FAQ about Vanuatu Citizenship

FAQ about Vanuatu Citizenship

As a trusted local partner and through our years of experience,

we have compiled for you a list of FAQ about Vanuatu Citizenship.

Can I keep my current Citizenship and become a Vanuatu Citizen?

Yes, Vanuatu accept double citizenship.

What are the main requirements to become a Vanuatu Citizen?

The main requirements are as follow: The main applicant must demonstrate assets in his or her name of over US$250,000, he/she must be at least 18 years old, he/she must pay the contribution of $130,000 USD (+ extra fees) for a single applicant and have no criminal record.

Other requirements may apply.

Can I submit the application myself?

No, only designated agents can submit an application on your behalf.

Can I fill the application online?

No. You will need to send us the original certified copies of your documents by courier (DHL, FEDEX etc.) We will review all documents via email before sending through the originals.

How long is the application process?

The total application process may take 6 to 8 weeks upon receipt of all required documents after each step.

Do I need to submit my application in English?

Yes, the Citizenship Commission only accept documents in English. Any required documents will have to be translated into English and the translation being certified.

How many members of my family can be included in my application?

All your direct dependents can be included (for an additional fee), meaning: the main applicant’s parents, the main applicant’s spouse’s parents, any children between 18 and 25 years old and any child (after the first 2 ones which are already included in the family of 4 application fee).

Do I have to go to Vanuatu to apply for citizenship?

No. You can apply simply by contacting us.

However, the final step of the process, the ceremony, requires a physical presence of a Commissioner for Oaths approved by the Citizenship Commission and a Vanuatu passport Officer. Thus, you can either fly to Vanuatu at your own expenses or meet the travelling costs of the Agents to the country of your choice, anywhere in the world. This extra fee includes air tickets, accommodation and agents’ fees”.

What is a police certificate?

A police certificate is a document stating that you do not have a criminal record. It can be named “Certificate of no criminal record” or “Police clearance report” or other names depending on where you live.

Does Vanuatu Citizenship expire?

No. You and your family will have citizenship for life and it will be passed on to your kids and their kids. However, you will have to renew your passport every 10 years.

How much will it cost to renew my passport in 10 years?

Each individual passport renewal cost about 250 USD (25,000 vatu).

Can I change my name?

Yes. Once you have obtained citizenship, you can change your name and the process is fast and simple. Your passport will be issued with your new name and your Vanuatu passport, issued under your previous name, will be surrendered to the Passport office. You will also be issued with a Vanuatu birth certificate (required to renew your passport in 10 years) and Vanuatu ID card valid for 6 years. Please contact our office to obtain further details about the procedure and costs.

Are there countries excluded from the program?

Yes. Any citizen of the following countries are excluded from the program :

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Yemen

This country list is subjet to change.

Exemptions: The commission may accept applications from restricted countries if the applicant shows that he or she has not resided in the restricted country for the past 5 years; and provides evidence of permanent residency abroad.

Ready to start your application process?

More information

For more information about the process and a list our required documents, you can download our Development Support Program (DSP) brochure.

You can also consult our page: Vanuatu Citizenship

or go directly through the government website citizenship section.

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