Visa and entry requirements Saint Helena:
Passport required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office about your Saint Helena trip:

St. Helena, or Saint Helena, is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic with almost 5,000 inhabitants. It is one of the furthest islands from the mainland in the world.

Saint Helena, together with the islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, forms a British overseas territory. The closest island, Ascension, is geographically around 1,300 kilometers away. In addition, the African mainland of Angola is around 1,850 kilometers away, the island of Tristan da Cunha is around 2,440 kilometers away and the South American Recife is around 3,300 kilometers away from St. Helena.

The largest towns on the island include Half Tree Hollow, Ruperts, Jamestown, Longwood, Sandy Bay, Levelwood, St. Pauls, Blue Hill and Alarm Forest.

The highest point on St. Helena is “Dianas Peak” at 818 meters. Due to the island's isolated location, there are now a variety of rare plant species that only occur on St. Helena. There is a mild oceanic climate there all year round.

The island is historically known as the last place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon lived in the Longwood House for almost six years until he died there in 1821 and was buried at his own request in Sane Valley, his favorite place.

Saint Helena's largest industries are fishing and fish processing. The best-known export commodity is coffee; this coffee, which is specially grown on the island, is one of the most expensive in the world.

With the opening of the airport in October 2017, it is hoped that tourism will become the most important source of economic income. Otherwise, Saint Helena relies largely on financial support from Great Britain.

In July 2018 I traveled to the beautiful island of Saint Helena for a week. My flight with the South African airline “Airlink” took about six hours from Johannesburg.

Because there were no taxis or buses to be found at the airport, an island resident kindly gave me a free ride in her car to the capital, about 10 kilometers away, at the other end of the island.

During my time on Saint Helena, I stayed in a typical English cottage in Jamestown for just £20 a day. The room was very simply furnished, but absolutely sufficient. Restaurants, bars and other shops were close by and easy to access.

The town of Jamestown, located in a beautiful bay, is a very cozy small town with many old buildings, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The first two days I explored the entire city on foot. In majestic weather, with temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, I climbed the famous Jacob's Ladder immediately after my arrival. The 280 meter long climb, with a total of 699 large steps and a 40 percent gradient, was very strenuous. But I took it easy, took a lot of breaks in between and got first-class photos of the magnificent view.

On one of the following days I also visited the Longwood House, where the great Napoleon lived during his exile, as well as the grave and final resting place of the famous ruler.

In Jamestown and the surrounding area there were a few simply furnished bars that were well filled from Wednesday to the weekend. During my time on the island, I met many interesting people and after a few days, I was known everywhere as one of the few tourists.

The friendly residents of Saint Helena greeted me at every encounter and offered advice whenever I had questions or needed help.

I had a fantastic time in this one week on St. Helena, the island is unique in the world and I will always have fond memories of it.

One day I'll come back, but then I'll also take a detour to the distant neighboring island of Ascension.