Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

There are fortnightly (weekly from October) return Airlink flights from Johannesburg to St Helena with a monthly onward /return flight from St Helena to Ascension. Seating capacity on flights between St Helena and Ascension are severely limited whilst runway repairs are ongoing. Essential workers and their families have priority access. Check with your travel company for the latest information on any new scheduled commercial flights. There is no flight access to Tristan da Cunha.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID-19. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Public transport is operating on St Helena and Ascension.

Accommodation

Limited accommodation is available in St Helena. The Tourism Office in St Helena will be able to provide advice on local accommodation.

On Tristan, the only accommodation is government guest houses, which have to be arranged via the Tristan da Cunha Tourism Department well ahead of any proposed visit.

On Ascension, accommodation is available to rent through a small number of privately owned bed and breakfasts.

Public spaces and services

Public places and services are open as usual and there are no restrictions on large gatherings. However, should COVID-19 present itself on any of the Islands, the authorities have the power to close public places and limit public gatherings.

Healthcare in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms call 911. See the health section below for information on the healthcare facilities on St Helena.

Tristan da Cunha is COVID-19 free, and has had no cases. Healthcare is limited. There is a small hospital but no ICU and no ventilators. The nearest comprehensive hospital facilities is in South Africa.

Whilst on Ascension if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Hospital on 66252 to inform them of your symptoms, recent travel and provide details to enable contact tracing to begin.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

See also the guidance healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

Check the St Helena government website for the latest updates on its response to the coronavirus outbreak, including travel restrictions.

If you need urgent consular assistance, the first point of contact is the Police Station as follows:

St Helena – 290 22626

Ascension – 66412

Tristan da Cunha - 5111

The nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate is in South Africa. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.