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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Vanuatu Travel Requirements

A valid passport for a minimum of 6 months beyond return date is required by all. visitors.

A valid visa is required by all except the following:
a)Nationals of Commonwealth countries.
b)Nationals of French Overseas Departments and Territories and British Dependencies.
c)Nationals of Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, China (PR), Cuba, Korea (Rep. of), Kuwait, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Morocco, Norway, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Vatican City.
d)Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Vatu (Vt) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Vt5000, 1000, 500 and 200. Coins are in denominations of Vt100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Australian Dollars are also accepted in some shops and restaurants.

Currency exchange
Exchange facilities are available at the airport and trade banks. It is advisable to exchange foreign currency after arriving in Vanuatu.

Credit cards
MasterCard, American Express, Visa and other major credit cards are accepted. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Duty Free
The following items may be imported into Vanuatu by passengers aged 15 and over without incurring customs duty:
a)200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
b)1.5 liters of spirits and 2 liters of wine; 250ml of eau de toilette and 100ml of perfume.
c)Other articles up to a value of Vt20,000.

Social Conventions
Informal wear is suitable for most occasions. Some establishments appreciate men wearing long trousers in the evenings. Life goes at its own pace and while modern influences can be seen in the main centres, in the hill villages and outlying islands age-old customs continue

Tipping is not expected or encouraged, as it goes against local tradition.

Getting There
By Air:
The national airline is Air Vanuatu (NF), which offers weekly services between Port Vila and Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, and Auckland (New Zealand). Another international airline serving the islands is Polynesian Airlines, which offers a 'Polypass', allowing the holder to fly anywhere on the airline's network.

Getting Around
By Air:
Domestic services are provided by the government-owned Vanair. It offers scheduled services to 28 destinations within the archipelago. The airline has three Britten Norman Islanders and one Trislander. By Sea:
Inter-island ferries operate from Port Vila and Espiritu Santo to the northern and southern islands. Coral and Hibiscus Tours operate boats to various islands. By Road:
Traffic drives on the right. a)Bus:
There are limited buses serving the town centre and the airport in Port Vila.
Frequent service available. As there are no timetables, the most common way to catch a minibus is to flag one down and tell the driver where to go.
These are plentiful and all are metered.
d)Car hire:
Major car hire operators have offices in Port Vila. An national driving licence is acceptable.

Emergency Services
Fire Tel: 22 333,
Police Tel: 22 222,
Ambulance Tel: 22 100


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