Visiting the Island
Before visiting Ascension you will need to apply for permission, in the form of an entry permit. You must also have comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
Unless you are in an exempt category if you wish to travel to Ascension for any purpose you must obtain a valid Entry Permit in advance and produce this to the Immigration Officer on arrival. Failure to do so is an offence under the Entry Control (Ascension) Ordinance and may result in a fine, and/or imprisonment. You may also be refused permission to land and be required to leave on the aircraft or vessel that you arrived on. It is also a condition of the Entry Permit that you have obtained adequate travel and medical insurance to cover your stay including the possibility of air evacuation, which can be very expensive. You should be prepared to show this to the Immigration Officer on arrival.
Entry Permit Applications
“Please note that we experienced a technical problem with the Online Entry Permits during the past 3 weeks – therefore, if you submitted an online permit application and haven’t yet had a reply, we would very much appreciate it if you would please resubmit your application, Thank You.”
Applications for Entry Permits should be made well in advance, preferably at least 28 days before your intended travel, except in case of genuine emergency. Note that flight bookings need to be confirmed before the 14 day cut-off point before a flight. If the deadline is not met your ability to travel will be affected as this is a Ministry of Defence Requirement. Bookings cannot be confirmed until you have been issued with an Entry Permit.