Ascension Island

Map of Ascension Island

Plugs and Electric on Ascension Island

Electricity

Voltage

240 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Flat three-pin plugs.

Flights from the UK to Ascension Island

The only flight to Ascension Island is via RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The RAF operates a limited fare paying service every five days from RAF Brize Norton to Ascension Island and it takes about nine hours.

Ascension Island Culture and Traditions

Drink/drive laws are strictly enforced and there is a fine for dropping litter.

Weather on Ascension Island

The climate is warm all year round with temperatures rising from 20 to a maximum of 30 degrees C. during the months of January, February and March.  The breeze of the South East Trade Winds moderates these temperatures. Rainfall is variable and hard to predict.

Seasonality

With a pleasant and not overly hot climate, it is a good place to visit all year round.

Best Time to Visit Ascension Island

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Ascension Island

Local Currency

Saint Helena Pound (SHP)

General Advice

The currency in Ascension is the Saint Helena Pound and the notes and coins are similar in domination and appearance to those in the UK.

Money Exchange

Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Government Cash Office which is closed at weekends.

ATM Availability

There are no ATMs on Ascension Island.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted at the local hotel and by Cable & Wireless but otherwise they are generally not accepted.

Other Information

Sterling bank notes are accepted but coins may not be.

Entry Requirements for Ascension Island

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
Canada Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
Denmark Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
Ireland Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
Netherlands Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
New Zealand Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
South Africa Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
United States Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.
United Kingdom Visitors must obtain permission in advance to visit Ascension Island and they must have a completed Ascension Island Entry Permit.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport on Ascension Island

Buses

There is no public transport on Ascension Island but there may be some tours available.

Car Hire

Car hire is readily available as there is no public transport, however it is expensive.

Driving

There is only one petrol station on the island and you should be aware that you may encounter wildlife on the roads.

Trains

There are no railways.

Boats

The RMS St Helena operates from the UK and St Helena. Aside from one single flight option, this is the only way from which to access the island.

Other

It may be possible to hire a bike or you can get around on foot.

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