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March 21, 2022
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What benefits does a Vanuatu passport give?

Wealthy people get Vanuatu citizenship by investment as it provides various benefits. Vanuatu passport holders can:

  • travel visa-free to Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and ninety-one other countries;

  • get a long-term visa to the USA;

  • study at British universities on preferential terms;

  • optimise taxes for themselves and their business.

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What benefits does a Vanuatu passport give?

A foreigner gets a right to become a Vanuatu citizen if they have lived on the island for at least 10 years, married a country citizen, or rendered an essential service to the state. At the same time, the easiest and fastest way to get a passport is to take part in the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program.

The Vanuatu citizenship program is the fastest in the world. Investors get their passports within 1 or 2 months after applying. There are not any investment options to choose from. All applicants need to make a non-refundable contribution of at least $130,000 to the National Development Fund.

Visa-free countries with the Vanuatu passport

The Vanuatu passport allows visa-free entry to 95 countries.

The EU and the Schengen Agreement countries have partially suspended the visa-free regimes with Vanuatu. After May 25th, 2015, those who obtained Vanuatu citizenship now have to get a visa to enter the EU and Schengen countries. The term of the suspension is yet unknown.

Ireland is the only EU country that can still be visited without a visa on a Vanuatu passport, as it is not part of the Schengen Agreement and has its own agreement with Vanuatu.

Asia. Vanuatu сitizens are also exempt from visa requirements for travel to popular business destinations in Asia, namely Hong Kong and Singapore. In Singapore, they may stay up to 30 days, whereas in Hong Kong, a 90-day stay is permitted.

Complete list of visa-free countries for Vanuatu passport holders

Country

Entry conditions

Time of stay

Europe

1

Andorra

Visa-free

90 days

2

Belarus

Visa-free

30 days

3

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visa-free

90 days out of 180

4

Gibraltar

Visa-free

180 days

5

Ireland

Visa-free

90 days

6

Kosovo

Visa-free

90 days

7

Moldova

Visa-free

90 days out of 180

8

Monaco

Visa-free

90 days out of 180

9

Montenegro

Visa-free

90 days

10

Russian Federation

Visa-free

90 days out of 180

11

San Marino

Visa-free

10 days

Asia

1

Armenia

Visa on arrival

120 days

2

Bangladesh

Visa on arrival

30 days

3

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

30 days

4

Hong Kong

Visa-free

90 days

5

Indonesia

Visa-free

30 days

6

Iran

Visa on arrival

30 days

7

Israel

Visa-free

90 days

8

Jordan

Visa on arrival

30 days

9

Laos

Visa on arrival

30 days

10

Macau

Visa on arrival

14 to 180 days

11

Malaysia

Visa-free

30 days

12

Maldives

Visa on arrival

30 days

13

Nepal

Visa on arrival

90 days

14

Palestinian Territory

Visa-free

21 day

15

Philippines

Visa-free

30 days

16

Singapore

Visa-free

30 days

17

Sri Lanka

Electronic travel authorization

30 days

18

Thailand

Visa on arrival

15 days

19

Timor-Leste

Visa on arrival

30 days

Africa

1

Botswana

Visa-free

90 days a year

2

Burundi

Visa on arrival

30 days

3

Cape Verde Islands

Visa on arrival

30 days

4

Comoro Islands

Visa on arrival

45 days

5

Egypt

Visa on arrival

30 days

6

Eswatini

Visa-free

30 days

7

Gambia

Visa-free

90 days

8

Guinea-Bissau

Visa on arrival

90 days

9

Kenya

Visa-free

90 days

10

Lesotho

Visa-free

90 days

11

Madagascar

Visa on arrival

30, 60 or 90 days

12

Malawi

Visa on arrival

90 days

13

Mauritania

Visa on arrival

30 days

14

Mauritius

Visa-free

90 days

15

Mozambique

Visa on arrival

30 days

16

Rwanda

Visa on arrival

90 days

17

Saint Helena

Visa on arrival

183 days

18

Senegal

Visa-free

90 days

19

Seychelles

Visa on arrival

90 days

20

Sierra Leone

Visa on arrival

30 days

21

Somalia

Visa on arrival

30 days

22

Tanzania

Visa-free

90 days

23

Togo

Visa on arrival

7 days

24

Uganda

Visa-free

90 days

25

Zambia

Visa-free

90 days

26

Zimbabwe

Visa-free

90 days

North America

1

Anguilla

Visa-free

90 days

2

Antigua and Barbuda

Visa-free

30 days

3

Bahamas

Visa-free

30 days

4

Barbados

Visa-free

180 days

5

Bermuda

Visa-free

21 days

6

British Virgin Islands

Visa-free

180 days

7

Cayman islands

Visa-free

180 days

8

Costa Rica

Visa-free

30 days

9

Dominica

Visa-free

182 days

10

Dominican Republic

Visa-free

90 days

11

Grenada

Visa-free

90 days

12

Guatemala

Visa-free

90 days

13

Haiti

Visa-free

90 days

14

Honduras

Visa-free

90 days

15

Jamaica

Visa-free

180 days

16

Montserrat

Visa-free

180 days

17

Nicaragua

Visa-free

90 days

18

Panama

Visa-free

180 days

19

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Visa-free

90 days

20

Saint Lucia

Visa-free

42 days

21

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Visa-free

30 days

22

Salvador

Visa-free

90 days

23

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa-free

90 days out of 180

South America

1

Bolivia

Visa on arrival

90 days

2

Ecuador

Visa-free

90 days

3

Peru

Visa-free

180 days

Oceania

1

Cook Islands

Visa-free

31 days

2

Fiji

Visa-free

120 days

3

Kiribati

Visa-free

120 days a year

4

Marshall Islands

Visa on arrival

90 days

5

Micronesia

Visa-free

30 days

6

Nauru

Visa on arrival

N/D

7

Niue

Visa-free

30 days

8

Palau Islands

Visa on arrival

30 days

9

Papua New Guinea

Visa on arrival

60 days

10

Samoa

Visa on arrival

60 days

11

Solomon Islands

Visa on arrival

90 days

12

Tonga

Visa on arrival

31 days

13

Tuvalu

Visa on arrival

30 days

Long-term visas to the USA

Vanuatu citizens are eligible to apply for a 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa to the USA. The visa allows spending up to 180 days a year in the USA. This type of visa suits those who would like to hold business meetings, travel around the country, receive medical treatment and sign up for educational courses that do not lead to a diploma or a degree.

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Scholarships at British universities

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for citizens of Vanuatu who would like to study at British universities. Children of investors that received Vanuatu passports under the citizenship program are also eligible for certain scholarships. For example, to the Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships.

Tax optimisation

In Vanuatu, there are no taxes on wealth, capital gains and inheritance, and dividends, interest, stock and global income. To optimise taxation, a citizen needs to become a tax resident of the country. To obtain tax residence, citizens must spend at least 183 days per year in Vanuatu.

There is another option that may help reduce the tax burden. Investors can register an International Business Company (IBC) in Vanuatu, which is exempt from taxes for 20 years. Instead of taxes, such companies annually pay $300 to the budget of Vanuatu.

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Freedom of movement and a new business with the Vanuatu passport

Narong found political asylum in Germany but could not get a residence permit in the country for a long time. He lived under the threat of deportation and had no right to travel or start his own business.

With the help of Immigrant Invest lawyers, the investor got Vanuatu citizenship without leaving Germany. Now Narong’s company is registered in Vanuatu and entitled to preferential tax treatment.

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Benefits of the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program

Investors are attracted by the advantages of the Vanuatu citizenship program. Issuance of passports is fast and easy while their cost is relatively low. Statistics confirm the interest in the program: investors received 6,500 Vanuatu passports from 2014 to 2019.

1. Fast issuance of passports. Vanuatu is a fast-track second citizenship program. Obtaining a Vanuatu passport takes only 1 to 2 months. The procedure is faster than under the alternative programs in Caribbean countries, where foreigners may receive passports on average within 3 to 6 months.

2. Citizenship for the family. Besides investors themselves, passports can also be obtained by family members: a spouse, children under 25 and parents over 50 years old. Children 18 to 25 years old cannot be married when issuing passports. Yet, filing citizenship for the whole family increases participation costs in the CBI program.

3. Relatively low cost. The Vanuatu citizenship program offers the only investment option of contributing to a state fund. The investor alone needs to pay $130,000, whereas an applicant with a spouse donates $150,000. An additional $15,000 must be paid for each child or parent.

In addition, each applicant pays $5,000 for Due Diligence. The cost does not depend on the number of family members included in the application. There are also fees for filing an application and issuing certificates of naturalisation. Expenses for each family member are about $130.

Individual cost calculation of the Vanuatu citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the Vanuatu citizenship

4. Remote obtaining of citizenship. Investors do not need to visit the country to take part in the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program and submit an application. Applicants may get their passports without a single visit to Vanuatu.

To get a Vanuatu passport, one needs to take an oath of allegiance. Investors can either come to Vanuatu and do it there or pay an additional fee and invite the commissioner for Oaths and migration officers to a convenient place.

The oath is to be taken by the investor and their spouse. Having taken the oath, applicants obtain their passports.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How strong is a Vanuatu passport?

    A Vanuatu passport was lowered to 55th in the passport ranking on May 4th, 2022. It happened due to the restrictions imposed by the EU: now, Vanuatu citizens have to obtain a visa to enter EU countries.

    Popular business destinations such as Singapore and Hong Kong are still on the visa-free list for Vanuatu citizens. In total, Vanuatu passport holders can visit 95 countries without visas.

  • How many countries can Vanuatu passport holders enter without visas?

    95 countries can be entered on a Vanuatu passport visa-free. The popular destinations are Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong. Visa-free entry to the Schengen Area has been suspended since May 4th, 2022.

  • Can I visit the US visa-free on a Vanuatu passport?

    No, to enter the USA, Vanuatu citizens apply for a visa. Yet, Vanuatu passport holders can get a long-term visa. It is a 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa that allows spending up to 180 days a year in the USA.

  • Does Vanuatu allow dual citizenship?

    Yes, Vanuatu does not impose any restrictions on multiple citizenship. When foreigners get a Vanuatu passport, they do not have to renounce their first citizenship.

  • Is the Vanuatu citizenship process complex?

    Issuance of Vanuatu passports is fast and easy while their cost is relatively low. Obtaining Vanuatu citizenship takes only 1—2 months. The minimum investment under the program is $130,000.