passport of Vanuatu

Vanuatu Passport

Passport rankings out of 193 countries

Freedom of travel101

Asset protection79

Quality of life101

"Plan B"44

About Vanuatu

The Great Himalayas border the territory of the country in the north and northwest. Most of the country's territory is located in mountainous areas, about 1/5 is covered with eternal snow and glaciers. Most of the country's income comes from agriculture, logging, tourism and the sale of postage stamps. Coal, marble, slate, gypsum and limestone are mined in mines in the south of the country.

Population

307 150

Capital

Port Vila

Official language

Bislama, English, French

GDP per capita

$2.763

Time zone

UTC+11

Currency

Vatu

Vanuatu passport rank and benefits

  • 1

    Visa-free travel to 110 countries

    Vanuatu citizens can enter the Hong Kong, Singapore and other destinations visa-free.

  • 2

    Visitor visa to the USA for 5 years

    The Vanuatu passport power allows its holders to get a B-1/B-2 visa to the USA for 5 years. The visa enables spending 180 days per year in the USA to visit relatives, travel, receive medical treatment or attend courses that won't give you a diploma.

  • 3

    Tax optimisation for a company

    Investors register international business companies in Vanuatu. The company's and its shareholders' revenue are exempt from taxes on profits, income, and capital gain for 20 years. Instead of taxes, they pay an annual fee of $300.

Grounds for obtaining a Vanuatu passport

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Birth to citizens of the country

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Marriage to a citizen of the country

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Work for the country's government

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Naturalization

Estimated time: 10 years

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Repatriation

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Adoption

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Parents citizenship

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Special conditions

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Special services to the state

Obtaining a Vanuatu passport by naturalization: requirements for applicants

Knowledge of state language

Assimilation or cultural knowledge

Stable financial status

Good health

No criminal records

Who can get a Vanuatu passport

  • Investor with a legal income

    • 18 years of age or older

    • with no criminal records

    • with good health

    • with $250,000 or more on the bank account

  • Spouse

  • Children under 18

  • Children aged 18 to 25

    • not married

    • financially dependant on the investor

    • studying at a university

  • Parents over 50

Investment conditions

The Vanuatu citizenship by investment program offers only one investment option — a non-refundable contribution to a state fund. The amount depends on the number of applicants:

  • $130,000 for the investor only;

  • $150,000 for a married couple;

  • $15,000 for every additional applicant — a child or parent.

Besides contribution, applicants also pay Due Diligence, processing and legal services fees.

Expenses for a family of 4

Investor, their spouse and two children

Expenses

Amount

Fund contribution

$180,000

Due Diligence

$5,000

Service fees

$387

Total

$185,387

Individual cost calculation for obtaining a Vanuatu passport

The calculation includes all associated expenses, a payment schedule and the cost of legal support services for obtaining citizenship.

Get the cost calculation

Step-by-step procedure for obtaining a Vanuatu passport by investment

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

When an investor contacts Immigrant Invest, our lawyers conduct a preliminary Due Diligence check against international databases. It helps to diminish the possibility of refusal of citizenship: if there are some risks, the lawyers would find out about them and advise what can be done with them.

The check is conducted by a certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer. It is free and confidential: the results are available only to lawyers and investors.

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2

3+ days

Preparation of documents for consideration at FIU

Immigrant Invest lawyers and the investor prepare a package of documents for consideration at the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The investor provides the passport, a police clearance certificate and a CV.

3

Up to 1 week

FIU check

Immigrant Invest lawyers send copies of documents to an agent of the Vanuatu program. The agent passes them over for the FIU Clearance check and then informs them about the results. Officially, the check takes 1 week, but most of the time is done in 3—4 days.

4

3+ weeks

Preparation of documents and filing an application

After FIU approves the application, Immigrant Invest lawyers start preparing the documents for the application. Applicants provide personal and financial records, and lawyers fill in forms and prepare copies.

When the set of documents is ready, it is sent to Vanuatu. The investor pays 25% of the contribution.

5

Up to 2 weeks

Consideration of the application

The application is considered by the Screening Committee and the Citizenship Commission. The check takes up to 2 weeks.

6

Up to 90 days

Fulfilment of investment condition

The investor pays the remaining 75% of the contribution when the approval is obtained. To fulfil the investment condition, the applicant has 90 days.

7

Up to 2 weeks

Taking an oath and collecting the passport

A naturalisation certificate and a passport are prepared in Vanuatu. The investor and their spouse need to take an oath to get the documents. They need to go to Vanuatu or invite a Commissioner of Oaths and an immigration official to the place convenient to the investor.

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the benefits of Vanuatu citizenship?

    The Vanuatu passport is powerful.

    Its holders can travel visa-free to 110 countries, including Hong Kong and Singapore. Moreover, they get visitor visas to the USA for 5 years.

    There’s also an opportunity to optimise business’s taxes if an investor founds an international company in Vanuatu. International companies are exempt from taxes on profit and income. It is enough to pay an annual fee of $300 instead.

  • How to obtain a Vanuatu passport?

    Vanuatu citizenship can be obtained by birth, marriage, naturalisation or investment. To naturalise, foreigners live in Vanuatu for 10 years and learn the country’s language and culture. Vanuatu citizenship by investment can be obtained by applicants who align with the program’s requirements and are ready to contribute $130,000 to the country’s economy. Investors don’t pass language exams and don’t need to come to Vanuatu to collect passports.

  • Who can obtain a Vanuatu passport alongside the investor?

    A spouse, children under 25, and parents over 50.

  • How long does it take to get Vanuatu citizenship by investment?

    The Vanuatu citizenship by investment program is the fastest in the world: investors usually obtain a strong Vanuatu passport in 1—2 months.