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Getting Here

How to travel to St Helena

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain

Despite its isolation, St Helena is not quite as difficult to get to as you might imagine.

This page is in indexes: Island Place, Island Activity, Island Detail

Getting Here [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]

Ways to get here [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]

Other ‘getting here’ pages:

• Fly here

• RMS St Helena

• Yachting

• Cruise Ship Days

• Fly Yourself Here

• Visitor Information

Below: How to get hereCan I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant?Travel AdviceMore visitor informationRead More

Unless transportation and accommodation are improved, it seems to us that the best St Helena can hope for is an occasional off-beater to whom time and comfort are minor considerations{a}

And the good news is…they now have been (albeit years later!)

How to get here

The primary route to St Helena is the scheduled commercial air service. Until February 2018 you can also still come on the RMS St Helena. If you own or can charter a ’plane you can Fly Yourself Here. Otherwise you can come here on your yacht, on a Cruise Ship, or maybe one of a few other more obscure ways.

What to do [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]

Travel method



Scheduled Commercial Air Service

Since 14th October 2017

See our Fly here page for more



See our Yachting page for details.

Cruise Ship


See our Cruise Ship Days page for details.

RMS St Helena

Until February 2018

See our RMS St Helena page for details.

Private or Charter Flight


See our Fly Yourself Here page for details.

All visitors require valid passports and will normally be granted an entry permit for a period of three months. The entry permit may be extended up to a period of one year. Visitors must have a return ticket and pre-booked accomodation is advised. Do I need a Visa? check and apply here.

More ‘creative’ options

Alternatively, cheaper ways to get here include:

Air Service [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
Air Service

Visiting yacht in James Bay [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
Visiting yacht in James Bay

The Queen Mary II in 2010 [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
The Queen Mary II in 2010

RMS St Helena, in James Bay [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
RMS St Helena, in James Bay

Private aircraft, January 2017 [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
Private aircraft, January 2017

Naval visitors, 2009 [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
Naval visitors, 2009

Bark Europa in 2009 [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]
Bark Europa in 2009

Can I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant?

Gurrs with Stanley [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]

It’s not impossible, but because of disease control the process is rather complicated - too much so to summarise it here. If you really can’t be separated from your furry/scaly friend, you are best to contact the Senior Vetinary Officer at the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division - Tel (+290) 24724.

Of course, Governor Gurr (2007-2011) had no trouble getting permission to bring his family dog, Stanley…(right)

Travel Advice

Travel advice for St Helena is available from various sources:

More visitor information

For more useful visitor information see our Visitor Information page.

Read More

More stories on our page Read articles about St Helena.

Article: “Tourism”

Wirebird cover October 1960 [Saint Helena Island Info:Getting Here]

Published in the St Helena Wirebird{3} October 1960{2}

We have received information to the effect that under the leadership of the Honourable J. A. Thorpe, o.b.e., a Tourist Committee composed of the following people has been set up:

John A. Thorpe, o.b.e. Organiser; Inspector P. Truebody Secretary; M. Martineau; Mr. H. S. George; Mr. S. C. Flagg; Mr. A. F. George; Mr. E. J. Benjamin; Mr. J. R. Charlton.

In these days when passenger ships calling at the Island are few and far between, any increase in tourism would be greatly welcomed by the Island, which could well be a delightful popular holiday resort but for its remoteness.

St Helena which is one of Britain’s oldest possessions, and once described as “An Emerald set in Bronze”, has much to offer its visitors. Boats with outboard motors manned by excellent crews, modern taxis, colas surfaced roads and a wonderful scenery which is extraordinary for a small Island. St Helena handicrafts including aloe fibre work, handsome lacework and embroidery, seedwork and cabinet work, cannot escape the visitor’s interest.

Historically, the argument is that without St Helena there would have been no British possessions in the Far East. Be that as it may, today when St Helena is mentioned the first great name which comes to mind is that of Napoleon, who was exiled here from 1815 until the time of his death in 1821. His place of residence and his tomb, although now empty (his remains were removed to France in 1840), are among the places of interest which few visitors, if any, ever leave the Island without seeing. Longwood Old House where he lived is full of Napoleonic relics and the Pavilion at the Briars where he resided for a time while Longwood was being prepared for him, is now being set up by the French Government as a Museum.

Geographically St Helena, which lies in the South Atlantic Ocean, has a mild and healthy climate influenced by the southeast trades. It is perhaps one of the few places in the world which can boast of having no serious diseases.

Many Royal Visitors have honoured the Island with a call. The last such visit was paid by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh in 1957.

And so Wirebird wishes the new Tourist Committee every success in its efforts to encourage visitors to this beautiful and historic land which has much of interest to offer.

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{a} Article in the New York Herald Tribune, 4th April 1961{2}


{1} There are three ‘Wirebird’ publications that should not be confused: The Government Newspaper (1955-1966), the Tourist Office Blog (current) and the Magazine of Friends of St Helena (current).

{2} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

{3} The Government newspaper{1}.


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