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Preparing For Your Trip To Vanuatu

A quick 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.

The Essentials

There are obvious essentials to get sorted when preparing for your trip to Vanuatu:


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 yourself!


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 insurance coverage.


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 to stay.


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 restrictions.

These include:

images/red2-outlinex-1s.pngAnti-malarial medicines

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.

images/red2-outlinex-1s.pngRoutine vaccines

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!

images/red2-outlinex-1s.pngHepatitis A vaccine

Some nations recommend getting a Hep A shot before travel to any Oceania nation.


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 care-free stay.


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:

Plan your trip to Vanuatu well using the above tips and advice and you will enjoy your holiday in this great tropical destination!

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