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Please be advised that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Advice is now available at Ireland.ie/travel. Travel Advice on this webpage is no longer being updated. To ensure you receive the latest Travel Advice for Vanuatu, please see Ireland.ie.


If you’re travelling to Vanuatu, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact



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Normal Precautions

General Travel Advice

Irish citizens do not require a visa to travel to Vanuatu.

A valid passport is required for travel to Vanuatu. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of six months after intended date of departure. Passport cards cannot be used.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the Additional Information tab.

Visitors to Vanuatu are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Embassy on social media (Twitter @IrelandinNZ and Facebook @IrishEmbassyNewZealand) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Vanuatu by dialling 111

Specific emergency numbers are:

  • Police: 22222 or 111
  • Fire brigade: 22333
  • Medical Assistance: 22100 or 112
  • Promedical Ambulance 25566 or 115

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

In countries where Ireland does not have an Embassy:

As there is no Irish Embassy in Vanuatu, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in New Zealand.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security


The crime rate in Vanuatu is low but crime does occur. Risks increase after dark, in isolated locations and if you're alone.

We advise you to take basic precautions while travelling to Vanuatu:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Pay close attention to security, ensure that all doors and windows are locked at night and while absent and that valuables are kept in a safe and secure place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.

LGBTQI+ Travel

Same-sex relations are not criminalised, but are not widely socially accepted. Modesty and discretion in both dress and behaviour is advised to avoid offending local sensitivities.

Road travel

Road travel in Vanuatu can be dangerous. Roads are often poorly maintained and unlit.

Pedestrians often walk on roads and can be hard to see at night.

Nature and Climate

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Vanuatu is located in a seismically active zone, which can lead to earthquakes and volcanic activity, with an associated risk of tsunamis. Reports on volcanic activity throughout Vanuatu (and any current cyclone or tsunami warnings), is available from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department website.  Travellers can also check with the Vanuatu Tourism Office  or the Tafea Provincial Council Office for Mount Yasur in Tanna.

Tropical storms and Cyclones

The cyclone season is from November to April. Tropical storms and cyclones can also occur in other months. They can disrupt essential services and cause property damage, injuries, and loss of life.

Vanuatu continues to recover from the impacts of Cyclones Judy and Kevin, which caused widespread damage. There still may be disruptions to infrastructure, services and telecommunications in some locations.

The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office has a colour-coded cyclone alert system that includes safety procedures to follow during a cyclone.

Local Laws and Customs

Local Laws and Customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.



Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country. We advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, Promedical provide a (paid) 24-hour ambulance service in Port Vila and Luganville by dialling 115. You should contact your insurance company if you need an ambulance service or are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Medical facilities in Vanuatu are basic. There are a number of medical clinics in Port Vila, which offer primary care. More serious cases will require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish passport holders must meet the following requirements for entry to Vanuatu:

Possess a passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months after the intended date of departure from Vanuatu. Passport cards cannot be used.

Irish nationals who meet entry criteria will be issued a 30-day Visitor Permit upon arrival in Vanuatu.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you require emergency assistance from the Embassy, please contact us on +64 4 4712252. If you call outside normal working hours, you will be given instructions to call another number to speak to a Duty Officer.

You may also wish to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin directly at 00353-1-4082000.

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Level 10, Technology One House
86 Victoria Street
Wellington 6011
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Postal Address
Embassy of Ireland, Wellington
PO Box 11498
Manners Street
Wellington 6142
New Zealand

Tel: + 64 4 4712252

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