• Vanuatu Passports

About Vanuatu

Citizenship by Investment is a trend that is catching momentum as more and more people seek second passports to enhance everyday freedoms.

An alternative passport allows the freedom to travel visa free to a multitude of countries; the freedom to work and conduct business around the world; and the freedom to live a high quality of life without government interference.

The very essence of Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP) is building countries by obtaining investments from wealthy individuals looking for a safe place to invest their hard earned money with the added bonus of a second passport. Investors under DSP help create long- and short-term employment, implement social projects in schools and hospitals, and infrastructure improvements in local economies. Investments are contributed to the economy directly through a donation option that makes a great impact in tourism development, makes the lives of the local people better, and helps develop the islands sustainability, by smartly preserving nature, keeping the islands clean and beautiful for future generations of this beautiful paradise.

Vanuatu’s name is derived from the word vanua (“land” or “home”), which occurs in several Austronesian languages, and the word tu (“stand”). Together the two words indicated the independent status of the new country.

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Tourism brings in much-needed foreign exchange. Vanuatu is widely recognized as one of the premier vacation destinations for scuba divers wishing to explore coral reefs of the South Pacific region. Tourism increased 17 % from 2007 to 2008 to reach 196,134 arrivals, according to one estimate, and has been promoted, in part, by Vanuatu being the site of several reality television shows. The ninth season of the reality TV series Survivor was filmed on Vanuatu, entitled Survivor: Vanuatu — Islands of Fire. Two years later, Australia’s Celebrity Survivor was filmed at the same location used by the US version.

Financial services are an important part of the economy. Vanuatu is a tax haven that until 2008 did not release account information to other governments or law-enforcement agencies. International pressure, mainly from Australia, influenced the Vanuatu government to begin adhering to international norms to improve transparency. In Vanuatu, there is no income, withholding, capital gains, or inheritance tax and no exchange control. Many international ship-management companies choose to flag their ships under the Vanuatu flag, because of tax benefits and favorable labor laws (Vanuatu is a full member of the International Maritime Organization and applies its international conventions).  Vanuatu is recognized as a “flag of convenience” country. Several file-sharing groups, such as the providers of the KaZaA network of Sharman Networks and the developers of WinMX, have chosen to incorporate in Vanuatu to avoid regulation and legal challenges. In response to foreign concerns the government has promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial centre.

In 2015, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal ranked Vanuatu the 84th most economically free country.

The four mainstays of the economy are agriculture, tourism, off shore financial services, and raising cattle. There is substantial fishing activity, although this industry does not bring in much foreign exchange.

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Vanuatu Development Support program (DSP)

Development Support program (DSP) of Vanuatu was initially proposed in early 2016 and fully adopted by the Government of Vanuatu in April 2017. The objective of the Program is to create local jobs, stimulate the economy and keep the national budget balanced.

  • Vanuatu passport allows visa-free entry to more that 100+ countries including all European Union countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Russia

  • Citizens of Vanuatu are permitted to apply for Australian Visitor Visa (subclass 600) and US Tourist Visa, amongst others

  • Family friendly citizenship programme: the successful application covers a family of four (main applicant, spouse, and two children under 18 years) with only nominal fees for other additional dependents

  • The Republic of Vanuatu imposes no income, wealth, and inheritance taxes, Absence of tax treaty exchange and guaranteed bank and commercial privacy in the highly-developed Vanuatu Banking sector (Vanuatu is the Bahamas of the Pacific, but without tax exchange treaties in place with most countries)

  • No residency requirements for successful applicants

Visa-free travel with a Vanuatu passport

Travel the world with your Vanuatu passport without the monetary and time consuming hassle of obtaining visas. Enjoy your freedom, mobility, and access to more than 100 countries visa free, including the Schengen Zone of European Union, the UK, Hong Kong and many more!

Visa Free

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Bulgaria
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Vatican City
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • United Kingdom (excluding some Overseas territories)
  • Slovenia

Visa on Arrival

  • Armenia
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine

e-Visa

  • Australia and territories

  • Georgia
  • India

  • Myanmar

DSP Pricing

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 and below 65 when submitting their application.
  • Applicants should have no less than US$250,000 of net personal assets when submitting their application.
  • At start of application: Should submit the Due diligence fee 5000 USD. When Financial Unit Commission has been approved, the applicant must deposit the total remaining fee according to the following: 170.000 USD for one applicant; 190.000 USD for a couple, 220.000 USD for a couple and a child under 18, and 230.000 USD for a couple and two children under 18 y.o. Additional dependents that qualify will need 15.000 USD each.

Applicants must submit an original certificate of no criminal record from the jurisdiction in which he/she has resided during the last 12 months and (if different) the jurisdiction of his / her principal nationality.

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List of documents required to submit an application under the Vanuatu DSP

  • Nomination and health forms (For main applicant, spouse, children, parents).
  • Existing passport color scan: (must show the page in its entirety), (passport cover with first 3 pages of the passport + last 3 pages of the passport = 7 pages in total), (For main applicant, spouse, children, parents).
  • ID card color scan, front and back, photocopied on 1 page, English translated when necessary (For main applicant, spouse, children, parents).
  • Marriage certificate, English translated when necessary.
  • Proof of relationship between main applicant and his/her parents, (birth certificates for all the applicants).
  • Birth certificate of children.
  • Police Clearance of applicants and dependents aged 18 and above.
  • Most recent academic certificates or reports of the children aged 18 – 25 years old.
  • Medical Checkup certificate for applicants aged 18 and above
  • Most recent education proof of dependent children.
  • Asset proof of no less than US$250,000.
  • Personal Bank statement of the last 6 months.
  • Main applicant’s CV and stamped proof of employment from his/her company.
  • 6 passport photos (40mm x 50mm) (For main applicant, spouse, children, parents).

Note:  

  • Items 2 to 6 need to be in color copied. Translated documents need to be notarized. 
  • All submitted photocopied documents (main applicant, spouse, children, parents) need to be signed by the main applicant before scan and transmission to us.

DSP Application Process

  • Complete Application Form with all supporting Docs and initial due diligence deposit. (need to pay all bank charges). Week 1 of the month.
  • Commission and FIU undertakes initial KYC checks. Week 2 of the month.
  • Financial unit acceptance letter Issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Week 3-4 of the month.
  • Applicant pays the 100% of the application fee after the FIU approval has been granted. Contribution and fees. Week 3-4 of the month.
  • Final Intelligence Unit does final Good Standing Check. Week 4 of the month.
  • Citizenship Commissions Approves Application(s). First week of the next month.
  • Applicant to take Oath of Allegiance either in Hong Kong or Vanuatu. Client should bear all the expenses for his trip to HK or Vanuatu or the officers trip to his country. Week 1 of the next month.
  • Receive Citizenship Certificate(s) and Passport(s) documents in Hong Kong or Vanuatu. Client should Pay passport fee and courier. Week 1-2 of the next month.