Can I use my credit card in St Helena?
Please note that the option of using credit and debit cards on St Helena is limited. Cash is the best form of making payments locally.
There are currently no ATM cash machines on St Helena. A limited number of shops and businesses accept visa/ mastercard for payment (a commission is usually charged).
Can I rent a Car?
It is HIGHLY recommended that you book in advance as it can be difficult to book a car once on the island because of the great demand, not only from visitors but returning St Helenians as well.
Car hire costs from GBP12.00 – GBP20.00 per day. (Delivery & collection fees may be charged). This rate includes insurance however, any minor damages e.g. broken headlight, wing-mirror, etc, will have to be paid for by the client. Before driving – show your licence at the police station in Jamestown where they record details of your driver’s licence.
What clothing should I take with me?
Casual informal clothing is appropriate, however it is advisable to bring a jersey, light-weight rain jacket and good walking shoes if you are contemplating doing any of our interesting walks. Semi-formal clothing is also suggested for some evenings.
What form of communication is there?
Sure (SA) is the telecommunications provider for St Helena, offering services such as international direct dialling, internet & email facilities, information service, facsimile, television, flexible access, national and international telephone.
What currency is used?
The St Helena Pound is used on the island which is fixed at parity with the British Pound Sterling, which is accepted on the island.
Is St Helena Duty Free?
St Helena is not a duty-free port.
Duty Free Allowance
Visitors arriving in St Helena may bring with them the following:
1.Spirits, strong liqueurs over 22% volume, 1 litre and wine x 2 litres, or 12 x 340ml bottles/cans of beer/lager
2.Perfumed spirits & toilet water not exceeding 250 ml
3.Cigarettes not exceeding 200, or
4.Other tobacco goods not exceeding in all 250 grams
Persons under the age of 18 years cann ot claim the duty free allowance of alcoholic liquors and persons under the age of 16 years cannot claim the duty free allowance of cigarettes and other tobacco goods.
On which side of the road must I drive?
Most roads are single lane. Etiquette requires the driver coming down to make way for up-coming traffic. Drive on the left-hand side of the road. The drink drive laws are strictly applied with a limit of 50µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The safest course is not to drink and drive.
Speed Limits: Unless otherwise stated, normal speed limits are 30mph. Road signs are shown in miles per hour and not kilometres per hour. In Jamestown the speed limit is 20mph.
Can I eat Out?
There is a variety of St Helena local dishes for the visitors to enjoy such as fishcakes, black puddings, pilau, coconut fingers, pumpkin pudding and pumpkin fritters. For more information visit the Tourist Office. Visitors are advised to make eating reservations in advance for evening meals.
What is the Electricity Supply like?
The electricity supply on St Helena is 240V, 50Hz. The standard electrical socket is the 13-amp flat pin as used in the United Kingdom.
Who do I call in an emergency?
In case of emergency, dial 911 for Ambulance and 999 for Police, Fire or Sea Rescue.
What are the entry requirements?
All visitors must have valid passports. Return tickets and pre-booked accommodation.
A fee of £12.00 is payable for all visitors over twelve years disembarking at St Helena. Remember to have proof of your medical insurance with you.
Do I need insurance?
Before leaving home you should arrange travel, personal accident, additional medical insurance and baggage insurance to cover the journey. You will be asked to produce proof of medical insurance by the immigration officer if you intend to stay longer than 48 hours. Please remember to have it with your passport.
What language is spoken?
English is the only language spoken on St Helena, although most St Helenians speak their own dialect of the English language.
Where Is St Helena?
St Helena is situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, 5° 43′ west and 15° 56′ south, 1,200 miles (1,950km) from the south-west coast of Africa, and 1,800 miles (2,900km) from the coast of South America. The nearest land is Ascension Island, which lies 703 miles (1,125km) to the north-west. The island is 47 square miles (122 square km), ten and a half miles (17km) long and six and a half miles (10km) wide.