Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Kingdom of Lesotho
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in the capital city of Maseru. Bulgarian citizens residing for a short- or long-term in Lesotho may address consular issues to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, the Republic of South Africa.
Embassy of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Church street, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20; +27 12342 79 41
Mobile number: +27 79 893 7336 for emergency and pressing issues on out-of-office hours, weekends and public holidays.
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Lesotho’s Embassy in Rome is accredited for Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Rome
Address: Via Serchio 8, Rome 00198, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 854 2496; +39 06 854 2419
Fax: +39 06 854 2527
E-mail: [email protected]
If medical care is needed, it is recommended to seek help in missionary hospitals only. A number of contagious diseases are widely spread, including AIDS. Mosquitoes are the common disease carriers.
It is advisable to carry US dollars or Euro, cheques or credit cards.
Crime and security
Travellers are advised to take particular caution regarding their security. Night travels must be avoided. It is recommended to carry a copy of an identity document and a small amount of cash.
In large Lesotho cities and tourist centres the crime rate is high, robberies being at a considerable level.
Homosexuality is prohibited in Lesotho and hence, it is a subject to criminal persecution.
Nudism is prohibited.
An unlimited amount of foreign currency may be brought in Lesotho upon entry. No duty charges apply to goods for personal use.
No restrictions as to goods and cash apply upon exiting the country.
Attention: left-hand traffic!
If you travel by car, at the Lesotho point of entry you need to present valid car insurance.
Particular caution should be taken with car travels at dark.
It is advisable to hire a taxi from hotels or airports.
Travel papers and visas
An international passport valid for at least 3 months as of the date of entry is required to enter Lesotho.
No special vaccinations are required.
Recent update on vaccinations required for Lesotho is available at the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, telephone: +359 2 944 69 99/221.
Bulgarian citizens (holding regular, business and diplomatic passports) travelling to Lesotho are required to have a visa which may be obtained at the Lesotho Embassy in Rome.
High altitude - over 1000 m. Intake of large quantity of liquids as well as low fat food is advisable. Avoid use of liquors.
Be careful using fruits and vegetables.
Drink and use only pre-boiled water.
Travelling with children
There are no particular requirements about children’s travel. However, it is advisable to have separate passports for the children.
Certifications and legalisations
Lesotho is a signatory to the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation of foreign public documents.
All documents issued to Bulgarian citizens by Lesotho authorities must bear an “Apostille” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho in order to hold validity in Bulgaria.
Such documents need to be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation certified by the Certifications and Legalisations Dept. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In emergency cases, upon damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens may apply to a Maseru-based EU member-state embassy for having an Emergency Travel Document issued.