Ascension Island - Formalities
Before arriving at Ascension Island, yachts need to submit an Entry Permit Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 28 days before arrival. Faxing the permit from St. Helena might be the best option as, officially, you only have a window of up to 72 hours after your stated arrival and departure dates for the permit to be valid.
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.
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 and does move quite significantly and also has vertical metal posts intermittently along its length, so be sure to leave sufficient space.
Do not anchor anywhere which could obstruct the arrival and departure of ships or the unloading of cargo.
Pier head steps
Be aware that much of the anchorage is foul ground, so take care when setting your anchor. Anchoring in depths >15m both reduces the effect of the swell and the chances of fouling your anchor.
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.
After landing at the steps dinghies must be held away from the steps. Use a long painter tied to the Span (not the landing steps) and use a weight (NOT an anchor) on a stern line to hold the dinghy away from the landing.
If there is a ship in port, then a ferry shuttle is available (call on VHF channel 08).
You MUST have exit papers from your last port-of-call. Without them, you cannot stop here.
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.
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 email@example.com
Last updated July 2016.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 July 2016.
Firearms must remain on board.
Animals must remain on board and are not allowed ashore.
Last updated July 2016.
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. There is no no guarantee it can be arranged locally.
Light dues of £15 are payable at the Assistant Harbour Master’s Office.
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 £15 per person is payable at the Police Office (Children under 12 free).
Last updated March 2016.
Yachts are not allowed to anchor anywhere except Clarence Bay.
By 2017 the Island will become the Atlantic's largest marine reserve. This will mean restrictions on fishing. The Island's government will monitor the reserve using satellite imaging and patrol vessels. It will be looking out for illegal shark finning and fishing of endangered shark species. It will require fishing vessels to use de-hookers and dip nets to free any sharks, turtles and seabirds that are caught by accident.
This is a very friendly island and since few yachts call here, the locals love to talk to you.
Pets for yachts are not permitted to land on Ascension Island.