Citizens from all Commonwealth countries, European Economic Community member countries..Travel Health
As a beautiful tropical to subtropical paradise, most visitors have a trouble-free..Local Currency
The currency of Vanuatu is the vatu (VUV or VT), with no smaller units in use. Banknotes..Weather
Vanuatu’s climate ranges from tropical to subtropical with a wet season lasting from..Local Customs
Visitors to Vanuatu find the locals warm, friendly and welcoming. Vanuatu’s population..Languages
Vanuatu is regarded as the most linguistically diverse nation on earth, with over 100..Transport Options
Located 6km north of Port Vila, Vanuatu’s international airport is called Bauerfield...Travel Tips
Beware of souvenir sellers who raise their prices when cruise ships are in dock. Many of..Local Food
Vanuatu’s cuisine combines fish, root vegetables (taro, yams, sweet potatoes), and a..Local Timezones
Vanuatu has one time zone. It is eleven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+11) and..Dutyfree Limits
Passengers over 15 years may bring in 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars or..
As a beautiful tropical to subtropical paradise, most visitors have a trouble-free experience, although Vanuatu has potential health issues common to other tropical locations. Malaria is endemic to the area all year round, and visitors are advised to discuss anti malaria medication with their doctor well in advance of arriving in the country. Dengue fever, another mosquito-born disease, has also been on the increase in recent years. There is no vaccination for dengue fever so the most important precaution is to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. The application of a quality insect repellent is highly recommended, as is suitable lightweight clothing which covers the arms and legs. Vaccinations should also be considered for protection against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), tetanus and diphtheria. Being so close to the equator, the sun can be very strong, so sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses is recommended.
Although there are no deadly snakes, spiders or insects in Vanuatu, shark attacks have been reported, and the island shores are home to the very poisonous stonefish. Although a small number of introduced saltwater crocodiles are present, the risk of attack is considered very low.
Water quality in Port Vila is generally considered to be safe and drinkable but in other areas it is advised that boiled tap water or bottled water is used. Also, it is best to avoid ice in these areas. If eating in places other than establishments with recognised high standards of hygiene and food preparation, make sure that all meats and poultry are thoroughly cooked and served hot, fruit and vegetables are peeled, and salads are washed in clean water. As in all tropical countries, any minor cuts, scratches (especially from coral) or insect bites should be treated immediately, as infections can set in quickly and may prove difficult to treat if ignored.
Although the medical facilities in Port Vila are considered to be adequate for minor problems, medical help in other areas may be of a lower standard or difficult to find. Often medical services will need to be paid for up-front, with more serious cases requiring very costly medical evacuation to either Australia or New Zealand. Medical travel insurance which includes medical evacuation and covers any planned activities (such as scuba diving) is considered essential.
Vanuatu is located in a highly volcanic area with some volcanoes being quite active and powerful earthquakes not uncommon. Due to its location, Vanuatu is prone to cyclones (hurricanes) and on average suffers between two and three per year in the cyclone season from November to April.
Even though levels of crime in Vanuatu are fairly low, common sense should be used when walking in some areas at night, especially when alone. Likewise, belongings and valuables can always be a tempting target, so keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
Road conditions outside of the capital are generally poor, with the driving habits of the locals often equally so. If any kind of vehicle rental is being considered, it is recommended that caution is used at all times.
For emergency services, dial 22333 for fire, 22222 for police and 221000 for medical assistance in Vanuatu.
We strongly advise that all Australian travellers check the latest travel advice on the Australian Government Smart Traveller site.