The official currency is the Loti (LSL) or plural Maloti, which is divided into 100 lisente. It has the same value as the South African Rand, and rands are accepted as legal currency. Banks and exchange bureaus are found in Maseru and in most main towns. Most major hotels, shops, restaurants and travel agencies accept credit cards; though it is best to check with credit and debit card companies as to their acceptance before leaving home. Travellers cheques can be cashed at banks in Maseru. Local ATMs in Lesotho have the facility to accept international ATM cards but are unreliable.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Lesotho||LSL 1||LSL 5||LSL 10||LSL 100||LSL 1,000|
|Australia||AUD 0.09||AUD 0.44||AUD 0.88||AUD 8.77||AUD 87.68|
|Canada||CAD 0.09||CAD 0.43||CAD 0.87||CAD 8.68||CAD 86.82|
|Ireland||EUR 0.06||EUR 0.30||EUR 0.59||EUR 5.93||EUR 59.28|
|New Zealand||NZD 0.10||NZD 0.48||NZD 0.96||NZD 9.60||NZD 96.00|
|South Africa||ZAR 1.00||ZAR 5.00||ZAR 10.00||ZAR 100.00||ZAR 1,000.01|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.05||GBP 0.23||GBP 0.46||GBP 4.58||GBP 45.84|
|United States of America||USD 0.07||USD 0.33||USD 0.65||USD 6.51||USD 65.11|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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