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All About the Vanuatu Visa
Deserted beaches, ancient culture and magma-filled volcanoes are within easy reach in Vanuatu. What’s more, this 80-plus island archipelago has an open visa policy. As such, many travellers – among them US, Australian, British and Japanese nationals – qualify for Vanuatu visa-free travel for up to 30 days within a 180-day period when you hold a valid passport.
Of course, even for travellers exempt from authorisations, it’s important to know what to expect when arriving at the airport and what information you’ll need. This is Byevisa’s job, and we’ve worked hard to consolidate all the need-to-know information into just a few steps. We’ll tell you what documents to prepare and how to even extend your trip if you want more time exploring this Pacific country’s hidden islands.
Furthermore, for those who need an entry permit, we’ve looked into the steps needed to request your Single-Entry travel pass and have compiled all the information you’ll need to complete the application form.
In short, we’re your go-to source for up-to-date visa information! Keep reading and we’ll have you exploring the Mele Cascades and admiring the lava flows at Mt. Yasur in no time.
Vanuatu Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Currently, 120 nationalities are able to apply for a Vanuatu visa waiver directly at the airport.
In this case, there is no need to fill in an application beforehand. You’ll just need to present the immigration form distributed on your flight and show a passport with at least 6 months validity and 1 blank page. Once these have been verified, your Visa upon Arrival (VoA) for Vanuatu will be stamped in your passport.
To see if you can travel to Vanuatu visa-free, you’ll first have to see if a few conditions apply to you:
- You are not a prohibited immigrant (you have no record that would give immigration officials a reason to deny your entry).
- You are not suffering from a contagious disease or a mental condition that would be a risk to the local community.
- You have the financial means to support yourself and any dependents who are travelling with you.
- You have a return ticket within 30 days of your arrival (or, if you are travelling to a 3rd country, make sure you have the proper authorisation to enter, as well).
If these 4 points apply to you, then you can check to see if your nationality is eligible by selecting it in our eligibility checker tool below.
Or, alternatively, find your nationality in our Vanuatu visa-free countries list below:
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
The Republic of Korea
The Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Vanuatu Visa Application Process
To get your Republic of Vanuatu visa, there are a few main steps to follow:
- First, you’ll have to download the application checklist and form from the Department of Immigration and Passport Services website. Alternatively, you can find your nearest embassy online and download these forms from here. For help finding your embassy, try using our Embassy Finder Tool.
- Next, you’ll need to contact your embassy to request an appointment to apply for a visitor visa. Any person visiting this island nation for tourism or unpaid business purposes qualifies for this type of document.
- On the day of your appointment, you’ll need to present your passport (valid at least 6 months past your dates of travel and with at least 2 blank pages) along with other supporting documentation that demonstrates your intention to leave the country at the end of 30 days.
- Once this step is complete, all you have to do is wait. The embassy will contact you at the email indicated on your application when the process is complete. And that’s it! Pack your bags, charge your camera and get ready for 30 days of island fun.
Vanuatu Visa Application Form and Documents
Before attending your consular appointment, you’ll want to go through this checklist to make sure you have everything you need:
- The dated and signed application form.
- A certified copy of the bio page of your national passport and all used pages (i.e. pages with any kind of visa or stamp).
- A return ticket that departs within 30 days of your arrival.
- Evidence of funds or income to support your stay (approximately 360 USD per month).
- Evidence of your genuine intention to depart the country within 30 days. This can be a letter from your employer confirming your annual leave, a letter of invitation from friends or family or any other information showing incentive to leave the country at the end of your stay (e.g. a letter from your university, proof of marriage and or children).
- A certified translation if one of your documents is not in English, French or Bislama.
It’s recommended that you collect all of these documents plus 1 copy of each. To fill in your visitor permit application form, you’ll need this information:
- The dates of your visit.
- Your given and family names.
- Your gender.
- Your place and date of birth.
- Your passport number, date and place of issue.
- Information on any other nationalities (in the case that you hold more than one).
- Your marital status and the name of your spouse.
- Your address and contact number.
- The reasons for your visit.
- The address and contact number of your accommodation in Vanuatu.
- Details about previous visits to this country.
- Information about your mental and physical health.
- Your employment status and contact details.
- Evidence of funds.
- The contact information of the friends or family who will be supporting/hosting you during your travels.
In addition, once you’ve boarded the plane en route to this tropical destination, you’ll be asked to fill in an immigration form. To complete this you’ll simply need your flight number, the address of your accommodation and your dates of travel. Be sure to bring a pen and fill in the form clearly, as this is the last step standing between you and your island getaway.
How Much Does a Vanuatu Visa Cost?
If you qualify for visa-free entry, the VoA will be stamped in your passport free of charge.
If you are not exempt, the Vanuatu visa fee is 3,600 VUV (Vanuatu vatu, approximately 33 USD). This amount should be paid to the embassy by money order or cashier’s cheque. For specific payment details, it’s a good idea to check with your particular consular section when making your visa appointment.
Visa to Vanuatu Status Check
If you are exempt from needing a travel authorisation, there’s no need to worry about your permit in advance. It will be issued upon arrival once you present your valid passport.
If you are applying for your pass through an embassy or consulate, you will have to follow up with the consular section directly for information on your status. In most cases, the main mode of communication with the embassies will be by email and they will let you know once your documents are available for pickup.
More Vanuatu Visa Questions and Information
Still curious about travel to this Pacific paradise? Check out our FAQ section below for more information on the Vanuatu visa policy.
If you need to request an authorisation from an embassy, we would recommend contacting the consular section at least 3 months prior to your trip. This ensures that they have time to schedule you for an appointment and you have time to gather all of your documents.
- Proof of a return flight.
- A bank statement.
- An Immigration bond.
- Approval duration.
- 2 passport-size photos.
- A fee of 6,000 VUV (54 USD) for 4 months or 12,000 VUV (108 USD) for over 4 months.
- A copy of the first page of your passport.
If you are applying through a consulate, then your passport will be returned to you with the authorisation sticker inside.
In general, however, if you follow the instructions above and take care to fill in the application form completely and correctly, there should be little reason to worry about your request being denied.