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Only a few islands in the world are as remote as Saint Helena. This tiny British Overseas territory is 1,200 miles (ca. 1,931 km) from Africa's west coast in the South Atlantic Ocean. It's a special place to visit, but ensure you have the correct travel documents to enter the country before you go.

St Helena Island is home to about 4,500 people, known as the Saints. They are ready to welcome you and show you around various landscapes. Some nationalities, however, must first apply for the Saint Helena Visa.

The good news is that eligible foreign nationals can now apply for the Saint Helena Visa fully online through iVisa. This e-Visa is electronically linked to the applicant's passport. Read more about the visa requirements and other important info for your trip to Saint Helena on this page.

What is the Saint Helena eVisa?

Saint Helena now offers eligible passport holders the opportunity to obtain their tourist visa to enter the country online. This entry permit can be applied for electronically from anywhere in the world. Applying for the Saint Helena eVisa is a very straightforward process.

The applicant simply fills out an online application form, uploads the required documents, and pays the visa fee.

Eligible nationalities to apply for the online Saint Helena Visa

There is no visa-on-arrival available. This means that most nationalities, except residents, holders of long-term visas, or those exempt, must apply for an eVisa to enter St Helena. If you're unsure, please check the convenient visa checker tool to find out more.

Validity of the Saint Helena eVisa

The Saint Helena eVisa is valid for a stay up to 90 or 180 days depending on the applicant's visa type.

Travel requirements and required documents to apply for the St Helena eVisa

The St Helena Immigration Office requires the following documents and information during the eVisa application process:

  • Details of your valid passport

  • A scanned passport photo (if you don't have one, use the convenient iVisa [digital photo service])

  • Onward travel itinerary

  • Proof of accommodation on Saint Helena, which must be booked at least two weeks before arriving in the country

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your trip

  • Adequate medical insurance that covers medical evacuation if necessary

  • Details of employment or studies

Additionally, visitors under 18 years old must submit:

  • Documents showing the relationship between you and your parent or guardian

  • Signed letter from your legal guardian confirming details of anyone else accompanying you (if applicable)

  • Copy of legal guardian's passport if anyone else is accompanying you (if applicable)

Is this visa necessary for transit through Saint Helena?

An eVisa is not required for passengers transiting at St. Helena airport (generally those arriving and departing on the same day and aircraft).

The eVisa is required, however, for passengers transiting through border control at the airport or seaport if they are from an eligible country.

How to apply online for the Saint Helena eVisa

The Saint Helena e-Visa application process takes just a few minutes to complete. It includes the following steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out the requisition information, such as passport details, name, email address, and other info. Choose your preferred processing time depending on your needs.

  • Step 2: Review your application and make sure all information is correctly entered. Then, pay for the visa fees.

  • Step 3: Upload all required documents, such as your passport photo, and confirm your application.

The eVisa is usually electronically linked to your passport. Printing a confirmation of your approved visa is always recommended to show to immigration officers when requested.

Costs and processing times of the Saint Helena eVisa

iVisa generally offers three different processing times to match your needs and budget. However, applying for your Saint Helena visa is as soon as possible. All options include the government fee of USD $57.00:

  • Standard (USD $118.99 - 30 days): For travelers who have booked their trip to Saint Helena in advance, this is the most affordable option.

  • Rush (USD $182.99 - 25 days): For an additional fee, you can get your order processed faster.

  • Super Rush (USD $246.99 - 21 days): If you urgently require an eVisa for Saint Helene, you can choose this option for an additional charge.

Do minors and children need the eVisa to enter St Helena?

Yes, all eligible passport holders must apply for the eVisa to enter St Helena, including minors under 18 years old. Yet, the requirements might differ depending on the situation. Please read the section 'Travel requirements and required documents' to find out more.

COVID-19 restrictions and requirements to enter Saint Helena

While the island of Saint Helena is easing its COVID-19 travel restrictions and welcoming visitors into the country once again, please keep in mind that it is a small community. Therefore, it is recommended to wear your mask for the first five days of your stay in Saint Helena. Some businesses or public spaces may still ask you to wear a mask.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

No vaccination requirements are currently in place for entry to St Helena. It is recommended to be fully vaccinated before you arrive to keep the Saint Helena community and visitors safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine in Saint Helena

As of Monday, August 8, 2022, quarantine will no longer be required to visit St Helena.

Testing requirements for Saint Helena

Coronavirus travel restrictions have been lifted for St Helena, and a negative COVID-19 test result is no longer required upon arrival.

What else to know before traveling to Saint Helena

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha are a group of islands located in the South Atlantic, part of the British Overseas Territories.

The island of St Helena is so remote that air travel only became possible in 2017, opening up this relatively unknown destination to tourism. You can reach Saint Helena by a 6-hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa or on the selected cruise or cargo ships.

Despite the dramatic coastlines, further inland you'll find rolling hills, jagged volcanic mountains, and leafy coffee plantations. It is said that the coffee from Saint Helena is among the world's best (as well as the most expensive). Apparently, Napoleon was a fan who spent the final years of his exile here. Plenty to explore!

Contact details for more information

If you're not sure about which travel document you need for Saint Helena, or would like assistance in applying for your eVisa, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team via chat or email at [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to answer all your queries.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant's Photo

  • Travel Itinerary

  • Proof of Accommodation

  • Proof of Travel Medical Insurance

  • Most recent 3 months bank statements (if applicable)

  • Employment Proof (if applicable)

  • Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • Visa must be obtained in advance, as Saint Helena does not grant visas on arrival.

  • Your passport must have at least six months validity remaining at point of entry

  • Transit passengers do not require an evisa.

  • Travelers without proof of accommodation at point of arrival in Saint Helena may be refused entry by the Immigration Officer.

  • Travelers without a valid medical insurance or proof that they have the means to support themselves or their dependents at point of arrival in Saint Helena may be refused entry by the Immigration Officer.

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If this occurs, please reach out to our customer service team as soon as possible. They are available 24/7 and can easily help you resolve the problem.

iVisa tries to minimize the risk of rejection by reviewing your documents and assisting you during the entire application process. However, if the Saint Helena government authorities reject or cancel your application, you will be fully refunded for the iVisa processing fee. Please note that we do not refund government fees.

You may consider re-applying for the Saint Helena e-Visa depending on the reasons for your visa rejection.

No, provided you meet the entry requirements. All visitors must have a valid passport, funds to finance the travel costs, return tickets, and a plausible reason for the trip. Plus, you should not pose a threat to security in the country.
You can apply from anywhere if you have an internet connection. It takes only a few minutes to fill out the visa application and you receive the visa in your email, so there’s no need to visit an embassy.
A criminal record does not necessarily lead to a visa rejection. However, one of the entry requirements is not to pose a threat to security or public order. So, it will depend on your criminal history. You should consult the embassy for more details before applying.

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