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Visitors must have a valid passport. Visas are required, except for citizens of countries which have visa abolition agreements with Lesotho and citizens of some commonwealth countries. Please click and refer to “Visa Requirements”.
The applicant is required to fill an application form and submit it with the necessary documents to:


Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho
U&M Akasaka Bldg. 3F, 7-5-47 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel: +81-3-3584-7455
Fax: +81-3-3584-7456
VISA REQUIREMENTS (PDF)
APPLICATION FOR VISA (PDF)

Business VISA

  • The passport must be at least six months (6) months validity
  • Visa Application Form (2 copies) must fully completed and signed
  • Two (2) passport type photographs
  • Copy of a return airline ticket or itinerary
  • With the submission of application forms and passport either one of the following fees apply; JPY10, 000 single entry or JPY20, 000 Multiple entry (non-refundable)
  • For employment, a letter of employment from Lesotho and a copy of work permit
  • Visa will take five (5) working days to process
  • The hours for VISA consultations and processing are from 9:30am to 11:30 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday.

Tourist VISA

  • The passport must be at least six (6) months remaining validity
  • Visa Application Form (2 copies) must be fully completed and signed
  • Two (2) passport type photographs
  • Copy of a return airline ticket or itinerary
  • With the submission of application forms and passport either one of the following fees apply; JPY10, 000 single entry or JPY20, 000 Multiple entry (non-refundable)
  • Visa will take five (5) working days to process
  • Proof of sufficient funds for support and a copy of a recent bank statement or letter of guarantee from employer
  • The hours for VISA consultations and processing are from 9:30am to 11:30 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday.
  • Countries that do not require Visas to enter the Kingdom of Lesotho are Commonwealth Member Countries

Official VISA

  • Invitation or deputation letter
  • Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports enter into Lesotho without being charged VISA fees (Gratis)
  • Visa Application Form (2 copies) must be fully completed and signed
  • Two (2) passport type photographs
  • Copy of a return airline ticket or itinerary
  • Visa will take five (5) days to process
  • The hours for VISA consultations and processing are from 9:00am to 11:30 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm only on Monday to Friday.

Student VISA

  • Admission or acceptance letter from the school/college/university in Lesotho
  • Visa Application Form (2 copies) must be fully completed and signed
  • Two (2) passport type photographs
  • Copy of a return airline ticket or itinerary
  • Visa will take five (5) days to process
  • With the submission of application forms and passport either one of the following fees apply; JPY10, 000 single entry or JPY 20,000 Multiple entry (non-refundable)
  • The hours for VISA consultations and processing are from 9:30am to 11:30 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday.

Application for a new passport for citizens of Lesotho

  • Passport application forms must be filled only at the Lesotho Embassy
  • (Clearly showing applicant's full name and contact details in Japan etc. Applicant's Lesotho background (birth, residential details inclusive of Headman); Applicant's status in Japan etc (i.e. student, permanent resident etc.) and providing certified proof
  • Two (2) recent passport size photographs
  • Passport fee M100
  • Reason for Passport application:
  • Providing certified copies of information pages of old passport in the case of a renewal,
  • Providing a certified copy of police report in the case of a lost/ missing passport.

Emergency Travel Document

  • Emergency Travel Document is issued in a case of a lost passport
  • A police report must accompany the application for the lost passport

Renewal of Driving Licences

Different countries have different rules about conversion of driving licenses. Please find out the requirements before leaving Maseru on how to go about the conversion of a license which should be valid
Please convert your valid license immediately when you settle in to the new country. Lesotho drivers license maybe used in some of the commonwealth countries but only for a short period. To avoid verification issues and other hassles, please convert the licenses at your earliest convenient date
For renewal of Lesotho License, Please apply at least three month before the expiry date but the Embassy strongly advises you to apply by yourself to the Ministry of Works and Transport

Police Clearance Certificate

In order for one to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate in Lesotho the individual has to be fingerprinted on official finger form at a Police Station in the domicile country. The fingerprint forms should be sent to:

C.I.S Secretary
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 13
Maseru 100
Lesotho

This form should be accompanied by a copy of a valid passport. A service charge of thirty Maloti (30.00) should be paid and the mail should be registered.

Relocating / Imigrating Basotho

Are you a Mosotho emigrating to Japan, Philippines or South Korea or a returning resident of the above mentioned counties?
There are always a number of important documents that you have to take with you to start a new life in a different country. There may be a few however that may not have made your checklist. Here are a few pieces of documentation we recommend you bring with you from Lesotho:

  1. A Police Clearance Letter. This letter may be required for insurance purposes as well as for applications into certain jobs in a different country.
  2. Driving Record from your Lesotho Insurance Company. This will be necessary when applying for vehicle insurance. Remember that no driving record may mean higher premiums, even if your licence indicates that you have been driving for a long time.
  3. Drivers Licence Authentication letter. It would be advised to obtain this letter from the Transport Department either at district traffic centres or at the Ministry of Transport, Assissi Road, Maseru. The letter should clearly indicate the following:
    • The Bearer's Full Names
    • The Bearer's Passport Number
    • The Drivers Licence number
    • The Licence Issue and Expiry dates
    • The CLASS/ CODE of the licence (and brief description of the code)
  4. Certified copies of Birth Certificates of children born in Lesotho. Parents are issued with an original certificate and a certified copy, however, it would be recommended for parents to make additional copies and have them certified prior to leaving Lesotho.
  5. Apostiles: if your documents need an apostile, please have the original and a set of copies to be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations for assistant.
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