Citizenship Vanuatu 2021 - How to get a Vanuatu passport?

Published at: 12/03/2021 11:00 am

Citizenship Vanuatu 2021 - How to get a Vanuatu passport?

Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Program is one of the leading passport schemes for investors, also in 2021. Let's take a look at all the details!


What is Vanuatu citizenship?


Vanuatu is a South Pacific archipelago made up of 83 islands of volcanic origin and covers around 12000sq km. The total population of Vanuatu is a little bit more than 200,000. There are three official languages in Vanuatu: Bislama, English and French.


How do you imagine Vanuatu?


The beautiful archipelago's coral reeds are one of the premier vacation and scuba diving sites of the South Pacific region. Yes, it's a tropical paradise island nation with picturesque jungles and sandy beaches surround the islands. The sea is warm all year around. 


What is Vanuatu citizenship by investment program?


Vanuatu introduced its citizenship by investment program in 2017. Under the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program, the applicants can become passport holders and Vanuatu citizens in exchange for a contribution to the state. The program's national objective is to create jobs in the country, stimulate the economy, and keep the budget balanced. According to the statistics of, until the summer of 2020, the government approved a total of 2,336 applications. The number of issued passports must be more because we must add the successful candidates' family members' naturalisation processes.


How do I become a citizen of Vanuatu?


The easiest way is to apply for the citizenship of Vanuatu through the investment program. We supported the application of more than one hundred successful candidates and their family members. Click here to set up a consultation with our experts on the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program. 


How to apply for Vanuatu citizenship? 


Vanuatu's naturalisation process through the Development Support Program takes only 7-8 weeks; it's officially the fastest citizenship by investment solution in the world. The process is transparent, straightforward and includes several tasks and stages. It starts with a quick pre-approval process conducted by our experts and the authorities. The applicant pays the donation only after the decision of the Government of Vanuatu. Following the contribution, the applicant takes the oath and obtains the certificate of citizenship, the travel documents (passports) and other additional documents. 


According to the Secretary-General of the Citizenship Office's announcement, all applicants must take the oath through video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


Vanuatu citizenship requirements

  • Age limit: from 18 to 65
  • Contribute to the state
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • The program is closed to applicants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, or Yemen unless they have a permanent residence elsewhere and have lived outside of the country for more than five years

According to the official statistics, thousands of applicants from various backgrounds and nationality became citizens of Vanuatu. The requirements are clear and transparent. The background check before the pre-approval assures that you qualify to become a citizen of Vanuatu. 


Vanuatu citizenship law


In Vanuatu, the naturalisation processes' legal background is in the "Bill of Citizenship" (CAP112), modified last time in 2018.

The citizenship by investment scheme's "Development Support Program's detailed regulation is here.


How much is a Vanuatu passport? Vanuatu citizenship cost


The amount of necessary contribution in exchange for citizenship under the Development Support Program for 

  • a single applicant 130,000 USD*
  • investor + spouse 150,000 USD*
  • investor + spouse + two underage children 180,000 USD*

*Additional fees and costs apply.


Why Vanuatu passport? Vanuatu citizenship benefits


First of all, the passport of Vanuatu guarantees freedom of travel. Another crucial issue that the pricing of the process is one of the most affordable among all other investors' immigration schemes. We also can't forget that Vanuatu imposes neither income tax nor inheritance or wealth taxes. 


There is no requirement to visit Vanuatu while obtaining citizenship, and you may conclude the citizenship interview on Zoom. Nevertheless, investors and family members must undergo a stringent background check. 

Obtaining a passport takes 7–8 weeks, and it's the fastest process on the market of accessible citizenships in exchange for investment. 


How strong is a Vanuatu passport?


The passport of Vanuatu allows you to enter during the Covid-19 pandemic 42 countries visa-free. In 33 countries, you can pick the entry visa upon arrival. There are three other countries where citizens of Vanuatu can enter after obtaining an e-visa (ETA).


As the international travel regulations normalise after the coronavirus global emergency, a Vanuatu passport allows visa-free travel to 129 countries. Including the EU, UK, Ireland, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean, and most Commonwealth countries and Australia with the ETA (special e-visa).


Living in Vanuatu - Vanuatu as a Covid-19 safe location


Most of the investor citizens of Vanuatu do not live on the islands. However, the coronavirus pandemic showed that you might need a secure location for you and your family. So, the truth is that so far Vanuatu had only one single case. As citizens can naturally live there, Vanuatu offers an excellent solution to stay safe from the virus. 


Living in Vanuatu is not expensive. Of course, the island nation cannot offer all the advantages of developed countries' metropolitan centres. But the international education solutions, the private health care system and the overall security are remarkable. If you need clean air, beautiful seaside and exciting nature, it worth to stay in your new home country. 


Do you want to become a citizen of Vanuatu?


Read here the detailed process guide and please, contact the local experts of Discus Holdings Ltd!



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