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By No owner — last modified Feb 25, 2014 03:55 PM

 Ascension Island - Formalities

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Before arriving at Ascension Island, yachts need to submit an Entry Permit Application and email it to aig.admin@ascension.gov.ac at least 28 days before arrival. This is the official advice, however yachts have reported faxing the permit from St. Helena and it not being necessary to wait for an answer.

On Arrival

You will need to contact ‘Ascension Island Radio’ on channel 16 to advise of your arrival, they will then instruct you to contact the port authorities – call sign ‘Port Control’ – who will instruct you from there. Ascension Radio operates VHF on Channel 16 for 24 hours a day.

Anchoring

There are NO moorings available for use by yachts (they are all privately owned and maintained) so you will need to anchor in the northern part of Clarence Bay. PLEASE be aware of the floating hose line that is secured in this area, the hose is connected at each end to moorings however the middle can does move, so please leave sufficient space.

Do not anchor anywhere which could obstruct the arrival and departure of ships or the unloading of cargo.

Pier head steps

Getting Ashore

There is no water taxi service available and all landing must be at the main pier head steps, Georgetown – landing on the beaches is strictly prohibited.

When entering the steps dinghies must be tied to the Span (not the landing steps) and then use the dinghy provided to pull yourself ashore.

Clearance

An Entry Permit Fee per person is payable at the Police Office (including children under 12). See fees below.

After reporting your arrival to Ascension Radio on VHF Channel 16, Ascension Radio will notify the Shipping Officer during day light hours by telephone and that Office will make contact with the yacht and arrange a time for the skipper to come ashore to register.

When registering, the Skipper should take ashore details of the vessel, a crew list and crew passports. No person may leave the yacht at Ascension without the prior permission of the Administrator.

Permission is normally given for a yacht to remain for any reasonable period and for the crew to come ashore between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm unless they have a special pass issued by the Police to stay ashore overnight. The pass will give details of the Island Sponsor with whom the visitor must stay. Sleeping rough on shore is not permitted. Applications for passes will not be accepted after office closing hours.

Important Points

The Skipper and all crew members are required to take out Medical Insurance to cover medical costs which must include provision for medical evacuation. It is strongly recommended that medical insurance is taken out in advance as there is no guarantee that cover can be arranged locally and all persons are required to have medical insurance before being allowed ashore.

Animals are not allowed ashore.

Be sure to read the official website before visiting the island, including the page, 'Information for yachtsmen' in the 'Further Info' section.

If a hire car is required, then this will need to be booked in advance through the Tourist Information Office on tourism@ascension.gov.ac

Last updated February 2014.

Immigration

All persons visiting the island must have an Entry Permit (except certain members of the armed forces and government officials). See Entry Permit Application and email it to aig.admin@ascension.gov.ac or faxed it to (+247) 6152. Allow at least 28 days for this application.

The maximum length of stay for tourist is 3 months,

Evidence of sufficient medical insurance cover with a minimum cover of £1m, as evacuation by air ambulance alone can cost this much.

No crew may leave the yacht at Ascension without  prior permission..

Last updated February 2014.

Customs

Firearms must remain on board.

Animals must remain on board and are not allowed ashore.

Last updated February 2014.

Health

Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required if coming from some African countries.

There is a small hospital but all emergencies must be flown out.

Full medical insurance is required by all visitors.

J. Hobson (Dentist)

Fees

Light dues are payable at £1.50 per 100 tons (up to 500 tons), minimum charge £10.

Medical insurance sufficient to cover a medical evacuation by air is compulsory. It is available on the island at £4 per day. Existing policies are acceptable.

An Entry Permit Fee of £20 per person is payable at the Police Office (£5 for Children under 12).

Last updated February 2014.

Restrictions

Yachts are not allowed to anchor anywhere except Clarence Bay.

Pets

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) applies to pets travelling in and out of the Ascension Islands

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AscensionTourism says:
Feb 25, 2014 02:53 PM

For information on visiting Ascension Island please contact the Ascension Island Tourist Information Office on tourism@ascension.gov.ac they will be able to provide information on entry permits, light dues, services and facilities, car hire, tours and much much more.
Further information also available on the website www.ascension-island.gov.ac and the facebook page www.facebook.com/Ascension-island-tourism

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