Second citizenship

Visa-free travels for Vanuatu passport holders

Vanuatu citizens can travel visa-free to 96 countries, including the UK, Israel, Singapore, and Hong Kong. They also can obtain a 5-year visa to the USA.

Foreign investors who want to enjoy visa-free travel and other benefits of a Vanuatu passport can obtain it by applying for Vanuatu citizenship by investment program.

Vanuatu visa-free countries

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

CountryEntry conditions Duration of stay
EUROPE
AndorraVisa-free90 days
Armenia Visa on arrival120 days
BelarusVisa-free30 days 
Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-free90 days
GibraltarVisa-free180 days
KosovoVisa-free90 days
MoldovaVisa-free90 days
MonacoVisa-free90 days
MontenegroVisa-free90 days
Russian FederationVisa-free90 days
San MarinoVisa-free90 days
United KingdomVisa-free180 days
IrelandVisa-free90 days
MIDDLE EAST
Iran Visa on arrival30 days
IsraelVisa-free90 days
Jordan Visa on arrival30 days
Palestinian TerritoryVisa-free30 days
AMERICAS
BermudaVisa-free180 days
Bolivia Visa on arrival90 days
Costa RicaVisa-free90 days
EcuadorVisa-free90 days
El SalvadorVisa-free90 days
GuatemalaVisa-free90 days
HondurasVisa-free90 days
NicaraguaVisa-free90 days
PanamaVisa-free90 days 
PeruVisa-free180 days
CARIBBEAN
AnguillaVisa-free180 days
Antigua and BarbudaVisa-free180 days
BahamasVisa-free90 days
BarbadosVisa-free90 days
British Virgin IslandsVisa-free30 days
Cayman IslandsVisa-free180 days
DominicaVisa-free180 days
Dominican RepublicVisa-free180 days
GrenadaVisa-free90 days
HaitiVisa-free90 days
JamaicaVisa-free30 days
MontserratVisa-free180 days
St. Kitts and NevisVisa-free90 days
St. LuciaVisa-free42 days
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-free30 days
Trinidad and TobagoVisa-free30 days
ASIA
Bangladesh Visa on arrival30 days
Cambodia Visa on arrival30 days
Hong Kong Visa-free90 days
IndonesiaVisa-free30 days
Laos Visa on arrival30 days
Macao Visa on arrival180 days
MalaysiaVisa-free30 days
Maldives Visa on arrival30 days
Nepal Visa on arrival90 days
PhilippinesVisa-free30 days
SingaporeVisa-free30 days
Sri LankaeTA30 days
Thailand Visa on arrival15 days
Timor-Leste Visa on arrival30 days
AFRICA
BotswanaVisa-free90 days
Burundi Visa on arrival90 days
Cape Verde Visa on arrival30 days
Comores Visa on arrival45 days
Egypt Visa on arrival30 days
Eswatini Visa-free30 days
GambiaVisa-free90 days
Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival90 days
KenyaVisa-free90 days
LesothoVisa-free90 days
Madagascar Visa on arrival90 days
Malawi Visa on arrival30 days
Mauritania Visa on arrival90 days
MauritiusVisa-free90 days
Mozambique Visa on arrival30 days
Rwanda Visa on arrival30 days
SenegalVisa-free90 days
Seychelles Visa on arrival90 days
Sierra LeoneVisa on arrival30 days
Somalia Visa on arrival30 days
St. Helena Visa on arrival30 days
TanzaniaVisa-free90 days
Togo Visa on arrival7 days
UgandaVisa-free90 days
ZambiaVisa-free90 days
ZimbabweVisa-free90 days
OCEANIA
Cook IslandsVisa-free30 days
FijiVisa-free120 days
KiribatiVisa-free30 days
Marshall Islands Visa on arrival30 days
MicronesiaVisa-free30 days
Nauru Visa on arrival180 days
NiueVisa-free30 days
Palau Islands Visa on arrival30 days
Papua New Guinea Visa on arrival60 days
Samoa Visa on arrival60 days
Solomon Islands Visa on arrival90 days
Tonga Visa on arrival31 days
Tuvalu Visa on arrival30 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.

ExpensesSingle investorMarried coupleFamily of threeFamily of four or more
Non‑refundable contribution $130,000$150,000$165,000$180,000
+ $15,000 for each subsequent family member
Due Diligence fee$5,000$5,000$5,000$5,000
Administrative fees$129$215$301$385+

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. 

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Mele Cascades Waterfalls is one of the most well-known attractions on the Efate island. It’s just a 20-minute drive from Port Vila.

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Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna is an active volcano, it erupts 10-20 times every hour. On the rim of Yasur’s crater stands the world’s only post box on top of a volcano.

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The Champagne beach on the island of Espiritu Santo is one of the most famous ones in the country. It is regularly visited by tourists and cruise boats from Australia.

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

How strong is the Vanuatu passport?

The Vanuatu passport allows travelling visa-free to 96 countries, which makes it the 50th strongest passport in the world. 

Can Vanuatu citizens travel to the USA?

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.

Can I travel to Australia with a Vanuatu passport?

Vanuatu citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. A tourist visa to Australia is valid from 3 to 12 months.

How to get a Vanuatu passport?

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. 

How much does it cost to obtain a Vanuatu passport?

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.

How many countries can I enter visa-free with a Vanuatu passport?

A Vanuatu passport allows visa-free entry to 96 countries, including the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Monaco, and Montenegro. 

Visa-free travels for Vanuatu passport holders
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