240 V - 50 Hz

IDD, Facsimile, Telegram and Internet are all available. Phone booths are located in Jamestown and the country districts. Collect calls are possible to South Africa, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Ascension Island. Credit calls (AT&T cards only) are possible to USA, Canada & United Kingdom.

All districts have a sub-Post Office operating in a general store or grocery shop. Postage stamps are available from the main Post Office, sub-Post Offices and the Souvenir Shop, Main Street, Jamestown. Overseas post is operated via the RMS St Helena. The Post Office will receive mail for you, providing it is addressed Poste Restante. It should be collected from the main Post Office in Jamestown.

Jamestown has a General Hospital, a Dental Surgery and a Community Clinic. All visits are by appointment only (Tel. 2500) except in emergency. United Kingdom residents with British Passports are eligible to pay local rates for medical and dental attention. Non UK residents pay higher rates.

No special precautions or vaccination needed.
Health insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday : 09.00 to 13.00 - 14.00 to 17.00
Wednesday : 09.00 to 13.00
Saturday : 09.00 to 13.00 - 18.30 to 20.30
Tipping is very much the individual’s choice according to service.

1 January New Years Day
18 April Good Friday
21 April Easter Monday
21 May   St. Helena's Day
9 June    White Monday
16 June HM Queen's Birthday
25 August August Bank Holiday
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday : 08.45 to 15.00
Wednesday & Sunday : closed
Saturday : 09.00 to noon

1 Saint Helenian pound (£S) = 100 pence - Coins in use have values of 1p, 2p, 10p, 20p, 50p, and £1. Notes in circulation have values of £5, £10 and £20.

One St Helena £ is equal to one British £ Sterling.

No international banks.

Date February 2003
1 Euro 0.65 SHP
1 USD 0.61 SHP
Most shops accept credit cards (Visa & MasterCard) for the purchase of goods.
Traveller's cheques are recommended and can be cashed at the Cash Office, The Castle.


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