Since 2012

Vanuatu citizenship by investment

Government program. Passport from 1.5 months. Citizenship for the whole family.

Terms and requirements for obtaining the citizenship

Normally, the process takes from 1.5 months. Investors must meet the following criteria:

  • Being over 18 years of age

  • Have impeccable reputation

  • Have no criminal record for serious crimes

  • Not be included in the sanctions lists

  • Citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for Vanuatu Passport: Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Yemen

Vanuatu Passport can also be obtained by:

  • A spouse

  • Children under 25 years old

  • Children, regardless of age, having a mental or physical disability

  • Parents of the main applicant and/or spouse 50 years and older

  • Citizenship can be inherited

Advantages of a Vanuatu Citizenship

This program is perfect for those who would like to have visa-free access to more than 129 countries and territories around the world, including the UK, the EU countries and Singapore, as well as for those who need to implement tax planning

  • Simple and quick due diligence check of candidates - only 7 days

  • Country is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations

  • Visa-free or visa on arrival access to more than 129 countries

  • Possibility to open accounts in international banks

  • Fast application process - from 1.5 months

  • No requirement to reside in the country

  • Information on obtaining citizenship is not disclosed to third parties

  • Possibility to get long-term visas to USA and Canada

  • No need to visit the island during application process

  • Parents (56 and older) and children (up to 25) can obtain citizenship together with an investor

  • No income, wealth, inheritance, capital gains and estate taxes

  • Dual citizenship is accepted


Vanuatu: Citizenship by Investment. How much does it actually cost?

Investments for a passport for Vanuatu are lower than in the Europe, where the minimum investment amount starts at $ 250,000.

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This program provides only one type of contribution so far. It’s a non-returnable investment in a government fund in the amount of $ 130,000. It includes the cost of due diligence.

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Investment Options to apply for Citizenship

Currently, only one investment option is available, namely donations to a government fund. Vanuatu authorities are now planning to launch a real estate investment option.

Investment in a government fund


От 130.000 долларов США — невозвратный взнос (инвестиция включает пожертвование государству, проверку на благонадежность)

Example of calculations:
For 1 applicant - $ 130,000
For a family of four - $ 180,000

The cost of investment also includes:


затраты на переводы и легализация документов; расходы на доставку документов.

Stages of the CBI application process

The following steps are described for reference purpose only. The main thing that we want to underline is that Migronis takes care of the preparation and submission of your case. You only need to provide the original documents. We will do all the paperwork ourselves.


Free preliminary background check (due diligence) of an applicant (1 day) and contract signing in one of our offices or remotely. At this stage, it will be sufficient to provide the passport copies of all family members who will be included in the citizenship application.

Result of the stage: background check report + signed contract.


We receive Police Certificates, fill out government forms, arrange notarization, translation and apostilization of all the necessary documents, and send the package to the Citizenship by Investment Unit of Vanuatu.

You submit the original documents and sign the forms and other documents that we prepare by ourselves.

Result of the stage: Confirmation of documents received by the government.



The Citizenship by Investment Unit carries out the processing of the case during the period from 1.5 months. A visit to the island is not required.

Result of the stage: Approval in principle is issued.

Applicant’s actions: Pay the required amount of investment within a month after the approval is issued.



After paying the investment and fees, our lawyer in Vanuatu receives a certificate of honorary citizenship along with a passport and sends it either to one of our offices where we give it to you, or sends it to you directly. Passport is valid for 5 years. We will remind you to renew the passport 6 months prior to its expiration date.


Post-immigration service

  • Obtaining a driver's license in Vanuatu, Utility bill, local phone number, as well as other documents.

  • Replacement and restoration of a passport within 7-14 days in case of its loss/damage/expiration without your visit to the island.

  • Registration of a company and opening an account at a local bank. It’s required to visit Vanuatu in order to open an account and obtain a driver's license.

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Answers to frequently asked questions and information about Vanuatu

How to prove children and parents are dependent on the main applicant?

An applicant shall provide the documents confirming financial dependence: for children - a certificate from an educational institution, for dependent parents - a birth certificate.

Is citizenship inherited?

Yes, citizenship is issued for life with a possibility of inheritance by descendants.

How do I renew my passport once it expires?

Each 5 years Vanuatu second passport must be renewed. The renewal procedure takes about a week, a visit to the island is required. The price of renewal depends on the selected package: free of charge or $3,000.

Does Vanuatu share information about their economic citizens?

No, information on you obtaining citizenship is not disclosed to third parties.

What documents other than a passport do applicants can obtain?

A driver's license (obtained within 30 minutes, you do not need to pass an exam, presenting a valid license is sufficient. However, this will require a visit to the island). A rather high percentage of "new citizens" are also setting up companies and getting a registration address and utility bill (which are usually requested by international banks).

Is it possible to change my surname?

Change of the name and surname is possible after obtaining citizenship. We can provide our services during this process. Cost of this procedure is $ 20,000, and duration is up to 6 months.

Does Vanuatu passport allow visa-free entry to other countries?

As of 2019, Vanuatu passport gives visa-free access to more than 129 countries and territories around the world, including the UK and the Schengen states.

What are the requirements for a visa-free stay in the Schengen countries and the UK with the passport of Vanuatu?

Visa-free regime with the countries of the Schengen zone (you can stay for 90 days out of 180);
Visa-free travel to the UK (you can stay for 6 months a year);
No additional documents and prior registration required for crossing these borders.

Which documents confirming the origin of funds are required?

Confirmation of employment and/or ownership of business is required: statement from your bank account showing the activity during the last 6 months, certificate of employment or business documentation (the document checklist to be further agreed with Migronis).

What are the local income tax rates on Vanuatu (taxes on setting up a business)?

There is no corporate and income tax for businessmen who want to buy a ready-made company on the island.

Which office handles Vanuatu immigration issues?

Vanuatu immigration issues as well as Vanuatu permanent residency and Vanuatu investment citizenship applications are considered by the Citizenship's Office and Commission (COC).

What is the official website address of Vanuatu passport office?

Citizenship's Office and Commission (a passport office of Vanuatu) has its official website at

Is dual citizenship acceptable in Vanuatu?

Yes. The Republic of Vanuatu allows dual citizenship.

Which currency is recognized for payment for citizenship programs?

The сommission states that the only currency that is being recognised legally and stated in the Regulations made under the Citizenship Act [CAP 112] for citizenship programs, is the US Dollar.

What is the global ranking of Vanuatu passport?

Vanuatu passport is ranked 36th in the world.

Can you file citizenship application independently?

No. You can only apply for a Vanuatu citizenship through a Designated Agent who is appointed by the government and carries out communication with citizenship commission.

Interesting facts about Vanuatu, the happiest place on the planet

Vanuatu, a state in Oceania, is the only jurisdiction that allows investors to obtain citizenship by investment in record time. The Vanuatu archipelago is located around 1,750 km east of Australia, 500 km north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands. Vanuatu consists of more than 80 islands. Most of the islands are inhabited, and some have active volcanoes. The country's territory is mountainous, mainly covered with tropical rainforests. Like most of the area, it is prone to earthquakes and tidal waves. Formerly the jointly administered Anglo-French condominium of the New Hebrides, Vanuatu achieved independence in 1980. The name Vanuatu means "Our Land Forever" in many of the locally used Melanesian languages. The capital, largest city, and commercial centre is Port-Vila (Vila), on Éfaté.

Vanuatu is a worldwide favourite destination for travellers wanting a unique tropical destination that is relatively untouched by massive tourism trades. In fact, it is so beautiful that Vanuatu was ranked sixth on the Lonely Planet's list of the Top Ten Countries in the eagerly-awaited annual publication titled Best in Travel 2011.

The indigenous population, called ni-Vanuatu, is overwhelmingly Melanesian, though some of the outlying islands have Polynesian populations. There are also small minorities of Europeans, Micronesians, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Roughly three-fourths of the population lives in rural areas, but since independence the urban centres of Luganville and Port-Vila have drawn a significant number of people attracted by better opportunities.

Subsistence agriculture has traditionally been the economic base of Vanuatu, together with an elaborate exchange network within and between islands. Since independence, Vanuatu’s tourism and offshore financial services have emerged as the largest earners of foreign income. The growing lucre generated by tourism has attracted the attention of foreign companies seeking to develop land into resorts and other attractions.

Although the frequent changes of government in the late 20th and early 21st centuries indicated a sometimes fragile stability, overall Vanuatu was considered one of the more peaceful and successful countries of the region.

History of Honorary Citizenship

Starting January 2017, the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu has launched the Development Support Program (DSP) for the purpose of raising funds to support infrastructure and promoting economic development of Vanuatu. The DSP is a new provision enacted by the Vanuatu Government under the Citizenship Act [CAP 112]. Candidates may apply to Citizenship's Office and Commission (COC) for Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship by contributions to the Government of Vanuatu.

The citizenship acquired under the Development Support Program is fully recognized by the Government of Vanuatu and the nationality regarded as ni-Vanuatu.

Those applying for and receiving Vanuatu citizenship and passport under the DSP have the full right to reside and work in Vanuatu and the passport is renewable upon expiry.

The applicant must have no criminal record and must be of high standing in his or her community, organization, society or country.

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