St Helena Travel Information

The Basics


Local time is GMT.


Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are the standard flat pin variety as used in the UK.


English is the official language.

Travel Health

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from passengers arriving from an infected country. The island has a good standard of medical care, but costs can be high and travellers should be covered for medical evacuation for serious conditions. Travellers should bear in mind that there is no airport on the island and the only means of accessing the island is via the Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena. Jamestown has a well-equipped hospital, but there is no National Health Service, so even British passport holders will be required to pay for medical aid, at reduced rates.


A tip of about 10% is standard, but tipping is very much the individual's choice according to standard.

Safety Information

The level of crime is very low on the island. Visitors should be aware that the only access is by the Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena, which anchors offshore meaning that passengers must be ferried to shore by smaller boats; this can be hazardous in stormy weather.

Local Customs

Most roads are single lane, and driving etiquette requires traffic coming down to make way for up-coming traffic.


Business would be conducted much the same as in the UK. Business hours are usually weekdays from 8.30am to 4pm.


The international dialling code for St Helena is +290. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). There are no city codes. Internet and email facilities are available, and international direct dialling is possible. Phone cards can be bought from the Cable and Wireless office in Jamestown and there are public phones around.

Duty Free

Passengers over 18 years may bring two litres of wine, 12 cans of beer or one litre of spirits; 200 cigarettes; or 250ml of perfume onto the island without paying duty.

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