COVID-19: National lockdown implemented

16 Apr 20

LESOTHO

IMPACT – HIGH

Lesotho has implemented several measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Inbound and outbound travel are suspended. There are exceptions for emergency medical providers, providers of specialized consultancy services invited by the Government and the transporting of goods.
  • Individuals from countries affected by COVID-19 or who have been in contact with someone who has it are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine with careful observation. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined.
  • Government offices that provide non-essential services are closed and all permit applications (including work and residence permits) are on hold until the COVID-19 situation is over.

Analysis & Comments: The travel and quarantine measures and government office closures will impact the movement of people into and out of Lesotho. Depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds, there could be additional measures announced in the coming weeks. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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