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Capital: Maseru

Time Zone: +2 hours. No daylight savings time in 2008.
Tel. Country Code: 266
USADirect Tel.: 0
Electrical Standards: Electrical current is 220/50 (volts/hz). European Style Adaptor Plug. Grounding Adaptor Plugs D, H.

World Health Organization
Travel Health Services
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Travel Warnings
Consular Information
Foreign Commonweatlh Office


U.S. Embassy, Maseru; Tel. 312-666/7
Canadian Embassy (South Africa); Tel. [27] 287-062.

Entry Requirements

• Passport/Visa: Travelers should possess valid passport. Visa not required.

• HIV Test: Not required.

• Vaccinations: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers older than 1 year arriving from infected areas.

Destination Health Info for Travelers

Hepatitis: All susceptible travelers should receive immune globulin prophylaxis or hepatitis A vaccine. The hepatitis B carrier rate in the general population is estimated at 8%. Vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for healthcare workers and all long-term
visitors to this country.

Malaria: Transmission of malaria reportedly does not occur in Lesotho. Risk areas in surrounding South Africa are north of this region.

Other Diseases/Hazards: AIDS (low incidence; HIV prevalence estimated at less than 1%), African tick typhus (contracted from dog ticks—often in urban areas—and from bush ticks), brucellosis, tuberculosis (a major health problem), typhoid fever, and intestinal worms (uncommon).

Schistosomiasis: No infected areas are reported in Lesotho. Both urinary and intestinal schistosomiasis, however, occur in eastern and northern regions of neighboring Natal Province of South Africa.

Travelers' Diarrhea: Travelers should observe all food and drink safety precautions. A quinolone antibiotic (Cipro or Floxin) is recommended for the treatment of acute diarrhea. Diarrhea not responding to treatment with an antibiotic, or chronic diarrhea, may be due to a parasitic disease such as giardiasis or amebiasis, and treatment with metronidazole (Flagyl) or tinidazole (Fasigyn) should be considered. All cases of diarrhea should be treated with adequate fluid replacement.