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Last update 09 July 2024Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)

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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

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We call on Bulgarian citizens to refrain from travelling!

Kingdom of Lesotho

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital Maseru. Bulgarian citizens residing in Lesotho on a short or long-term basis may address consular matters to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria

Address: 1071 Stanza Bopape, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20; +27 12342 79 41
Mobile: +27 79 893 7336 - hotline for emergencies and urgent cases during out-of-hours, holidays and weekends.
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Working hours: Mon - Fri, 09:00 – 12:00
E-mail: [email protected] , [email protected] 
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/southafrica

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Rome is accredited to 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, +266 8001 0100
Fax: +39 06 854 2527
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

General information

Security level:

Travelers are advised to pay special attention to their safety. Avoid traveling at night. Crime in the capital Maseru is estimated to be 5 times higher than in other cities and regions of the country. It is recommended to carry a copy of an identity document and a small amount of money. There is a high level of criminal crime and theft in major cities and tourist centers.

Healthcare:

If necessary, it is recommended to use the services of missionary hospitals only. A number of infectious diseases, including AIDS, are widespread. Mosquitoes carry various diseases.
No special immunizations are required. For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country. Yellow fever vaccine is administered at the following regional health inspectorates: Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate; Varna RHI; Burgas RHI; Pleven RHI; Plovdiv RHI; Blagoevgrad RHI and Ruse RHI.

Specifics of the local legislation:

In Lesotho, homosexuality is prohibited and prosecuted by law. Nudism is also prohibited.

Customs requirements:

You can import an unlimited amount of foreign currency into Lesotho. You can import goods for personal use duty-free.
There are no restrictions on exports from the country.

Road traffic:

Attention: left line movement! If you are travelling by car, you must present valid insurance at the border when entering Lesotho. Take particular care when travelling by car in the dark. It is advisable to hire taxis from hotels or airports.

Practical advice:

High altitude - over 1000 m. It is necessary to take in more fluids and low-fat foods as well as to avoid the use of alcohol.
Be careful when using fruits and vegetables. Water should be drunk and consumed only after boiling.

Travelling of children:

There are no specific requirements, but it is advisable for children to travel with separate passports.

Local currency:

Lesotho Loti (LSL). Carrying US dollars or euro, cheques or credit cards is recommended.

Travel papers and visas

You must enter the country with an international passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Lesotho. Bulgarian citizens travelling to the Lesotho (holders of regular, official and diplomatic passports) need a visa which they can obtain at the Embassy of Lesotho in Rome.

Competitive service

European Emergency Travel Document:

In extreme situations - in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Maseru.

Certifications and legalizations:

Lesotho is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and to be able to serve before the Bulgarian institutions all documents issued by the authorities in Lesotho to Bulgarian citizens should be endorsed with the Apostille of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho.

Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

 

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