Vanuatu Citizenship

You can obtain Vanuatu citizenship either by residency or by the Vanuatu Development Support Program, the fast track one. To obtain citizenship by residency, candidates must have been a resident of Vanuatu for at least 10 years. There are also the common ways to citizenship for foreign spouses and children from Vanuatu citizen. The fast track program is the perfect way to gain Vanuatu citizenship in about a month (sometimes less). The Vanuatu Government launched the Vanuatu Development Support Program back in 2016. This program provides candidates with a fast track path to Vanuatu citizenship with a contribution of USD$130,000 to the government. The total cost of citizenship includes additional charges and fees for background checks, and VIPA, passport, processing and handling fees. Due to recent changes in Vanuatu’s laws, both Vanuatu dual citizenship and single citizenship are available.

With citizenship, comes the right to a Vanuatu passport, which allows travel to about 120 different countries, including visa-free travel to Russia, Vanuatu passport requirements state that any individual with citizenship may obtain a passport, although they do allow the possibility of taking the passport away based on criminal charges, bail, or imprisonment.

Vanuatu Residency

According to Vanuatu visa requirements, tourists traveling on passports from 120 visa exempt countries do not need to obtain a tourist visa for Vanuatu, and they are eligible to stay either 30 or 90 days, depending on the country they travel from.
For those interested in a resident visa, Vanuatu residency requirements also allow several paths. For an outsider, the options are employment by a Vanuatu company, proof of income of at least USD$2,250 for singles, $4,500 for couples, Vanuatu land ownership, or Vanuatu investments. The Foreign Investor residence visa requires additional certification and business license requirements.

Key Facts

Minimum total costs

Single Applicant: USD 200,000
Family up to 4 persons: USD 230,000

Payment Terms

50% upon receiving clearance letter from the Vanuatu FIU and signature of contract.
50% upon receiving approval in principal letter from the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission


Preparation of application: 2 weeks
Government processing time:
1 month
  1. Mature legal system
  2. Fully supported by the Vanuatu Government
  3. No landing and residing requirement
  4. Dual citizenship allowed
  5. Three generations can be included in the application
  6. Short approval time, about 6 weeks
  1. Pre-approval by authorities before signing the contract and making first payment.
  2. Vanuatu is an established South-Pacific country, where you will find a safe and hospitable little paradise, excellent restaurants and beautiful climate Vanuatu has the highest Happy Planet Index score outside of the Americas. People living in Vanuatu have higher wellbeing than those living in Japan, while Vanuatu’s Ecological Footprint is just a quarter of the size of Japan’s.
  3. Vanuatu is known for being the best low-profile tax-haven and offshore business center on the planet. There are no income taxes, withholding taxes, capital gains taxes, gift, death, and estate or succession duties applying to companies, trusts or individuals.
  4. Vanuatu Passport offers visa-free travel to more than 114 countries, including the UK and Europe's Schengen Zone, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore etc...
  5. Vanuatu is a member of the Commonwealth and its citizens are considered Commonwealth citizens granting them additional rights in the United Kingdom and certain Commonwealth countries.
  6. Processing time for the Vanuatu nationality and passport is by far the shortest at 1-2 months!
  7. Processing can be done remotely with no need to travel or reside in Vanuatu.
  8. You can add your family members and dependents parents to your application including spouse parents.
  9. Commissioner for Oath can travel to your home country for Oath of allegiance ceremony and delivery of Citizenship Certificate and passport.
  10. Completely confidential process.
Required Documents and Information Subject Person(s)
1. Nomination forms □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
2. Certified true copy 1of existing passport (cover with first and last 3 pages) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
3. Certified true copy 1 of existing identity card(both sides) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
4. Notarization 1 of marriage certificate(full) □ Spouse
5. Notarization 1 of evidence documents showing the relation with parents □ Parent(s)
6. Notarization 1 of birth certificate 2 □ Child(ren)
7. Notarization of no criminal records or police clearance certificate □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) (age over 16) □ Parent(s)
8. Health declaration 3 □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) (age over 16) □ Parent(s)
9. School transcript or other certification from school (original in English or with certified translation) □ Child(ren) (age 18-25)
10. Notarization of certificate of not married issued by government authority □ Child(ren) (age 18-25)
11.Asset proof (not less than USD450,000) □ Principal Candidate
12.Personal profile, Employment certification (original), and Academic certification (copy) □ Principal Candidate
13.Bank reference letter (original), and Character reference by professional (original) □ Principal Candidate
14.Passport photo of white background (40mmx50mm) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
  1. Any person with no criminal record can apply for Vanuatu Citizenship.
  2. A businessman or investor
  3. A perpetual traveller and offshore maverick
  4. A stateless person
  5. A person renouncing his citizenship.
    Note: People giving up their citizenship, must apply for Vanuatu Citizenship before renouncing their original nationality.