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This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.{a}


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For general information about communications to and from St Helena please see our page Communications.

If you have a question: before you contact us please could you check that your question isn’t already answered on Saint Helena Island Info. Try pages Visitor Information, Frequently Asked Questions about St Helena and Help With for most common queries. We may not to respond to questions about subjects fully covered in our pages.

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Please contact us in one of the following ways:

Below: By EmailVia our Social Media sitesBy PostMessage in a bottleCarrier PigeonHeliographPlease NOT by TelephoneCommunications Note

By Email

By Email


We get many emails per day and try to get a reply back within 48 hours{2} whenever possible, even if it is only We’ve no idea - we’ll ask around and get back to you…

NB: If you need to communicate a location to us please see ‘How to communicate a location to us’.

Junk Email

Please note that we don’t need:

We also binned this one:

I am a producer of yak meat, please contact me if you need, I will give you a satisfactory price and high-quality products. Our company has many years of experience in the yak meat industry.

If you want our attention for your SEO services here’s an offer: send us just one FREE improvement suggestion that is relevant and that we can implement at no cost to us. If we like (and can use) your idea then we will respond to your email. The rest go in the recycling bin…

Finally, we also received this:

From: Bennet Russell [russellbennet3311@hotmail.com] Sent: 10 June 2018 15:34 To: john@sainthelenaisland.info Subject: My Regards
Hello I am Mr Dickson Government contractor by profession connected with formal leader, i need your assistant of transferring and investing $66.500 million this money were set aside for investment unfortunately new Government took over the set ,this money is secure where it was deposited i am in charged now i am ready to provide the money to you for partnership business if you are ready let me know for us to arrange and discuss in full details on how to move the money to you in your country for profitable joint venture I wait to hear from you. My Regards

We didn’t know this scam was still circulating! Naturally we did not respond…

Via our Social Media sites

Social Media sites

Twitter™: @SaintHelenaInfo{3}

Facebook™: www.facebook.com/sainthelenaislandinfo

We use social media primarily as a means of broadcasting information about Saint Helena Island Info; for example to notify site updates. We check messages on these networks only occasionally so it is more reliable to contact us by email.

Please Note: It has been pointed out to us that people sometimes use the Comment facility on our Social Media feeds to raise issues or promote causes that are nothing to do with St Helena or Saint Helena Island Info. Apart from deleting these comments when we spot them we have no control over this. The presence of a Comment does not mean we approve of or support the views expressed.

By Post

By Post

P.O. Box 37,
Island of St Helena{4}
South Atlantic Ocean

Does anyone use post anymore? Whatever you send will take ages to reach us and unless what you ask is really fascinating we probably won’t be able to afford the cost of replying. You would be better to use a more 21st Century means of communicating, like email.

Unless you’re sending us a lawsuit, of course; but frankly, why bother? Your legal system almost certainly has no jurisdiction here, so maybe best to raise whatever your problem is with us by email and we can take it from there…

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Who knows? It might work! Just make sure there are no plant seeds etc. inside, or it will be destroyed by Customs for biosecurity reasons.

Carrier Pigeon

Carrier Pigeon

If you have one that can fly 1,800Km non-stop from Africa by all means give it a go, but be aware that we have cats…



The basic idea of a Heliograph is that you set up a tall tower with an adjustable mirror on the top and reflect the sunlight towards the recipient, signalling using flashes encoded, for example, in Morse Code (more on the Wikipedia). Well, even if you live on the Western edge of Africa and can build a tower around 53Km high{5} - that’s about 100 times the height of the world’s largest current man-made structure - with a really, really big mirror, you still won’t reach us because we live in Jamestown on the North-Western side of the island. In the bottom of a deep valley. Sorry.

Please NOT by Telephone

Telephone cartoon

We previously included our telephone number on this page, but after several telephone calls at unsocial hours saying things like Can you give me the prices of flights to St Helena? or Can you give me the number for the hospital? we decided to remove it. If you really must telephone us call St Helena Directory Enquiries on (+290) 22222{7} (08:30 - 16:00h GMT Monday to Friday) and ask for our number. Note that telephone calls to St Helena are expensive and, due to satellite lag, can be quite difficult - you speak then there’s a couple of seconds pause before you get a reply. So unless your call is really urgent it’s better to use email.

You cannot text us - we do not have a mobile (‘cell’) telephone and in any case our local network has trouble receiving SMS messages from overseas.

Communications Note

Please note that communications to and from St Helena are less reliable than in most developed countries, due to telephone, Internet and power outages. If your message is not answered, and it does not ask a question already fully covered on this site, please re-send it.

Meet us in person

Editor, John Turner
Editor, John Turner

The site is run from the editor of this website’s family home in Jamestown, which is really not equipped to welcome unexpected callers, so if you want to meet in person please contact us to make an arrangement.

More about this site on our About This Site page.


{a} Western Union Company Internal memo, 1876


{1} Please note that all ‘current’ times on Saint Helena Island Info are calculated from your Device’s clock, so are only as accurate as you make them…{2} Why 48 hours? Well, as explained on our page Communications, the Internet is very expensive here, except between midnight and 6am when it’s free (but with much reduced speed). We take advantage of this to download emails overnight, respond during the next day and then transmit our reply during the following night. Hence an email sent Monday is downloaded Monday night, responded to on Tuesday and the response sent Tuesday night, received Wednesday.{3} We wanted ‘@SaintHelenaIslandInfo’ but that was too many letters for Twitter™!{4} Or St Helena Island, or St. Helena, it doesn’t seem to matter which.{5} According to our, admittedly, rather shaky trigonometry!{6} But tell that to Yahoo!, who won’t let you create an account without giving them a phone number and then reject St Helena 5-digit phone numbers because the number seems wrong.{7} Yes, St Helena telephone numbers really have only five digits{6}!


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