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General Travel Information

General Travel Information

Getting Here

Getting to St Helena is “traveling” in the true sense of the word.  Some planning is required, and we have given some helpful information below about some of the key information of which you should be aware of.


Click here for all relevant documentation and contact details you need to receive the necessary visas and permits when you want to visit the island.  If travelling with children via South Africa, please click the following immigration leaflet for more information.


Before leaving home you should arrange the following to cover your journey: Travel, personal accident and medical insurance (for at least £175,000) as well as, baggage insurance.  You may 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.

Immigration Landing Fee

A fee of £20.00 is payable for all visitors disembarking at St Helena: persons under the age of 12 are exempted from this fee. CASH ONLY – in British Sterling, Saint Helenian Pounds, US Dollars ($28.00), Euros (€25.00) and South African Rand (R400) – will be accepted for short term entry permit.

The above £20.00 equivalents are subject to change as per the rate of exchange on the day of arrival.


Visa requirement

You might have to apply for a Visa to visit St Helena. For information on visa requirements, please click here.

To apply for a visa, please click here to visit the E-Visa application website.

Entry Permit

Visitors envisaging a stay of over three months should apply for an entry permit, which can be issued for a period of up to five years.   Applications for an entry permit should be submitted to the Secretary of the Immigration Control Board, and if granted, visitors will be required to pay a fee of £30.00 per annum.  For further information, please contact the Secretary of The Immigration Control Board:   Tel. + 290 22626 or Email:


St Helena is not a duty-free port and visitors arriving at St Helena may bring with them the following:

Duty-Free Allowance:

The following Duty Free Allowances are available to all visitors, ages 18 years or over:

  • Spirits, strong liqueurs: 2 Litres at 22% proof or below or 1 Litre exceeding 22% proof Plus
  • 2 Litres of Wine or 12 bottles/cans (340 ml size) Beer/Lager


  • 250 ml perfumed spirits or Eau de toilette


  • 200 cigarettes or 250g tobacco

Clothing and other miscellaneous goods intended for personal use not exceeding in total £1000.

For further information on customs duty allowances when visiting St Helena please visit the following link to the St Helena Government Website – Customs and exercise Duty

  • Prohibited Goods

Firearms and ammunition unless accompanied by a valid licence.

Obscene items or pornographic literature and films

Fruit, vegetables and plant material unless accompanied by an import licence issued by the St Helena Biosecurity Service, and in compliance with the specified import health standards.

Animals unless accompanied by a licence issued by the St Helena Biosecurity Service.

Further information can be obtained from HM Customs: Tel: +290 22287 Fax: +290 22949

Agricultural Products and Animals

It is important to make arrangements well in advance of your departure date if you wish to bring animals, fruit or vegetables to the island. The law prohibits the importation of honey, animals, plants, fruit and vegetables without prior approval and documentation from the St Helena Biosecurity Service. Further information, import health standards and import licence application forms are available here or from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division on tel +290 24724; fax +290 24603.

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