St Helena has modernised its immigration controls, making it easier to live, work and invest on the island. While St Helena welcomes visitors, entry permits are required for both long and short term stays. Individuals and their families looking to visit or work on the Island are required by law to have comprehensive medical, including medivac insurance.
- Entry Permit: All visitors require a valid passport and entry permit valid, normally valid for three months, to access the island. In additions, visitors show proof of a return ticket, pre-booked accommodation and medical insurance. It’s important to note, prior to leaving their home country, or place of origin, visitors to the island are responsible for obtaining appropriate, comprehensive medical and personal accident insurance for themselves and any accompanying dependents or family.
For more information please contact:
St Helena Immigration,
St Helena Island,
South Atlantic Ocean,
Telephone: +290 22236
- Short Stay Entry Permits: Those without St Helenian status are allowed to live and work on the island for up to 6 months on a short term entry permit.
- Long Term Entry Permit: Applications for a long term entry permit are subject to a points based system. Currently, two points-based systems have been introduced on the island, the first applies to people wishing to come to the island to work and the second applies to entrepreneurial investors. Occupations and professions under-represented on the island will attract higher point scoring. Investors and entrepreneurs on the other hand, who want to make a substantial financial investment in St. Helena, can apply to enter or stay on the island without needing a job offer, provided that the following criteria are met:
- Pass a points-based Assessment
- In possession of a long term entry permit
- Own at least £50,000 as investment capital
- Have a thorough business plan
- Immigration: Obtaining ‘Saint’ status, in other words permanent residency, can be obtained (albeit subject to certain limits) following a full period of five year’s occupation on the island. More information can be found on the St. Helena government website under the immigration office.