with the locals, and they will cook something for you. The most common dish is called harajja with Golumbi paste. It is spicy, but not mouth-burning spicy. If you like it, you should show your appreciation. It is considered a high praise to compliment someone’s food, especially if you smack your lips.

As far as safety is concerned, Lesotho is definitely safer than its surrounding neighbor, South Africa. You should avoid walking alone at night in Maseru, though. If you have any problems, your best bet is to contact the UK government travel advisory. You should not give money to people who approach you in the street. They may seem friendly, but at some point, you will be asked to provide them with cash. You should not do so. And lastly, at night, people often drive through red lights. The police do not care very much, and it can also be a precaution against carjacking.

The bottom line is that Lesotho makes an excellent vacation destination. There are plenty of sights to see and a lot of new adventures you can embark on. As long as you do your homework, you should be able to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

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An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within a certain country. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at the ports of entry or visiting an embassy/consulate to obtain traditional paper visas. e-Visas are linked electronically to the traveler's passport.

Our service starts with information. You can use our up-to-date visa requirements tool to search if you need a travel visa. It's as simple as telling us where you are from and where you are going. Based on this information we will tell you how much the visa costs, the number of entries, the start date and give you an action step such as applying directly on our site!

The best place to find this information is our visa requirement tool. Each country has different entry rules and visa fees. If you are in a rush you can also apply online and the form will give you this information as well.

It depends on the country issuing the visa. For many countries such as Australia ETA and Turkey e-Visa, the process can be done in 15 minutes through our rush service. For other countries such as the India tourist Visa, the process usually takes 24 hours. The exact time can be found on each application form. What we guarantee is that your application with iVisa will be the fastest way to apply anywhere.

The documents must be printed on a sheet of blank A4 white paper. Double-side or reduced printing will not be accepted.

We help you get your travel visa in the simplest and fastest way possible. Through easy-to-use online application forms and world-class 24/7 customer service, we make the whole visa process quick and simple! We also use best practices when it comes to protecting your data and credit card.

iVisa offers two types of Visa: Electronic visas (e-Visas) and traditional paper visas, based on your destination. In addition, we also offer the following services/documents that are required by certain countries: ETA (electronic travel authorization), Tourist Cards, Visa on Arrival pre-registration/approval form, Tourist Invitation Letters, and Embassy Registration service.

  1. Select the country to which you are requesting the visa
  2. Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
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  4. Fill in the application form
  5. Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
  6. Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
  7. Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

Please note most countries offer the ability to process a travel visa without a service fee. The main reason we process thousands of travel visas per month is we save you time and frustration. Our service includes an easy to use website and application form. It is much easier to process your application with us especially for mobile users and large groups. We send all of our clients the visa days before travel. This is especially helpful for those passengers who purchase the visa months in advance. We also have a 24-hour customer service with professionals that are based in the United States and speak English. We accept multi-currencies and our website can be translated into over 20 languages. We believe our fee is worth your time and sanity but please note all governments do have their own "free" service.

If you have already applied on our site, please log in to your account and look for your order/application. An account is generated for you automatically after payment is received. Click the link in your confirmation email to set up a password or visit the log in page to set up the password and enter the account. Please note in most cases your visa will be delivered to you via email and can be found in your account after logging in.

If your visa application is not approved by the government agency, we will provide a full refund of all service fees under our approval guarantee. We cannot refund the visa fee (if applicable) since this is a third party fee that is paid directly to the government agency. If a mistake is made on your application, we will process your visa again at no cost. Please note refunds are credited back to the same credit card used.

If we have not processed your visa, we can make changes without a problem. We do check your information for mistakes as well. If you have already processed your visa, If we have submitted your application to the appropriate government agencies, some will allow to make changes, while others do not. Please contact us immediately (preferably through chat) if you notice an error on your application.

Some countries may require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You can see more info here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list It's the passenger´s own responsibility to verify these regulations before traveling to the chosen country.

In order to download your invoice, please log in to your account and download it directly from there.

You may reprint the e-Visa in your email account. Alternatively, you may retrieve and reprint the e-Visa by using your iVisa account.

Yes. The iVisa system does not retain your credit card information after the transaction is processed.

All visas grant travelers the permission to travel to a country's port of entry. Whether you are granted entry or not will be at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

If your visa application has not been submitted for processing you will receive a full refund. However, if your application has been submitted, then we will not be able to provide a refund.

When the visa has to be shipped to you, the processing times do not include this shipping time. It is from when we receive your application to obtaining the approval. Most visas (e-Visas) are sent via email upon approval so shipping times will not apply.

No, we are not affiliated with any government agencies. We are a private company that specializes in processing travel visas for travelers worldwide.

Unfortunately, we are not able to, since the government agencies do not inform us of the reason(s) behind the decisions.

If your visa is not approved, we advise that you contact the nearest embassy/consulate for more information on what your options are.

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.

All citizens from these territories applying through our website will have their application processed with the nationality/citizenship specified in their passport. As an example, a traveler from Puerto Rico will have their request processed as USA nationality. This does not apply to the travelers under the BOTC (British Overseas Territories Citizen) category according to the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002.

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