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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jan 2020.

The government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency for the island of Ambae. The government have ordered the immediate compulsory evacuation of the population of Ambae to the neighbouring island of Maewo due to the ongoing volcanic activity. If you’re in Vanuatu you’re advised to follow the advice of the local authorities, including the evacuation order.

Vanuatu lies on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and regularly experiences natural disasters, including cyclones, volcanic activity, earthquakes and tsunamis, with over 2,000 seismic events reported each year. Alert levels and accessibility to volcanoes can change quickly. You should monitor the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department website for the latest updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters.

The tropical cyclone season normally runs from November to May. You should monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Vanuatu, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.

Most visits to Vanuatu are trouble free. Crime levels are relatively low but following a series of recent incidents, residents and visitors should take particular care when walking at night and visiting remote areas.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Consular support may be limited in Vanuatu, however, the British Consulate-General in Sydney, Australia can provide consular support to British nationals.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)
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Dialling Code: 678
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 94,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Bislama (official language) 90%
English (official language) 74%
French (official language) 50%

Capital City(s):
Port Vila (also largest city)
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Population: 40,000 (in 2007)
Latitude: -17.75 Longitude: 168.3

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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