St Helena is one of the most isolated destinations in the world, but we can make it easier for you to enjoy your time with us
Here on St Helena, we are majority a cash-based society. At present, International Cards are only accepted in a small number of establishments, including a cash advance service with us at the Bank of St Helena to withdraw from an international card. There are no ATMs on the island.
To assist tourists visiting the island, Bank of St Helena will soon introduce the Tourist Card, an innovative solution to paying for goods and services around St Helena using a virtual bank card, downloadable to a mobile phone. Using this virtual card, tourists can tap into the island’s local card payment service known as St Helena Pay, a service available at over 70 establishments in Jamestown and around the island.
For more information on using International Cards on St Helena, click here.
Tourist Cards will be accepted at over 70 establishments around St Helena, just keep a look out for our logo for St Helena Pay (Bank of St Helena’s local Card Payment Acceptance Service).
Please be advised that there are some shops and businesses around St Helena who will not accept Tourist Cards and will require cash. This includes some restaurants, hotels, taxis and tours.
Tourist Cards will allow customers to withdraw cash at all Banking locations including the Main Branch in Jamestown and St Helena Airport Kiosk. Simply present your card QR code stored on your mobile phone to the cashier, request the amount needed from the cashier, and enter our PIN to authorise.
Additionally, some of our partnering establishments accepting St Helena Pay offer cashback as part of their St Helena Pay service. Please be advised there might be a minimum purchase and a maximum withdrawal amount from some of the establishments.
There are no ATMs on St Helena to withdraw from your account.
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