Vanuatu citizenship provides freedom of travel to its holder, allowing free entry to 96 countries. These include the UK, Israel and Sri Lanka.
The list of visa-free destinations can change over time — new requirements for entry into a country may arise due to the political situation. For instance, in 2022, all the Schengen countries suspended the visa waiver regime with Vanuatu.
Immigrant Invest recommends checking the requirements for each country on its consulate’s website before travelling.
List of visa-free countries with a Vanuatu passport
|3||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Visa-free|
|13||Armenia||Visa on arrival|
|14||Bangladesh||Visa on arrival|
|15||Cambodia||Visa on arrival|
|16||Hong Kong (SAR China)||Visa-free|
|18||Iran||Visa on arrival|
|20||Jordan||Visa on arrival|
|21||Laos||Visa on arrival|
|22||Macao (SAR China)||Visa on arrival|
|24||Maldives||Visa on arrival|
|25||Nepal||Visa on arrival|
|30||Thailand||Visa on arrival|
|31||Timor-Leste||Visa on arrival|
|33||Bolivia||Visa on arrival|
|43||Antigua and Barbuda||Visa-free|
|46||British Virgin Islands||Visa-free|
|54||St. Kitts and Nevis||Visa-free|
|56||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Visa-free|
|57||Trinidad and Tobago||Visa-free|
|59||Burundi||Visa on arrival|
|60||Cape Verde Islands||Visa on arrival|
|61||Comores Islands||Visa on arrival|
|62||Egypt||Visa on arrival|
|65||Guinea-Bissau||Visa on arrival|
|68||Madagascar||Visa on arrival|
|69||Malawi||Visa on arrival|
|70||Mauritania||Visa on arrival|
|72||Mozambique||Visa on arrival|
|73||Rwanda||Visa on arrival|
|74||Senegal||Visa on arrival|
|75||Seychelles||Visa on arrival|
|76||Sierra Leone||Visa on arrival|
|77||Somalia||Visa on arrival|
|78||St. Helena||Visa on arrival|
|80||Togo||Visa on arrival|
|87||Marshall Islands||Visa on arrival|
|89||Nauru||Visa on arrival|
|91||Palau Islands||Visa on arrival|
|92||Papua New Guinea||Visa on arrival|
|93||Samoa||Visa on arrival|
|94||Solomon Islands||Visa on arrival|
|95||Tonga||Visa on arrival|
|96||Tuvalu||Visa on arrival|
Popular travel destinations with a Vanuatu passport
Visa-free entry allows visiting a country as a tourist. It implies a limited stay and does not allow working or studying in the country.
The UK. As a former territory of Great Britain and now a member of the Commonwealth, Vanuatu maintains a visa-free regime with the United Kingdom. Vanuatu passport holders can travel visa-free to the UK for up to 180 days with no other limitations.
Visa-free entry is allowed only for tourism. For employment, studies or marriage, a special visa is required.
Hong Kong and Singapore. Vanuatu citizens can stay in Hong Kong without visas for up to 90 days and up to 30 days in Singapore.
Australia. Vanuatu citizens need to obtain a visa for Australia, valid for up to 12 months. The acquisition process usually takes 1—2 weeks.
The Schengen Area. Vanuatu citizens need to obtain a visa to travel to the Schengen states.
A tourist visa allows staying in the area for up to 90 days every half a year. The limit applies to the whole area rather than individual countries, meaning one cannot spend 90 days in Portugal and then go to Spain. Travellers must fit all their desired destinations within the Schengen Area within the 90-day limit.
The USA. Vanuatu citizens cannot visit the USA without a visa. However, they can obtain a 5-year visitor visa.
The B-1/B-2 visa allows its holder to travel to the USA for tourism and business purposes. They can visit their family and friends, attend business meetings or speak at conferences. However, this type of visa does not allow studying or working permanently in the country.
Vanuatu passport renewal
Vanuatu passports are valid for 10 years. To enjoy the freedom of travel with it, the passport has to be renewed on time — and for that, one does not have to go to Vanuatu.
The renewal can be done remotely with the help of any Vanuatu consulate or Immigrant Invest.
How to obtain Vanuatu citizenship
One of the easiest and fastest ways to obtain a Vanuatu passport is to join the citizenship by investment program.
The minimal investment is $130,000; the total amount depends on the number of family members included in the application.
Usually, one can acquire Vanuatu citizenship under this program in 2+ months.
Frequently asked questions
A Vanuatu passport enables its holder to enter 96 countries visa-free. This makes it the 49th strongest passport in the world.
Vanuatu citizens can enter 96 countries visa-free, including the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Yes, Vanuatu citizens do need a visa to the USA. They can obtain a 5-year visitor visa.
A Vanuatu passport holder can enter some European countries visa-free. For example, they can freely travel to Andorra, Montenegro, and Moldova.
Regarding the Schengen states, like Germany or France, Vanuatu citizens need a tourist visa. It allows staying in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days every 6 months.