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Tourist Information

Banking services on St Helena and Ascension Islands are provided by Bank of St Helena Ltd. The following information will be of use to visitors to the islands.

Please note, there are no ATMs on the island, but cash advance can be made against debit and credit cards. More information below. 

LOCAL CURRENCY

The currency in St Helena and Ascension is the Saint Helena Pound (SHP) which is equivalent to the British Pound (GBP). The notes and coins are similar to their British equivalents. GBP currency is accepted on both islands. 

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Bank of St Helena is able to exchange foreign currency for SHP.  A limited supply of foreign currency is also available for exchange, these currencies include South African Rand (ZAR), EURO and US Dollar (USD).
Customers should note that Bank of St Helena Ltd, intermittently, has available a supply of UK Sterling (GBP) and South African Rand (ZAR) for which a 2% exchange commission is charged.
The Rates of Exchange used by Bank of St Helena are advertised on our Foreign Exchange Rates page, they are set for a period of one week and are effective every Monday.

OBTAINING MONEY

Both branches can advance cash against major Credit or Debit Cards in the following schemes:

CASH ADVANCE SERVICE

5% charge on the value of the amount withdrawn, minimum charge £2.50

To conduct Cash Advance Service transactions you should be aware that:

  • We need to see an identification document which carries a signature and a photograph (e.g. a valid passport).
  • We can only advance cash where we can successfully achieve online authorisation using our card terminal.
  • Your card issuer may also charge you additional fees which are outside our control.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

Whist Bank of St Helena is unable to issue Travellers Cheques, the Bank offers customers a GBP Travellers Cheque encashment service at a charge of 2% on the value of the cheques cashed (minimum charge £1.00).

PAYMENT NOTE

Local currency, ie. SHP notes and coins, are only accepted on St Helena and Ascension. It is therefore advisable to change back any surplus local currency before leaving the islands.

ON-ISLAND PAYMENT METHODS

Credit and Debit Cards are not widely accepted for payment on St Helena or Ascension, although they can be used to obtain cash at the Bank of St Helena branches.  It is therefore advisable to have a supply of local cash.

USEFUL LINKS

St Helena Government

Enterprise St Helena

St Helena Tourism

Solomon and Company Plc

St Helena Airport

OPENING HOURS

Saint Helena

Main Branch (+290) 22390

Monday to Friday08:45 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
SundayClosed
Airport Kiosk

(St Helena)

Saturday10:00 - 14:30
Sunday*10:00 - 14:30

*Ascension flights take place during the second Sunday of the month, with additional Sunday flights during and after the festive season.

Jamestown Wharf Kiosk

(St Helena)

Thursday09:00 - 14:30
Friday09:00 - 14:30
Ascension

(+247) 66449

Monday - Friday08:45 - 15:00
Saturday*09:00 - 12:00
SundayClosed

*The Ascension Branch opens every alternate Saturday only. Where the branch is open on a Saturday, Thursday opening times are revised to 08:45 – 12:00

Use your Local Debit Card at the Ascension Branch

Ascension customers can now use their Local Debit Card at the Bank in Georgetown. Local Debit Cards are available for personal and business customers. Apply today by contacting the branch on 66123.