Preparing For Your Trip To Vanuatu
guide for how to plan a trip to Vanuatu
You’ve decided to take a trip to Vanuatu.
Congratulations! You’ve made a fantastic decision, and you’ll have the time of your life! But how should you
prepare for such a trip? Do you need to take any precautions beforehand? What do you need to know? What
should you pack?
Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered! Here is our guide to preparing for your
Vanuatu trip, to help you with your paperwork, packing and healthcare.
With thorough preparations for your Vanuatu trip,
you will find this tropical paradise
a great holiday destination with a lot of available activities in
South Pacific surrounds.
There are obvious essentials to get sorted when preparing for your trip to
If you are coming from abroad to Vanuatu, you will need a passport to get through
airport security at both ends of your trip.
The currency in Vanuatu is the Vanuatu Vatu. This
is not always an easy currency to get hold of, depending on where you are in the world. If you are coming from
Australia, you will have fewer problems getting Vatus than you will in, say, Europe, simply due to the frequency
of interchange between Vanuatu and other nations. It is worth researching where you will get your currency
reasonably early on - and keeping an eye on the exchange rates in order to get the best deal for
It is always a good idea to be covered against all eventualities, wherever you are going! Make sure you get your travel insurance, in addition to a health
If you are a citizen of the USA, Australia, Canada, or an EU nation, you will not
need a visa to visit Vanuatu. (You get one automatically that's valid for 30 days. Ask your travel
agent.) Many other nations are also visa-free, but it is worth checking before you fly!
Unless you're coming to Vanuatu from a major
country, it's smart to check
for any tourist visa requirements and how long you're allowed
Vanuatu is not a dangerous nation to travel to. The crime rate is low, and
healthcare is good for a nation of this size! However, travellers are advised to take certain precautions.
Especially now with the COVID-19
Like many areas of the world, Vanuatu has malaria-bearing mosquitos. Vanuatu’s
strain of malaria is resistant to the drug Chloroquine, but there is a plethora of medicines which can prevent you from getting malaria here. Ask
your doctor before leaving, and they will be able to prescribe you an effective anti-malarial drug.
In the event of any trip, it is important to be sure that your routine vaccines
are up to date. These include the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the diptheria-tetanus-pertutiss vaccine, the
varicella vaccine, and the polio vaccine. Most people will have been fully vaccinated for all of these in
childhood, but it is worth checking nonetheless!
Hepatitis A vaccine
Some nations recommend getting a Hep A shot before travel to any Oceania
Typhoid cases are relatively rare here, but you can catch it in more rural areas
through contaminated food or water. Getting the typhoid vaccine will prevent this from happening.
If you have an ongoing medical condition, it is important to look up the
regulations regarding the bringing of medical drugs out of your country and into Vanuatu. Usually this is fairly
simple, but some cases can be complicated! It’s also important to think about how you are going to store and use
your medicines - whether you will be able to refrigerate drugs which need to be kept cool, and so forth.
When packing for your Vanuatu holiday,
bring along the usual tropical vacation accessories
and take necessary health care and medical precautions for a
Assuming you’ve got your passport, currency, and any relevant medicines, what else
should you pack? Well, in a subtropical climate, it’s best to be prepared! Vanuatu is hot, so you’ll need
good sun-protection -
plus you might also need some sturdy waterproofs! To be on the safe side, bring the following:
- Plenty of changes of underwear.
- A hat and
sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
- Loose-fitting ‘beachwear’ to keep yourself cool in the
- Plenty of sunblock to prevent sun-damage to your
- A jumper or jacket (it can get chilly in the
- Something to bathe in (what’s the point in coming to Vanuatu if you’re not going to take a dip in the
- Clothes to cover (wear over) your bathing costume with when you’re away from the beach (bathing costumes
are frowned upon outside of a beach environment).
- Sandals, to keep your
- Sneakers, to give
yourself a more protective footwear option, especially if you are going to do some bushwalking.
- Something waterproof,
in case you get caught in a tropical downpour!
- Mosquito and bug repellent (preferably containing
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, deodorant, and all the other
- Your camera, phone, kindle, tablet, and any other devices you may need
- Chargers and/or batteries for the above (don’t forget to make sure that you can convert your chargers to fit
Vanuatu’s power supply! Power outlets here are generally of the ‘Australian kind’, so pick up an Australian
converter if your own plugs don’t fit this).
- Any accessories,
accoutrements, and entertainments you wish to have with
Plan your trip to Vanuatu well using the above tips and advice and you will enjoy
your holiday in this great tropical destination!