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Reviewed: 11 June 2013, 14:35 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is some risk to your safety and security in Vanuatu due to seismic activity and crime and we advise caution.
Vanuatu is in an active seismic zone and prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. There is an associated risk of tsunamis. There are a number of active volcanoes in Vanuatu including those located on the islands of Tanna, Ambae, Ambrym and Gaua. For the latest reports on volcanic activity throughout Vanuatu, travellers should seek advice from the National Tourism Office of Vanuatu or the Tafea Provincial Council Office (for Mount Yasur). Relevant information, including any current cyclone or tsunami warnings, is also available on the Vanuatu Meteorological Service website and the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory website.
The crime rate in Vanuatu is low but increasing, particularly in the capital Port Vila. Incidents of crime may increase following prison breakouts. Robberies, assaults and sexual assaults against foreigners have occurred. New Zealanders are advised to pay close attention to their security, ensuring that all doors and windows are locked at night and valuables are kept in a safe place. At night, females in particular should avoid going out alone, travelling on public transport, such as buses, mini-vans or taxis alone or visiting isolated locations. We recommend closely monitoring the media and other local information sources for information about safety or security risks.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Vanuatu should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Vanuatu are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address La Casa D’Andrea E Luciano, Rue Pierre Lamy St, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Postal Address PO Box 161, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Telephone +678 22 933 Facsimile +678 22 518
Website New Zealand High Commission Vanuatu [external link]
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0830–1200hrs, 1300–1600hrs