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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Vanuatu
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Vanuatu

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Very High -

Inbound travel is generally not possible. Government authorities may grant exceptions to specific travellers.

No inbound entry, including for citizens and residents. Government authorities may authorise exceptions, but these are not applicable to the vast majority of travellers.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundReturning citizens, permanent residents and diplomats will be allowed to return but must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility (likely a hotel) upon arrival. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. Following the detection of its first COVID-19 case under quarantine, Vanuatu had temporarily extended the quarantine period for travellers to 28 days. However, most travellers/arrivals can expect a standard 14-day of institutional quarantine. This may be subject to extension depending on a case-by-case basis assessment made by the authorities.

Several repatriation flights are available from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

For more information: https://covid19.gov.vu/
or https://covid19.gov.vu/images/Information-Sheets/Public_Health_Information_Sheet_Quarantine_and_Isolation_V3_English.pdf
(Until further notice)
All approved travellers must be tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior to departure for Vanuatu. Monitor developments on COVID-19 at the National Disaster Management Office Facebook page: facebook.com/ndmo.gov.vu/ and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health’s Health Promotions Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Health-Promotions-Vanuatu-1674266679566197 and the Ministry of Health’s COVID19 Website: https://covid19.gov.vu/
(Until further notice)
OutboundCommercial flights to and from Vanuatu are very limited. Air Vanuatu are running a small number of cargo services with some seats for passengers to Brisbane (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand) and Noumea (New Caledonia).
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticNo restrictions on schools, workplaces, public or private gatherings.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
COVID-19 Transmission Scenario is at 2A (as per https://covid19.gov.vu/).

Under Scenario 2A:
1. No restrictions on schools, workplaces, public or private gatherings
2. Maintenance of handwashing stations
3. Preparation of response plans
4. Follow hygiene and prevention measures

Domestic travel restrictions to Efate has been lifted.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsVanuatu and New Caledonia have announced the creation of the 'Tamtam Bubble', a safe travel bubble between the two countries. Travel will be restricted to the main island of Efate in Vanuatu. The bubble is due to take effect from April.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Vanuatu

COVID-19 information for Vanuatu

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Vanuatu presents a low risk security environment for business travellers and expatriates. The capital Port Vila experiences low rates of crime by regional standards. Regardless, visitors, particularly women, should avoid travelling to remote locations or beaches by themselves as a standard precaution. The country is subject to seismic and volcanic activity throughout the year and to tropical cyclones from November to April.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Vanuatu
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Routine Vaccinations

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