Foreign travel advice
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
An Entry Permit costs £17 and allows a stay of up to 183 days. You will need to provide evidence of a return ticket, or funds for a return ticket, medical insurance, adequate accommodation and sufficient funds for your stay.
If you wish to stay for longer than 183 days you should apply to the St Helena Immigration Control Board.
If you need a South African visa you should get one before your visit and make sure it is valid for the date of your planned return journey. There are no facilities to issue international visas on the island.
You must hold a valid passport to enter St Helena. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into from St Helena.
The Immigration Service in St. Helena only issues and renews British Overseas Territory Citizen passports and British Emergency travel documents.
Travelling with children
If you intend to send an unaccompanied minor to St Helena you should seek advice from Andrew Weir Shipping prior to making any travel arrangements.
You must get permission to visit Ascension Island from the Administrator before travel. Entry permit applications can be downloaded from the Ascension Island Government website or obtained by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com. You must be able to produce evidence of holding comprehensive travel and medical insurance. You must also be able to produce on request evidence of a return air ticket (or other evidence of pre-paid onward travel), pre-booked accommodation and sufficient funds to cover your stay on the island.
Visitors are prohibited from taking employment, paid or unpaid, without first obtaining permission to do so from the Administrator.
You must hold a valid passport to enter Ascension. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ascension.
Tristan da Cunha
You will need the prior permission of the Island Council to land on Tristan. You should apply to the Administrator’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have a confirmed and fully paid return passage; comprehensive travel and medical insurance that cover the cost of medical treatment and evacuation to Cape Town; and sufficient funds to cover the cost of your visit. A small landing fee is payable on arrival at the Island.
You must hold a valid passport to enter Tristan. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it’s always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure.
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from, or have transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.