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Saint Helena Travel Information

According to elaineqho, Saint Helena is an island in the Atlantic Ocean (Africa) that is part of the “Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha” island territory. This territory forms an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The capital of Saint Helena is Jamestown. Some major cities on Saint Helena are: Half Tree Hollow, Longwood and Saint Paul’s.

Saint Helena is a relatively unknown and remote island. The island is mainly mountainous and was only accessible by boat for a long time. Since 2016, Saint Helena has also been accessible by plane through the construction of an international airport. This is to promote tourism. The coastline of Saint Helena consists of rock formations, sandy beaches, clear blue water and lots of vegetation. There are many colorful coral reefs in the waters around Saint Helena, making it ideal for diving and snorkeling. The capital Jamestown is sandwiched between two mountains. Saint Helena is best known as Napoleon’s last residence. Napoleon died on Saint Helena after 6 years of exile.

Where is Saint Helena located?

Travel information of Saint Helena

Official name: Saint Helena
Continent: Africa
Area: 122 km²
Capital: Jamestown
Country code: SH, SHN
Population: 4,255 inhabitants (2008)
Government: Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
Highest point: 818 m (Diana’s Peak)
Distance (Amsterdam – Jamestown): 7,634 km

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found on
Weather and climate
Saint Helena has a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Saint Helena can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Saint Helena can be found at Climate info.

Best time to travel
With the consistently pleasant temperatures and little rainfall, the island can be visited all year round.

English is the official language on Saint Helena.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival on Saint Helena.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on Saint Helena for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the United Kingdom (also for Saint Helena):
Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Netherlands (also for Saint Helena):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Saint Helena, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency matters
On Saint Helena, payment is made with the Saint Helena pound (SHP).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
There are no ATMs on Saint Helena.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 2 hours earlier on Saint Helena.
During our winter time it is 1 hour earlier on Saint Helena.
Saint Helena has no difference between winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Saint Helena on our time difference page.

On Saint Helena you must drive on the left.

On Saint Helena you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets on Saint Helena can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding St Helena can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Saint Helena can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Saint Helena end
Saint Helena official websites: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Saint Helena is 00290 or +290.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Saint Helena? Then use the Dutch country code 0031.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Saint Helena.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Saint Helena.

Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations on Saint Helena, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Saint Helena?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Saint Helena. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Saint Helena can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Saint Helena can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Saint Helena.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Inhabitants of Saint Helena call themselves ‘Saints’?
…Saint Helena only got its first airport in 2016?
… Saint Helena belonged to the Netherlands between 1645 and 1659?
…Napoleon spent the last years of his life in exile there?
…Residents of Saint Helena are full British citizens?

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