Vanuatu (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers will still be required to complete 14 full days of quarantine.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Medical screening is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 10.11.2021
1. Until 31 December 2021, Vanuatu’s borders are closed.
– This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
2. Until 31 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Vanuatu;
– permanent residents of Vanuatu who have resided in Vanuatu for the past 3 years;
– passengers with a residence permit issued before April 2020;
– passengers with a residence visa;
– passengers with a Special Category Visa issued before April 2020 and an approval from immigration.
3. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that:
– they were vaccinated with Janssen at least 28 days before departure; or
– they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
5. Passengers must complete an “Online Travelers Health Registration Form” at mot 72 hours before departure at
6. Passengers are subject to medical screening; and
– a COVID-19 test upon arrival; and
– quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
7. A completed “Airport Health Screening Form” must be presented to immigration upon arrival.
8. Airline crew are subject to medical screening upon arrival and quarantine.


Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to Vanuatu is currently restricted.

Individual who wish to enter Vanuatu borders must meet the following conditions;

-Vanuatu Citizens.

-Permanent Resident ( Physically reside in Vanuatu for the last 3 years )

-Foreigners with valid Residency permit issued before April 2020.

-Business owners with a valid residency visa.

-Dependents of the valid residency visa holders who are currently in Vanuatu. (Dependents will have to apply for a residency visa before arriving to Vanuatu).

-Foreigners with a valid Special Category Visa issued before April 2020 will have to lodge an application to Immigration for consideration before approval will be granted to enter.

-Partners must have a valid residency or Special Category Visa.

All interested passengers to Vanuatu borders must meet the above criteria and are subject to the final approval from Director of Immigration.

If you are travelling from a region or country listed below you must have a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of your flight (or the first flight if you have one or more connecting flights booked for your travel to Vanuatu).

Regions/countries where a pre travel COVID19 test is required are:

Africa (all countries)
Asia (all countries)
Europe (all countries)
North & South America (all countries)
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Guam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, FIJI)

You will be asked to upload evidence of your COVID-19 PCR test when applying for health clearance.

As of 20 August 2021, all travellers to Vanuatu who are 18 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the final dose of a WHO Emergency Use Listed vaccine a minimum of either:

-14 days prior to departure from the travel origin if receiving a vaccine product with 2 recommended doses OR

-28 days prior to departure from the travel origin if receiving a vaccine product with 1 recommended dose

As of 13 October 2021, there are 7 WHO EUL vaccines: Moderna mRNA-1273, Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Ad26.COV2.S, Oxford/AstraZeneca AZD1222, Serum Institute of India Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation), Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) and Sinovac CoronaVac. This list may be subject to update – please check the WHO website. You will be required to upload evidence of vaccination to the Vanuatu Electronic Traveller System when applying for health clearance to enter Vanuatu.

Some Vanuatu citizens in exceptional circumstances may be exempt from this requirement. Exemption will be granted at the discretion of the Government of Vanuatu.

Eligibility for exemption is extremely limited and is not available to those who are not Vanuatu citizens. Those citizens wishing to be considered for exemption can access a request form by emailing the National Health Emergency Operations Center at [email protected]. There is no guarantee that requests will be approved and travellers should plan accordingly.

All people entering Vanuatu are required to complete 14 full days of quarantine, including people who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

All passengers entering Vanuatu (Resident, Citizens and Non-Citizens) are required to pay for their own quarantine cost.

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Lockdown Details

An official national curfew not currently in place, but business operations may limited to prescribed hours. Note that curfews and other measures may be imposed by provincial government authorities.

Effective September 30, 2021, the NCC has designated Western, Eastern Highlands, and West Sepik as “high-risk” provinces, and will implement restrictions on public or religious gatherings, public venues, and domestic passenger movements on aircraft into/within/from these provinces. The only pre-approved travel into/within/from these provinces will be for health workers, business travel, and students. Additional details regarding restrictions applicable to “high-risk” provinces can be found in NCC Domestic Measure No. 3 (September 24, 2021)


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