Vanuatu Citizenship

The Vanuatu Development Support Program, a citizenship program, was enacted by the Vanuatu Government under the Honorary Citizenship Regulation Order under Order No. 215 of 2016. Privileges for “Honorary Citizenship Act [CAP 112] were set out in another regulation made by the Head of State, under Order No. 216 of 2016. Candidates may apply for Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship by contribution of funds to the Government of Vanuatu.

Pursuant to the said regulations, candidates may apply for Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship by contribution of USD$ 130, 000 to the Government. In addition to the USD$ 130,000, there are some additional charges and fees including citizenship cost, background check, VIPA fees, passport fees, processing fees and agent handling fees.

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

Those applying for and receiving Vanuatu Citizenship and passport under the DSP have the full right to reside in Vanuatu at all times and the passport is renewable upon expiry.

Vanuatu’s second citizenship and passport program offers personal and financial freedom and peace of mind. As a Vanuatu citizen, you will enjoy a tax-free, regulation-light environment. Feel the freedom of a second passport which allows visa-free entry to about 120 countries (including Russia). Relax away from global strife!
Obtaining dual Citizenship through the Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Program is a quick and easy process. The citizenship process takes only 4-6 weeks, it doesn’t require any physical presence nor prior residency, there are no language requirements, and applicants without a criminal record are accepted from almost all of the world’s countries.
The last step to acquire the Vanuatu Passport, after the Citizenship Commission approval, is to fill and sign the passport application form. VRP-MENA will help you fill the passport application form and submit it to Vanuatu Passport office. Passport is valid for five years from date of issue and is renewable upon expiry.
For those that apply for dual citizenship, Vanuatu offers an extremely attractive home base to world travelers, digital nomads, outdoor adventurers, international business people, and retirees looking for a tropical lifestyle.

Key Facts

Minimum total costs
Single Applicant: USD 200,000
Family up to 4 persons: USD 230,000
Payment Terms
50% upon receiving clearance letter from the Vanuatu FIU and signature of contract.
50% upon receiving approval in principal letter from the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission
Preparation of application: 2 weeks
Government processing time:
1 month
  1. Mature legal system
  2. Fully supported by the Vanuatu Government
  3. No landing and residing requirement
  4. Dual citizenship allowed
  5. Three generations can be included in the application
  6. Short approval time, about 6 weeks
  1. Pre-approval by authorities before signing the contract and making first payment.
  2. Vanuatu is an established South-Pacific country, where you will find a safe and hospitable little paradise, excellent restaurants and beautiful climate Vanuatu has the highest Happy Planet Index score outside of the Americas. People living in Vanuatu have higher wellbeing than those living in Japan, while Vanuatu’s Ecological Footprint is just a quarter of the size of Japan’s.
  3. Vanuatu is known for being the best low-profile tax-haven and offshore business center on the planet. There are no income taxes, withholding taxes, capital gains taxes, gift, death, and estate or succession duties applying to companies, trusts or individuals.
  4. Vanuatu Passport offers visa-free travel to more than 114 countries, including the UK and Europe's Schengen Zone, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore etc...
  5. Vanuatu is a member of the Commonwealth and its citizens are considered Commonwealth citizens granting them additional rights in the United Kingdom and certain Commonwealth countries.
  6. Processing time for the Vanuatu nationality and passport is by far the shortest at 1-2 months!
  7. Processing can be done remotely with no need to travel or reside in Vanuatu.
  8. You can add your family members and dependents parents to your application including spouse parents.
  9. Commissioner for Oath can travel to your home country for Oath of allegiance ceremony and delivery of Citizenship Certificate and passport.
  10. Completely confidential process.
Required Documents and Information Subject Person(s)
1. Nomination forms □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
2. Certified true copy 1of existing passport (cover with first and last 3 pages) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
3. Certified true copy 1 of existing identity card(both sides) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
4. Notarization 1 of marriage certificate(full) □ Spouse
5. Notarization 1 of evidence documents showing the relation with parents □ Parent(s)
6. Notarization 1 of birth certificate 2 □ Child(ren)
7. Notarization of no criminal records or police clearance certificate □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) (age over 16) □ Parent(s)
8. Health declaration 3 □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) (age over 16) □ Parent(s)
9. School transcript or other certification from school (original in English or with certified translation) □ Child(ren) (age 18-25)
10. Notarization of certificate of not married issued by government authority □ Child(ren) (age 18-25)
11. Asset proof (not less than USD450,000) □ Principal Candidate
12. Personal profile, Employment certification (original), and Academic certification (copy) □ Principal Candidate
13. Bank reference letter (original), and Character reference by professional (original) □ Principal Candidate
14. Passport photo of white background (40mmx50mm) □ Principal Candidate □ Spouse □ Child(ren) □ Parent(s)
  1. Any person with no criminal record can apply for Vanuatu Citizenship.
  2. A businessman or investor
  3. A perpetual traveller and offshore maverick
  4. A stateless person
  5. A person renouncing his citizenship.
    Note: People giving up their citizenship, must apply for Vanuatu Citizenship before renouncing their original nationality.