Customs regulations for your trip to Lesotho

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Customs regulations

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Inventory
  • Purchase invoice / letter of value
  • Work permit / residence permit
  • C/E 1 form
  • C/E 3 form (diplomats)

 Specific Information

  • Owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • All documents must be received by the agent prior to Customs clearance.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free if owned and used for more than 12 months.
  • All shipments are subject to Customs inspection.
  • Goods without serial numbers must be declared at Customs for approval before entry.

Homosexuality is illegal

Free import of:

  • 200 cigarettes and 20 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco;
  • 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of alcoholic beverages (irrespective of age). No liquor may be imported by nationals of South Africa;
  • 250 milliliters of eau de toilette and 50 milliliters of perfume;
  • other gift articles up to a value of LSL 5,000.-.

Additional Information on regulations:

  • Passenger must declare all goods above LSL 5,000.- in value by means of a form SAD500. On the day of departure the SAD500 form has to be endorsed by the Customs Officer on duty at International Departures. All valuable goods without serial numbers must be declared by means of a NEP-form, which can be obtained, completed and stamped at any commercial bank. On the day of departure, the NEP-form has to be endorsed by the Customs Officer on duty at International Departures.
  • If goods are re-imported passenger must show the SAD500 or NEP-form that was issued on departure.

Dutiable Items

  • Livestock, seeds, bulbs, plants and trees may not be imported without payment of Customs and Sales Duty and are subject to quarantine restrictions.
  • Goods with serial numbers must be declared at the customs department before being granted admission into the country.
  • All cats and dogs being imported into the country will require a veterinarian health certificate alongside a rabies vaccination certificate issued by the country of origin before being granted entry.

The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:

  • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
  • Wine (2 L), other types of alcohol (1 L) – returning nationals cannot import alcohol
  • Perfume (50 ml)
  • Toiletries (250 ml)
  • Animals and pets (authorization is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Weapons, explosives, and ammunition
  • Pornography
  • Dairy and meat products
  • Blasphemous materials
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons, Explosives and ammunition
  • Dangerous weapons
  • Plant and Plant products – unless permission has been obtained
  • Pets and animals – unless permission has been obtained
  • Dairy and meat products
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Gambling machines
  • Pornographic or blasphemous material

Miscellaneous (Pets, Motors, and others.)

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Letter of value
  • Original registration forms
  • C/E 1 form
  • Invoice from the supplier (new vehicles)
  • Import permit (from the Department of Trade and Industry)

 Specific Information

  • Left-hand drive vehicles cannot be imported.
  • New and used vehicles may be imported.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Documents required must be issued by the country of origin.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import is prohibited.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
Import permits can be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Pets:

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinarian good health and rabies inoculation certificates issued at point of origin.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Lesotho.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Lesotho.

Currency

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Lesotho Loti-LSL) and foreign currencies: no restrictions.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Lesotho Loti-LSL) and foreign currencies: no restrictions.

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