Destination

South Pacific

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29th edition
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Useful information

Some essential information in terms
of health, customs, transport, good to
know before leaving for the land of

Bislama, vatu, volcanoes and lap-lap...

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Visa

On arrival in Vanuatu, your passeport must be valid for a further six months and you have to show that you have a return ticket. 

You will not need a visa if you are a citizen of a Commonwealth or European Union country, or of the following countries: Norway, Fiji, Switzerland,Japan, Philippines, South Korea, United States.

If you are coming from afar, from Europe for instance, and you are transiting through Australia, you will
need an Australian electronic
tourist visa, even for a brief stopover in Sydney or Brisbane.
You will need apply for a e651 Visitor visa on Australian Immigration authorities website

For all other nationalities and for stays in excess of 30 days visitors have to go and see the Department of Immigration,Lini Highway, Port-Vila (678) 22 354, vis@vanuatu.gov.vu or on Vanuatu immigration website.

Transport in the islands

On the road: in Vanuatu, we drive on the right. The speed is limited to 50 km/h in town and 80 km/h in the country.
There is everything you need to travel by road, at least in Port-Vila. Cars and vans for rent (beware, there are very few filling stations outside the urban areas), taxis, fitted with meters, and hundreds of private minibuses offering basic comfort but a regular well organized service. You simply flag the driver down and tell him where you want to go. A bus fare costs 150 Vatu around the town perimeter. Confirm the cost with the driver before.

- By plane - Islands to islands:
- from Port-Vila, Air Vanuatu flies operates regular flights to most islands. More information:

- Air Vanuatu: www.airvanuatu.com.
- Air Alizé - Private Charter & Aeromedical evacuation. Cie settled in Nouméa (687) 28 91 96 / (678) 555 4455

- By sea - Islands to islands
passenger-carrying coastal traders do not provide a regular service between the islands. For the schedules, please contact MV Bedjida 25 255 or MV Vanuatu Ferry 26 999 / 77 62064 or MV Brisk & MV Tina1 36 517.



 

International Flights

Air Vanuatu provides flights to Australia, under a codeshare
agreement with Qantas, to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
There are also flights to New Zealand twice weekly from Vila with Air Vanuatu, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and out of Auckland with Air New Zealand on Sundays.
For more information, go to Airlines page

Sea Ports of entry - Yachting

The only approved ports of entry are Port-Vila on Efate, Lenakel on Tanna, Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, and Sola which is located on Vanua Lava (Banks islands).
Vanuatu is fast becoming one of the South Pacific’s most desired & unique Yachting and Superyachting destinations.
For information and key services
contact information, click HERE

Customs

On arrival: every passenger
over 18 years of age can bring in:

  • - 250 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco or 25 cigars ou 100 cigarillos;
  • - 2 ltr of alcohol or 2 ltr of wine or 9 ltr of beer;
  • - 25 cl of eau de toilette or 10 cl of perfume;
  • - The equivalent of 50 000 vatus per person (about 50 000 FCFP or $500 AUD) worth of new items.

On departure:
The transport out of the country of natural items must be subject to an export permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation, (678) 25 302 / 59 05041, and a Quarantine certificate must be obtained from the Biosecurity Vanuatu, (678) 33580 / 23519, biosecurity@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Contacts

Diplomatic missions in Port-Vila

• Ambassade de France, 28700
• Australian High Commission, 22777
• Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, 23598
• New Zealand High Commission, 22933
• Alliance Française, 22947

Electricity

Vanuatu runs on 220-280 volts, 50 hertz. Plugs are the threepin Australian model. But not to worry, if you do not have a travel adapter, you can find one in most shops selling electrical appliances.

Local time

Vanuatu is located at GMT + 11. There is no summer or winter time. However, there may be a time difference with Australia and New Zealand, between one and two hours depending on season and location.

Business hours

Public institutions and private sector are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Banks, supermarkets and the Post Office are open throughout lunch and the larger shops close at 7pm. Some of them are also open on Sunday morning.

 

 

Useful information

Some essential information in terms of health, customs, transport, good to know before leaving for the land of Bislama, vatu, volcanoes and lap-lap ...

Visa

On arrival in Vanuatu, your passeport must be valid for a further six months and you have to show that you have a return ticket. 

You will not need a visa if you are a citizen of a Commonwealth or European Union country, or of the following countries: Norway, Fiji, Switzerland,Japan, Philippines, South Korea, United States.

If you are coming from afar, from Europe for instance, and you are transiting through Australia, you will
need an Australian electronic
tourist visa, even for a brief stopover in Sydney or Brisbane.
You will need apply for a e651 Visitor visa on Australian Immigration authorities website

For all other nationalities and for stays in excess of 30 days visitors have to go and see the Department of Immigration,Lini Highway, Port-Vila (678) 22 354, vis@vanuatu.gov.vu or on Vanuatu immigration website.

International Flights

Air Vanuatu provides flights to Australia, under a codeshare
agreement with Qantas, to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
There are also flights to New Zealand twice weekly from Vila with Air Vanuatu, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and out of Auckland with Air New Zealand on Sundays.
For more information, go to Airlines page

Sea Ports of entry - Yachting

The only approved ports of entry are Port-Vila on Efate, Lenakel on Tanna, Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, and Sola which is located on Vanua Lava (Banks islands).
Vanuatu is fast becoming one of the South Pacific’s most desired & unique Yachting and Superyachting destinations.
For information and key services
contact information, click HERE

Customs

On arrival: every passenger
over 18 years of age can bring in:

  • - 250 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco or 25 cigars ou 100 cigarillos;
  • - 2 ltr of alcohol or 2 ltr of wine or 9 ltr of beer;
  • - 25 cl of eau de toilette or 10 cl of perfume;
  • - The equivalent of 50 000 vatus per person (about 50 000 FCFP or $500 AUD) worth of new items.

On departure:
The transport out of the country of natural items must be subject to an export permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation, (678) 25 302 / 59 05041, and a Quarantine certificate must be obtained from the Biosecurity Vanuatu, (678) 33580 / 23519, biosecurity@vanuatu.gov.vu

Transport in the islands

On the road: in Vanuatu, we drive on the right. The speed is limited to 50 km/h in town and 80 km/h in the country.
There is everything you need to travel by road, at least in Port-Vila. Cars and vans for rent (beware, there are very few filling stations outside the urban areas), taxis, fitted with meters, and hundreds of private minibuses offering basic comfort but a regular well organized service. You simply flag the driver down and tell him where you want to go. A bus fare costs 150 Vatu around the town perimeter. Confirm the cost with the driver before.

- By plane - Islands to islands:
- from Port-Vila, Air Vanuatu flies operates regular flights to most islands. More information:

- Air Vanuatu: www.airvanuatu.com.
- Air Alizé - Private Charter & Aeromedical evacuation. Cie settled in Nouméa 289196  / 5554455

- By sea - Islands to islands
passenger-carrying coastal traders do not provide a regular service between the islands. For the schedules, please contact MV Bedjida 25 255 or MV Vanuatu Ferry 26 999 / 77 62064 or MV Brisk & MV Tina1 36 517.

Electricity

Vanuatu runs on 220-280 volts, 50 hertz. Plugs are the threepin Australian model. But not to worry, if you do not have a travel adapter, you can find one in most shops selling electrical appliances.

Local time

Vanuatu is located at GMT + 11. There is no summer or winter time. However, there may be a time difference with Australia and New Zealand, between one and two hours depending on season and location.

Business hours

Public institutions and private sector are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Banks, supermarkets and the Post Office are open throughout lunch and the larger shops close at 7pm. Some of them are also open on Sunday morning.

Important Contacts

Diplomatic missions in Port-Vila

• Ambassade de France, 28700
• Australian High Commission, 22777
• Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, 23598
• New Zealand High Commission, 22933
• Alliance Française, 22947