Citizenship

There are many advantages in having Vanuatu citizenship. Whatever your particular reason for acquiring citizenship in Vanuatu, we can match it with our Program.

Need a second passport? With citizenship in Vanuatu, you’ll have global freedom and privacy as you travel across the globe. Your citizenship also provides you with a safe and friendly second home for your family. In addition, you’ll enjoy living in a tax efficient country with zero tax, making it a perfect tax haven. If you want to establish a corporation or banking entity, you will avoid high taxes in your current place of residence by utilizing the Vanuatu option. Vanuatu is private and remote—the perfect way to escape from the world’s volatility and stress.

Welcome to the official 4th “Happiest Place on Earth”!

Key benefits of Vanuatu Citizenship

  • Visa-free to 125 countries – UK & whole of Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore.
  • The only Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program of its kind in the Asia Pacific Hemisphere.
  • Tax-free country (other than the indirect taxes of VAT and Customs).
  • International off-shore finance center since 1972.
  • International Banks present – such as ANZ Bank, Bred Bank, BSP (Bank of South Pacific)
  • Simple company and bank account formation procedures.
  • Stable, peaceful country – does not even have Regular Armed Forces.
  • An English/French speaking British Commonwealth Member Country.
  • Simple and fast application process – as little as 45 days.
  • Simple, transparent pricing structure.  Attractively priced – particularly for family applications.
  • A stunning tropical island nation – both for tourism and living.
  • Low cost real estate – from prime beach front to whole islands for sale.
  • Secure, long term land tenure – all land Government owned and leased.  Nominal rental rates.
  • A country with tremendous economic growth prospects and investment opportunities.

Since the visa requirements of each country are subject to change from time to time, tourists holding Vanuatu passports are required to check the visa requirements of the respective countries prior to departure. Tourists are also required to understand and observe the regulations and restrictions for entering and staying in the respective countries.


Becoming a Vanuatu Citizen

The decision to take a second and dual citizenship is the first step towards becoming a Vanuatu Citizen. Please ensure that you deal directly with an approved Government of Vanuatu DSP Representative and complete the Official Application Form without any advance payment.

A “pre-approval” stage involving a Vanuatu Government background check on the applicant is required. Once the pre-approval has been received (normally 7-10 days), the full documentation is submitted with full payment. The Citizenship process from here takes between 30 to 60 days to complete, making it one of the fastest processing times in the World.

Once the application is approved, the applicant will be required to present themselves at a Government of Vanuatu Consulate, nominated office or, in Vanuatu itself.

At the Consulate or Government Offices the applicant will participate in the Oath of Allegiance ceremony upon which they will be granted their citizenship and receive their Vanuatu passport.

The applicant will then be entitled to full Vanuatu citizenship benefits and rights, and ensured of visa free travel on their Vanuatu passport to 125 countries.

Citizenship is for life, and is hereditary.

There is no requirement for the citizen to visit Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Citizenship Process

Who can apply for Vanuatu Citizenship?

  • Any person with a clean criminal record
  • Business person or investor
  • Perpetual traveler and offshore maverick
  • Stateless Person
  • Person renouncing their citizenship

Application Process

STEP ONE: Applicant (and Spouse where applicable) to submit via our Global DSP Processing and Due Diligence Provider a certified true copy of existing passport (cover and biodata page) plus Police Clearance Report, Birth Certificate Copy and Personal Profile. US3,000 fee due at this stage to include Client Account opening & Vanuatu Government Due Diligence.

STEP TWO: Upon written confirmation of no adverse findings by FIU, and therefore “pre-approval” granted, Applicant, under guidance of the DSP Representative completes all documentation and prepares full payment. Payment is made to either a Trust Account or directly to the Vanuatu Information Centre Limited, a Government Approved Agent, both with HSBC Bank Hong Kong.

STEP THREE: Application is submitted to Representative to review pre-submission to the Citizenship Commission which convenes on the last Friday of each month. Application Form must be received 8 days prior to Citizenship Committee meeting.

STEP FOUR: Screening Committee considers the Application one day before the Citizenship Commission meets and makes a recommendation to the Citizenship Commission.

STEP FIVE: After Citizenship Commission approves the Application, an Agreement in Principle (AIP) is issued to the Representative. AIP process is 7 to 14 days.

STEP SIX: The final step is the Applicant taking their Oath. This will be commissioned by the Vanuatu Government’s Commissioner of Oath. In this ceremony the new Citizen receives their Certificate of Vanuatu Citizenship as well as their new Vanuatu Passport.

Becoming a Vanuatu Citizen: Fees

Category

Cost

(Including all government and agent administrative processing fees, filing, certificate and passport production)

Single Applicant US$150,000
Married Couple US$170,000
Married + 1 Child US$185,000
Married + 2 Children US$200,000
Additional Dependent US$15,000
FIU Due Diligence Fee US$3,000

 

Countries not requiring a visitor visa to enter Vanuatu

Africa

Botswana
Ghana
The Gambia
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

Americas

Argentina
Antigua & Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Cuba
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Mauritius
Mexico
Peru
St Christopher-Nevis
St Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
Uruguay
St Vincent & Grenadines
USA8

 

Asia

Bahrain
Bangladesh
Brunei
China1 (People’s Republic of)
India
Israel
Japan
Korea (Republic of)
Kuwait
Malaysia
Maldives
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan5
Thailand
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates

 

Pacific

Australia
Cook Islands
Fiji*
Federated States of Micronesia
Kiribati
Marshall Island
Nauru
New Caledonia*
New Zealand
Niue
Palau
Papua New Guinea*
Samoa
Solomon Islands*
Tonga
Tuvalu

(* MSG countries)

 

Europe

Cyprus
Malta
UK7

European Union

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Denmark2
Finland
France3
France Dependencies
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands4
Norway
Portugal
Romania
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey6
UK
UK Dependencies
Vatican City (Holy See)

Others

Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Hungary
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
UK
Ukraine

Countries requiring a visitor visa to enter Vanuatu

Africa

Angola
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic
Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Guinea
Liberia
Mali
Mozambique*
Niger
Rwanda*
Senegal
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Togo

Americas

Bolivia
Colombia
Cosmoros
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guinea Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Mauritania
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Sao Tome and Principe
Surinam
Venezuela

Asia

Afghanistan
Algeria
Bahrain
Bhutan
Cambodia
Egypt
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Iraq
Iran
Jordan
Laos
Lebanon
Libya
Madagascar
Myanmar
Nepal
Syria
Turkey
Vietnam
Yemen

Pacific

Timor-Leste*

Europe

European Union

Others

Abassia
Albania
Armenia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Iceland
Georgia
Greenland
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan