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 requirements to become a Vanuatu Citizen?

The main requirements are as follows. Firstly, the main applicant must demonstrate assets in his or her name of over US$250,000. Secondly, you must be at least 18 years old and at most 65 years old. Thirdly, you must pay the contribution of $130,000 USD for a single applicant. Moreover, you must have no criminal record.

Other requirements may apply.

Can I fill 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 original certified copies of your documents physically. However, most of the process can be done online.

How long is the application process?

The application process may take 4 to 8 weeks. After that, we will keep you informed when your application reaches specific milestones.

Do I need to submit my application in English?

Yes, the only accepted language by the Citizenship Commission is English. Therefore, if your required documents are not in English, you must provide certified translations (translated copies that are notarised or certified by a recognised authority).

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

All, as long as they are dependents. Your family application contains 4 persons. Consequently, any additional dependent member will require an additional fee as described in the costs section of this document.

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. All you need to do is send us a letter explaining your motivation to change your name. Following this, your passport will be issued with your new name. This request will take time and additional costs before your passport is issued.

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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