The electricity supply is 240V (50Hz), with standard UK electrical sockets.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Arriving visitors must pay a £17 immigration landing fee (children under the age of 12 are exempt). If staying less than 183 days, Short Term Entry Permits are available upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the expiry date on their entry permit. Other entry requirements include: a valid return ticket or proof of other means of departure; valid medical insurance or sufficient means to pay for treatment; adequate means to provide for expenses for entire duration of stay.

As there is no foreign embassy representation on Island, visitors must have the necessary visa or permit for their next destination.


The unit of currency is the St Helena pound (£), which is fixed at parity with the British pound sterling. Sterling notes and coins are accepted on the island, as are Scottish notes (coins are not).

The Bank of St Helena exchanges British sterling, US dollars, euros and South African rand banknotes. They also cash travellers’ cheques and provide cash advances on major debit and credit cards. There are currently no ATM cash machines on the island.

Opening Hours

Businesses are typically open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. Most shops, however, open at 9am Monday through Saturday, with closing time at 5pm (1pm Wednesday and Saturday). Some shops stay open late Friday evening, and also reopen Saturday evening between 6.30-8.30pm. Most pubs are open from 11am to 11pm Monday to Saturday (some open Sunday).


Phone cards can be obtained from various shops and Sure, the island's telecommunications provider. There are various phone booths dotting Jamestown and the country districts (collect calls to the UK are possible). Mobile reception remains illusive.


St Helena is on GMT all year long.