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St Helena Travel Information

The Basics


Local time is GMT.


Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are the standard rectangular three-pin variety used in the UK.


English is the official language.

Travel Health

The island has a good standard of medical care, with a small but well-equipped general hospital in Jamestown. But costs can be high so visitors' travel insurance should cover medical evacuation for serious conditions. To call an ambulance in St Helena travellers should dial 911.

Local Customs

Most roads are single lane and often quite steep, with driving etiquette requiring traffic coming down to make way for those going up. Drinking alcohol in the streets in Jamestown is not allowed, so visitors should only drink alcohol in licensed establishments.

Duty Free

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

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