Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Capital Jamestown
Currency Saint Helenian pound (SHP)
Population 7,317 (July 2002 est.)
Electricity 240V/50Hz (UK plug)
Country code +290, +247 (Ascension)
Time zone UTC

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha is a British overseas territory consisting of the islands of Saint Helena and Ascension, together with the Tristan da Cunha islands group. These are among the world's most isolated islands and separated from each other by many hundreds of miles.


Regions

Understand

This is not really a country at all in the usual meanings of the word, but rather an administrative convenience for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK and only born on 1 September 2009, when a new constitution came into force giving the three islands equal status within this "country".

That means that all relevant information is provided and maintained in the equivalent sections of the three individual islands (separated by many hundreds of miles) rather than here.

Talk

English is the main language used on these islands.

Get in

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Visitors require entry approval from the Administrator's office, requested in advance in writing. They must also have full medical insurance which will cover the expense of medical evacuation, if needed.

Technically, no visas are required or issued.

By air

By sea

Get around

The port at Jamestown, Saint Helena

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See

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Do

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Buy

The St Helena pound is at parity with the pound sterling which is accepted everywhere together with the South African rand and Euro. Pounds are subdivided into 100 pence.

The Tristan da Cunha archipelago is more than a couple of thousand kilometres away from St Helena so their pounds rarely make it that far; they tend to use British coins and banknotes instead, when they are not bartering.

Costs are about 30% greater than the UK, except for vices.

Tipping is not expected but will be greatly appreciated.

Eat

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Drink

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Stay safe

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Go next

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