Visa-free countries for Vanuatu citizens
Vanuatu citizens can travel freely to 96 countries, including those that require an electronic travel authorization and visas on arrival.
Visa-free means that no permission is needed for a short stay. Vanuatu passport holders can enter countries with visa-free regime for them freely as long as they follow COVID-19 guidelines if there are any.
eTA, or electronic travel authorisation, is a travel permission that you get online before the trip. Generally, it requires filling out a short online form and paying a fee.
Visa on arrival is a kind of visa you get at the airport upon arrival. To get it, travellers are usually asked to provide their travel documents, hotel reservations, return tickets, and sometimes funds for the duration of the trip.
The freedom of travel provided by the Vanuatu passport is one of the reasons investors from all over the world consider joining the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program.
List of visa-free countries for Vanuatu citizens
|Country||Entry conditions||Duration of stay|
|Armenia||Visa on arrival||120 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Visa-free||90 days|
|Russian Federation||Visa-free||90 days|
|San Marino||Visa-free||90 days|
|United Kingdom||Visa-free||180 days|
|Iran||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Jordan||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Palestinian Territory||Visa-free||30 days|
|Bolivia||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Costa Rica||Visa-free||90 days|
|El Salvador||Visa-free||90 days|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Visa-free||180 days|
|British Virgin Islands||Visa-free||30 days|
|Cayman Islands||Visa-free||180 days|
|Dominican Republic||Visa-free||180 days|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||Visa-free||90 days|
|St. Lucia||Visa-free||42 days|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Visa-free||30 days|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Visa-free||30 days|
|Bangladesh||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Cambodia||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Hong Kong||Visa-free||90 days|
|Laos||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Macao||Visa on arrival||180 days|
|Maldives||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Nepal||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Sri Lanka||eTA||30 days|
|Thailand||Visa on arrival||15 days|
|Timor-Leste||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Burundi||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Cape Verde||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Comores||Visa on arrival||45 days|
|Egypt||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Guinea-Bissau||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Madagascar||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Malawi||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Mauritania||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Mozambique||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Rwanda||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Seychelles||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Sierra Leone||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Somalia||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|St. Helena||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Togo||Visa on arrival||7 days|
|Cook Islands||Visa-free||30 days|
|Marshall Islands||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Nauru||Visa on arrival||180 days|
|Palau Islands||Visa on arrival||30 days|
|Papua New Guinea||Visa on arrival||60 days|
|Samoa||Visa on arrival||60 days|
|Solomon Islands||Visa on arrival||90 days|
|Tonga||Visa on arrival||31 days|
|Tuvalu||Visa on arrival||30 days|
Conditions of entry to popular tourist destinations with a Vanuatu passport
The United Kingdom. Vanuatu passport holders can stay up to six months in the UK without a visa. They only need to provide a travel document that’s valid for the entire duration of their stay.
Hong Kong. For citizens of Vanuatu, Hong Kong doesn’t require a visa for short stays up to 90 days.
Singapore. Singapore allows 30-day travels visa-free to Vanuatu citizens.
The USA. Vanuatu citizens do need a visa to travel to the USA. However, they can apply for a 5-year B-1/B-2 tourist visa that allows staying in the country for up to 180 days a year. A person with this type of visa can study, have business meetings and receive medical treatment in the USA.
Australia. For Australia, Vanuatu citizens do need to get a visa. A tourist visa is valid for 3, 6 or 12 months. It does not allow working or studying in the country.
Europe. Vanuatu citizens can travel visa-free to some European countries, such as Montenegro, Ireland and Monaco. However, when it comes to the Schengen states, Vanuatu passport holders do need to get a visa as the country was removed from the EU visa waiver programme.
To visit countries of the Schengen area, Vanuatu passport holders need to apply for a visa and provide required documents to an embassy in person.
How to obtain a Vanuatu passport
Vanuatu citizenship by investment program allows foreigners to acquire the second citizenship in Vanuatu by making a non-refundable contribution to the government fund.
The contribution has to be $130,000 for the investor only. If they want to add their family members to the application, the investment amount increases. Aside from the non-refundable contribution, the investor is also required to pay a $5,000 Due Diligence fee.
|Expenses||Single investor||Married couple||Family of three||Family of four or more|
+ $15,000 for each subsequent family member
|Due Diligence fee||$5,000||$5,000||$5,000||$5,000|
Along with the investor, their family members are eligible for Vanuatu citizenship under the same contribution:
- their spouse;
- children under 18 years old;
- children from 18 to 25 if they are financially dependent on the investor;
- parents over 65 years old.
About Vanuatu: important things to know before obtaining citizenship
Vanuatu citizenship by investment program does not require its participants to visit the country or reside there for any time. However, they do have the right to do so and stay in Vanuatu for as long as they wish.
Here’s some basic information about Vanuatu that might be useful to know for those considering getting second citizenship in the country:
Location. The Republic of Vanuatu is located in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. Vanuatu’s closest neighbours are Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Australia.
The territory of the country includes 83 islands, of which 65 are inhabited.
Cities. The capital of Vanuatu is the city of Port Vila, which is located in the island of Efate, Port Vila is the largest city of the country and the economic centre of the country. It has a population of 51,500, which is nearly 20 percent of the country’s total population.
The second largest city is called Luganville. It’s located on the island of Espiritu Santo and has a population of 17,700.
Climate. The climate in Vanuatu is humid and tropical. The average temperature is around +27º and gets hotter during the rainy season, which lasts from December to April.
Sights. Natural wonders are the main attractions of Vanuatu. The country boasts picturesque mountains, beautiful volcanoes, white sand beaches, high waterfalls, and underwater caves.
Population. The population of Vanuatu is about 300,000 people. Most of the population are indigenous people “ni-Vanuatu”. They make up 99% of the country’s population. The remaining 1% are immigrants from other countries in Oceania, as well as from Europe and Asia.
Language. There are three official languages in Vanuatu — Bislama, English, and French. Bislama is a Creole language derived from English.
Frequently asked questions
The Vanuatu passport allows travelling visa-free to 96 countries, which makes it the 50th strongest passport in the world.
To enter the USA, Vanuatu citizens are required to obtain a visa. However, there are some benefits of owning a Vanuatu passport when it comes to travelling to the USA — it allows applying for a 5-year B-1/B-2 visa.
A person holding a B-1/B-2 visa can stay in the USA for 180 days per year, study, have work meetings and receive medical treatment.
Vanuatu citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. A tourist visa to Australia is valid from 3 to 12 months.
A Vanuatu passport can be acquired with citizenship by investment program. To apply for the program, an investor has to make a non-refundable contribution of at least $130,000 to the government fund, as well as pay a $5,000 Due Diligence fee.
The minimum investment one has to make to apply for Vanuatu citizenship by investment program is $130,000. If there is more than one person in the application, the amount of the contribution increases. The investment is non-profit and non-refundable.
Aside from the investment to the government fund, the applicants are also to pay a $5,000 Due Diligence fee.
A Vanuatu passport allows visa-free entry to 96 countries, including the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Monaco, and Montenegro.