Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment


Approval: 1-2 months
No Tax: International Income, Wealth or Inheritance Tax
Visa Free Travel: 129+ Destinations including Europe, Russia
Investment Type: Donation

Vanuatu citizenship by investment is a compelling option for a second passport with extensive travel options, an expedient closing process and low cost structure. The Vanuatu people allow investors to make a nonrefundable minimum investment in Vanuatu of $130,000 in exchange for a Vanuatu passport. Indeed, Vanuatu citizenship benefits include a fast and easy 2 step approval process (30-60 days) and visa free access to over 129 global destinations. Additionally, the administrative and professional fees are all inclusive in the contribution.

Vanuatu Citizenship Costs

Qualified applicants can invest in Vanuatu citizenship by Investment through the Development Support Program (DSP). Indeed, the Vanuatu DSP is well noted for its pricing transparency and simplicity. To qualify, investors will pay a $5,000 due diligence fee plus the contribution amount (selling price). The selling price includes all of the government fees, Vanuatu citizenship agent’s fee, administrative fees, processing fees plus the filing, certificate and passport production fees. In comparison, the simplified pricing structure and total cost of the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program are second to none.

Applicant Categories Selling Price (Fees in USD, All Inclusive)
Single Applicant $130,000
Married Couple $150,000
Married with One Child (under 18 years of age) $165,000
Married with Two Children (under 18 years of age) $180,000
Additional Dependent $15,000
FIU Due Diligence Fees $5,000

*Note: Family members on the application can include the spouse, children below 18, dependent children to age 25 and dependent parents.


Vanuatu Passport Visa Free Destinations Map

*Includes E-Visa, Visa on Arrival

Vanuatu Passport Visa Free Destinations List 2020


  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Cambodia [visa on arrival]
  3. Hong Kong
  4. India [eVisa]
  5. Indonesia
  6. Kyrgyzstan [eVisa]
  7. Laos [eVisa, visa on arrival]
  8. Macau [visa on arrival]
  9. Malaysia
  10. Myanmar [eVisa]
  11. Nepal [visa on arrival]
  12. Pakistan [online visa]
  13. Philippines
  14. Singapore
  15. South Ossetia
  16. Sri Lanka [visa on arrival]
  17. Thailand [visa on arrival]
  18. Timor-Leste [visa on arrival]
  19. Uzbekistan [eVisa]
  20. Vietnam [eVisa]


  1. Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  2. Andorra
  3. Armenia [visa on arrival]
  4. Austria
  5. Belarus
  6. Belgium
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Estonia
  14. Faroe Islands
  15. Finland
  16. France
  17. Georgia [eVisa]
  18. Germany
  19. Gibraltar
  20. Greece
  21. Greenland
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Ireland
  25. Italy
  26. Kosovo
  27. Latvia
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Moldova
  32. Monaco
  33. Montenegro
  34. Netherlands
  35. Northern Cyprus
  36. Norway
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. San Marino
  42. Slovakia
  43. Slovenia
  44. Spain
  45. St Helena [visitor’s pass required]
  46. Sweden
  47. Switzerland
  48. Transnistria
  49. Ukraine [eVisa]
  50. United Kingdom
  51. Vatican City

Middle East

  1. Iran [visa on arrival]
  2. Israel
  3. Jordan [visa on arrival]
  4. Palestine
  5. Qatar [eVisa]


  1. Benin [eVisa, visa on arrival]
  2. Botswana
  3. Cape Verde [visa on arrival]
  4. Comoros [visa on arrival]
  5. Djibouti [eVisa]
  6. Egypt [visa on arrival]
  7. Eswatini
  8. Ethiopia [eVisa]
  9. Gambia
  10. Guinea-Bissau [visa on arrival]
  11. Kenya
  12. Lesotho
  13. Madagascar [eVisa, visa on arrival]
  14. Malawi [visa on arrival]
  15. Mauritania [visa on arrival]
  16. Mauritius
  17. Mayotte
  18. Mozambique [visa on arrival]
  19. Reunion
  20. Rwanda [eVisa, visa on arrival]
  21. Sao Tome Principe [eVisa]
  22. Senegal [visa on arrival]
  23. Seychelles [visitor’s permit on arrival]
  24. Sierra Leone [visa on arrival]
  25. Somalia [visa on arrival]
  26. Somaliland [visa on arrival]
  27. Tanzania
  28. Togo [visa on arrival]
  29. Uganda
  30. Zambia
  31. Zimbabwe


  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Bermuda
  6. Bolivia [visa on arrival]
  7. British Virgin Islands
  8. Cayman Islands
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Dominica
  11. Dominican Republic
  12. Ecuador
  13. El Salvador
  14. French Guiana
  15. French West Indies
  16. Guatemala
  17. Haiti
  18. Honduras
  19. Jamaica
  20. Montserrat
  21. Nicaragua [visa on arrival]
  22. Panama
  23. Peru
  24. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  25. St Kitts and Nevis
  26. St Lucia
  27. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  28. Suriname [eVisa]
  29. Trinidad and Tobago

South Pacific:

  1. Cook Islands
  2. Fiji
  3. French Polynesia
  4. Kiribati
  5. Nauru [visa on arrival]
  6. Palau [visa on arrival]
  7. Maldives [visa on arrival]
  8. Marshal Islands [visa on arrival]
  9. Micronesia
  10. New Caledonia
  11. Niue
  12. Palau [visa on arrival]
  13. Papua New Guinea [eVisa, free visa on arrival]
  14. Pitcairn
  15. Samoa [entry permit on arrival]
  16. Solomon Islands [visa on arrival]
  17. Tonga [visa on arrival]
  18. Tuvalu [visa on arrival]
  19. Wallis and Futuna

Vanuatu Citizenship Benefits

The most compelling Vanuatu citizenship benefits are low program fees, tropical lifestyle and visa free access destinations. However, investors will certainly appreciate the no nonsense Vanuatu citizenship by investment requirements that eliminate redundancy and unnecessary expense. Here is a list of the most pertinent Vanuatu citizenship benefits:

  1. Transparent Pricing: No hidden fees, the investor only pays $5,000 for due diligence plus the investment amount for the applicant and dependents. The program is also attractively priced for all applicant classes.
  2. Member of British Commonwealth: As a Commonwealth Citizen, successful applicants enjoy benefits including assistance at British Embassies and consulates in foreign non-Commonwealth countries where their own country does not have a diplomatic or consular post. Additionally, they can apply for British emergency passports if their passport has been lost or stolen. Also, the children of successful applicants receive preferential treatment inside the UK for student visas and also work visas.
  3. Fast Approval Process: 30-60 days approval process. Additionally, application forms and support documents are practical and efficient – eliminating redundancy.
  4. Tax Free Country: There is no Vanuatu income tax including inheritance, capital gains, wealth or business. (excludes VAT and customs)
  5. No residency Requirement: There is no residence requirement to obtain or retain your Vanuatu citizenship by investment.
  6. Vanuatu Passport Ranking: Vanuatu citizenship by investment offers visa free travel to 129 countries and territories giving it a travel freedom ranking of 43 on the Henley Passport Index.
  7. Eligibility requirements: Any person with a clean background, net assets >$250,000 USD and verifiable identity meets the Vanuatu passport eligibility requirements.
  8. Constitutionally Legitimate: The Development Support Program was enacted by the Vanuatu government under the Citizenship Act (CAP112) with the powers conferred on the prime minister by section 20 order number 215 of 2016. The proceeds from the DSP are used to benefit the Vanuatu people with improved infrastructure, medical facilities, education and hurricane relief.
  9. Offshore Financial Center: Vanuatu has been an established financial center since 1972 with international banks present and simple account opening procedures.
  10. Tropical Paradise: Vanuatu provides a stunning natural environment with a low cost of living and low priced real estate – including secluded beach front property or even whole islands for sale on secure long term land tenure.

Additional Vanuatu citizenship benefits include easy options for extended stay visits to Australia. As a result, successful applicants can visit Australia using the Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) multiple entry option with a duration 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. Use the visa to take a cruise or visit family and friends.

Vanuatu Program Restrictions

The following nationalities are prevented from obtaining citizenship from Vanuatu:

  1. Iran
  2. Iraq
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Syria
  5. North Korea
  6. Yemen

Step one is a due diligence process carried out by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The $5,000 due diligence fee along with the required step one documents (see list below) are submitted at the beginning of step one. Upon successful completion of step one, the applicant is given a letter of acceptance.

Vanuatu FIU due diligence takes 7-10 days. The Vanuatu Citizenship Commission sits once a month, so theoretically (provided you have all the supporting documents prepared) your passport could be approved within 30 days depending on what day of the month you initiated the FIU review.

Step two – Upon issuance of the letter of acceptance, the full investment amount and the remaining documents are submitted. Note – after the letter of acceptance is issued by the FIU, we have a 100% approval rate.

Applicants will appreciate the simple and efficient Vanuatu application forms. To put things in perspective, the Vanuatu application for single applicant is 3 pages long, the application for the Grenada passport is 15 pages long!

Step One Required Documents (FIU Pre-Approval) Step Two Required Documents (Vanuatu Citizenship Commission)
Partially completed and signed DSP form Completed and signed DSP form
Passport Copy (Picture Page) Medical Certificate
ID Card or Driving License Color Photos (6)
CV/Personal Profile Summary Birth Certificate
Police Clearance Report from Country of Origin Assets Report or Bank Reference
  Employment Certificate
  Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  3 Professional references
  Academic Reference (if any)

  • Total Surface Area: 83 Islands spread over 1,300 Kilometers
  • Capital City: Port Villa is located on the Island of Efate
  • Total Population: About 276,244 (2017)
  • Currency: Vanuatu Vatu
  • Gross Domestic Product: $863,000,000 USD (2017)
  • Main Industry: Agriculture, Offshore Banking, Tourism
  • Spoken Language: English, French, Bislama
  • Religion: 83% Christian
  • Legal System: Combination of English/French Common Law
  • Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
  • Points of Interest: Mount Yasur, Mele, Iriki and Champagne Beach

The Vanuatu archipelago consists of 83 different islands that include underwater caverns, incredible coral reefs and active volcanoes such as Mt Yasur. In addition to different islands, there are several different languages spoken by the Vanuatu people. These complex linguistics are the result of multiple waves of colonizers who visited the “New Hebrides” prior to the 18th century before European discovery. After the arrival of the Europeans in the 19th century, the English and French each struggled for control until a joint administrative agreement was reached in 1906. The French and British controlled the New Hebrides until the Vanuatu people obtained independence in 1980. After independence, the New Hebrides became known as Vanuatu. Investment in Vanuatu tourism has increased significantly since 2002. As a result, over 110,000 tourists visited the islands in 2015. Additionally, accessibility of the islands has been greatly improved with new airport infrastructure, resort development and cruise ship facilities. The subsequent introduction of the Vanuatu economic citizenship program in 2017 has further enhanced economic opportunity for the Vanuatu people.

Location of Vanuatu

Map of Vanuatu