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  2. Safety and security
  3. Terrorism
  4. Local laws and customs
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha are British Overseas Territories. There is no formal British diplomatic representation on any of the islands and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance. See Consular Assistance

You must take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Travel to Tristan da Cunha is by sea only. St. Helena Airport offers weekly flights via Windhoek to Johannesburg. Due to runway repairs required to the Ascension Island runway, the Ministry of Defence has temporarily rerouted the South Atlantic Airbridge via an alternative location. Until further notice, the only means of access to Ascension Island is via a monthly flight from St Helena.You should contact your travel agent, local tour booking office or Ascension Island employer for the latest up-to-date information. See Getting to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

You must meet certain conditions before the Tristan da Cunha island Council will authorise a visit. Visitors to Ascension must be in possession of a valid entry permit before travelling. See Entry Requirements

A good standard of medical care is available on Ascension Island, but it is limited and is not free to visitors. An adequate standard of medical care is available on St Helena but costs for major treatment can be high. Medical treatment in Tristan da Cunha is not free and major treatment can be very expensive, especially if repatriation to Cape Town is needed. See Health

You can contact the emergency services in St Helena by calling 999 (fire and police) or 911 (ambulance) and in Ascension by calling 999 for all emergency services.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Currency: Saint Helena Pound (SHP)
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Dialling Code: 290
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Languages Spoken:
English (de facto official language) 70%

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Telephone Area Code: +290 2xxx
Population: 1,000
Latitude: -15.9244 Longitude: -5.7181

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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