Travel to Vanuatu

Vanuatu: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: all Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Fiji, Japan, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland and the USA.

In principle, the passport must be valid for more than four months beyond the intended departure date, and a return or onward travel ticket must be presented.

Citizens of other nationalities can apply for the visa at the address of the Immigration Service:

Immigration Department PMB 014, Port Vila Vanuatu Tel: +678 22354 Fax: +678 25492 Email:

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited.

Exemption from duties

The following are exempt from duties: One liter of hard alcohol, 1.5 liters of wine, 100 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco or 50 cigars, 250 ml eau de toilette, 100 ml perfume and other goods up to a value of 50,000 VT.

The following import bans apply to food that is not originally packed:

  • All seeds such as: grass, flower and vegetable seeds, fruits and vegetables such as: apples, oranges, mangos, melons, papajas, pineapples, carrots, beans
  • Live plants: cut flowers, parts of plants, leaves, seedlings
  • Animal products: milk, cheese, yogurt, sausage, live animals, leather, feathers, honey
  • Vegetable or animal products that must be declared upon entry: gardening tools, camping equipment, used sports equipment such as shoes, golf equipment, etc.


Plants, plant products, animals and animal products may only be imported under certain conditions. Violation is subject to heavy penalties.

Further information can be obtained from the following addresses:

Port Vila Office

Private Mail Bag 095

Port Vila

Tel: (00678) 23519/23130/24212

Fax: (00678) 23185

Santo Office

PO Box 271

Luganvillea, Santo

Tel: (00678) 36275

Fax: (00678) 36225

Departure fee

There is an exit fee with the exception of children under two years of age.

A fee is also charged for domestic flights, but this is usually paid for with the flight ticket.

Vanuatu: Getting There and Transport

How to get to Vanuatu

Vanuatu is around 2.5 hours by flight from Brisbane (Australia), 3.5 hours from Sydney (Australia) and around 2 hours from Auckland (New Zealand).

There are two flights a week to Vanuatu from New Zealand and Honiara (Solomon Islands), nine times a week from Australia, four times a week from Noumea (New Caledonia) and three times a week from Fiji.

Travel to the islands


There is an extensive bus network. Within Port Vila, a minibus marked with a red B costs 100 VT, longer journeys cost 200 VT.


Vanuatu has a total of around 1,070 km of country roads, 256 km of which are tarred and 814 km are gravel roads. There is right-hand traffic.


Taxis have a meter. For longer journeys, however, the fare should be clarified in advance.


There are the following ports on Vanuata: Forari, Port-Vila, Santo (Espiritu Santo)

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Vanuatu’s international license plate is:


Vanuatu: Embassies, Consulates and Tourist Office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Vanuatu embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Vanuatu agencies in Europe

Embassy of the Republic of Vanuatu in Brussels

3/125 Avenue Paul Hymans

1200 Brussels

Tel: 0032 – 2 – 736 9093

Fax: 0032 – 2 – 732 1711


Vanuatu has no other representations in Europe. However, the German embassy in Australia can help with any questions.

German representations in Vanuatu


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy on Vanuatu. The embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra

119 Empire Circuit

Yarralumla, ACT 2600

Tel: 0061 – (0) 2 – 6270 1911

Fax: 0061 – (0) 2 – 6270 1951


The German embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Vanuatu

Austrian representations in Vanuatu


Austria does not have its own embassy on Vanuatu. The embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.

Embassy in Canberra

12 Talbot Street

Forrest, ACT 2603


PO Box 3375

Manuka, ACT 2603

Tel: 0061 – 2 – 6295 1533

Fax: 0061 – 2 – 6239 6751


The Austrian embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

  • Fiji Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

Swiss representations in Vanuatu


Switzerland does not have its own embassy on Vanuatu. The embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.

Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra

7, Melbourne Avenue

Canberra, Forrest, ACT 2603

Tel: 0061 – 2 – 6162 8400

Fax: 0061 – 2 – 6273 3428

http: //www.eda.admin. ch/australia

The Swiss embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tuvalu

Tourist office

Vanuatu Tourism Office

Tel: 00678 – 22 813

Fax: 00678 – 23 889


Vanuatu: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious diseases

In Vanuatu, the following infectious diseases are to be expected in Germany and Central and Northern Europe:

  • Malaria: There is a risk of becoming infected with malaria pathogens all year round on all islands. However, there is little residual risk in the cities of Luganville and Port Vila. About 60% of the infections are caused by the dangerous pathogen of malaria tropica, the rest is the pathogen of malaria tertiana.
  • cholera
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • Filariasis
  • Hepatitis A and B

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Vanuatu are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria: This vaccination should always be carried out or have been carried out, also at home.
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus: This vaccination should always be carried out, including at home.
  • Typhoid: Only for risk travelers who z. B. come into contact with dirty water or contaminated food.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. If the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by product” with you.

Compulsory vaccination

There is no compulsory vaccination when entering the island state.

Current warnings

The tiger shark, which is extremely dangerous for humans, can be found between the islands of Ambryum and Malekula! There are also poisonous sea snakes. As a rule, Vanuatu is hit by 2-3 cyclones (typhoons) per season. In addition, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, heavy rainfall and landslides can be expected.

Information about possible dangers can be found here:

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Vanuatu: Currency and Shopping

The national currency is the Vatu = 100 centimes.

The following valid bills are in circulation:

  • 200 VT
  • 500 VT
  • 1000 VT

and also the following coins:

  • 10 VT
  • 20 VT
  • 50 VT
  • 100 VT

Banks and opening times

The main banks are Westpac (airport branch), ANZ and the Bank of Hawaii.

ANZ opens

Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Westpac and National Bank of Vanuatu are open

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is a branch of the National Bank of Vanuatu at the airport, which is open for every aircraft departure and arrival.

ATMs are only available in Port Vila and Luganville, Santo.

Visa and Mastercard are the most common, Amex and Diner are less accepted.

“Goodies”, an exchange office, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm/6:00 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.


Shop opening times

Larger shops and offices have the following opening times:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Many shops are also open on Saturday mornings.

Smaller shops are open seven days a week, but with a lunch break between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

carvings made of wood, stone and fern tree stumps. Braided baskets, kava, and handicrafts made from seashells are also popular souvenirs. There are a large number of shops in Port Vila that sell counterfeit designer products such as clothes and shoes.


It is not customary to tip or bargain in Vanuatu.

Travel to Vanuatu