Vanuatu Economic Citizenship by Investment


Approval: 1-2 months
No Tax: Personal Income, Corporate Income, Wealth or Inheritance Tax
Visa Free Travel: 129+ Destinations
Investment: Donation

Vanuatu Economic Citizenship

Vanuatu economic citizenship by investment is a compelling option for perpetual travelers, investors, businessmen, offshore mavericks, stateless persons or those who need to renounce their current citizenship. The Vanuatu people allow investors to make a nonrefundable minimum investment in Vanuatu of $130,000 in exchange for a Vanuatu passport. Indeed, eligible investors will appreciate the streamlined approval process used in the Vanuatu economic citizenship program. Additionally, the administrative and professional fees are all inclusive in the contribution.

Vanuatu Passport Costs

Qualified applicants make their investment in Vanuatu 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 fees, 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. Get a Customized Quote today!

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

Vanuatu Passport Visa Free Destinations

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia [visa on arrival], Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin [eVisa, visa on arrival], Bolivia [visa on arrival], Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia [visa on arrival], Cape Verde [visa on arrival], Comoros [visa on arrival], Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti [eVisa], Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt [visa on arrival]. El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia [eVisa], Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia [eVisa], Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau [visa on arrival], Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India [eVisa], Indonesia, Iran [visa on arrival], Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan [visa on arrival], Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan [eVisa], Laos [eVisa, visa on arrival], Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar [eVisa, visa on arrival], Malawi [visa on arrival], Malaysia, Maldives [visa on arrival], Malta, Marshal Islands [visa on arrival], Mauritania [visa on arrival], Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique [visa on arrival], Myanmar [eVisa], Nauru [visa on arrival], Nepal [visa on arrival], Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan [online visa], Palau [visa on arrival], Panama, Papua New Guinea [eVisa, free visa on arrival], Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar [eVisa], Romania, Russia, Rwanda [eVisa, visa on arrival], St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa [entry permit on arrival], San Marino, Sao Tome Principe [eVisa], Senegal [visa on arrival], Seychelles [visitor’s permit on arrival], Sierra Leone [visa on arrival], Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands [visa on arrival], Somalia [visa on arrival], Spain, Sri Lanka [visa on arrival], Suriname [eVisa], Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand [visa on arrival], Timor-Leste [visa on arrival], Togo [visa on arrival], Tonga [visa on arrival], Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu [visa on arrival], Uganda, Ukraine [eVisa], United Kingdom, Uzbekistan [eVisa], Vatican City, Vietnam [eVisa], Zambia, Zimbabwe


Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, Palestine, Somaliland [visa on arrival], South Ossetia, Transnistria


Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Faroe Islands, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gibraltar, Greenland, Hong Kong, Macau [visa on arrival], Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Niue, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena [visitor’s pass required], Wallis and Futuna

Vanuatu Economic Citizenship Approval Process

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.

Upon issuance of the letter of acceptance, the full investment amount and the remaining documents are submitted for step two. 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)

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 economic citizenship requirements that eliminate redundancy and unnecessary expense. Here is a list of the most pertinent Vanuatu citizenship benefits:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fast Approval Process: 30-60 days approval process. Additionally, application forms and support documents are practical and efficient – eliminating redundancy.
  • Tax Free Country: There is no Vanuatu income tax including inheritance, capital gains, wealth or business. (excludes VAT and customs)
  • No residency Requirement: There is no residence requirement to obtain or retain your Vanuatu economic citizenship.
  • Vanuatu Passport Ranking: Vanuatu economic citizenship offers visa free travel to 129 countries and territories giving it a travel freedom ranking of 43 on the Henley Passport Index.
  • Eligibility requirements: Any person with a clean background, net assets >$250,000 USD and verifiable identity meets the Vanuatu passport eligibility requirements.
  • 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.
  • Offshore Financial Center: Vanuatu has been an established financial center since 1972 with international banks present and simple account opening procedures.
  • 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:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • North Korea
  • Yemen

Vanuatu Local Facts

  • 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