Lesotho Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 3
malaria no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 2
yellow fever 1


The supply of medicines is insufficient. A well-stocked first-aid kit should be available and prescription medication should be brought with you. There is good medical care in Bloemfontein/South Africa (approx. 130km west of Maseru). Taking out travel health/repatriation insurance is strongly recommended. Note: Lesotho can only be reached via South Africa, so the South African health regulations must also be observed. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers (including transit passengers in Lesotho) who want to enter within 6 days of staying in the infection areas designated by the WHO and who are over one year old. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas. [2] Proof of cholera vaccination is required from travelers coming from cholera-infected areas. [3] Tap water is chlorinated in urban areas and relatively clean, but you may experience a mild stomach upset. Water outside the cities is not necessarily sanitized and should be sterilized or bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized and safe to consume. Locally sourced dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, fruits, and vegetables are also usually safe.

Other risks

Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.



1 Loti = 100 Lisente. Currency code: M, LSL (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 Maloti; Coins in denominations of 5 and 2 Maloti, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Lisente (the 2 Lisente and 1 Sente coins are no longer in circulation). The plural of »Loti« is »Maloti«, the plural of »Sente« is »Lisente«. The South African rand is equivalent to the loti and is accepted as a means of payment; However, coins are not always accepted.

Credit cards

Credit cards such as Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in hotels, in larger shops and by car rental companies, but only in cities. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With a credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs, mainly in Maseru. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used in the capital at a few ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are not accepted in Lesotho.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.30-15.30 and Sat 08.30-11.30.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions.

Currency Exchange

In-country exchange of Euros and US$ is recommended. Changing money in banks can sometimes be very time-consuming. If you continue your journey to neighboring countries, you can get the Rand as change, as it is also accepted as a means of payment in neighboring countries.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
LSL 1 EUR = 14.71
1 CHF = 17.56
1 USD = 14.14

Lesotho Money