Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 27 April 2018, 14:30 NZST
  • Still current at: 25 June 2019

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Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to Ambae island due to volcanic activity.

Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Vanuatu.

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The crime rate in Vanuatu is low, however, robberies, assaults and sexual assaults against foreigners have occurred, particularly in the capital Port Vila.

New Zealanders are advised to pay close attention to their security, ensuring that all doors and windows are locked at night and while absent and that valuables are kept in a safe and secure place. At night, females in particular should not go out alone, travel on public transport such as buses, mini-vans or taxis alone, or visit isolated locations such as beaches. We recommend closely monitoring the media and other local information sources for information about safety or security concerns or risks, which could arise unexpectedly.

Seismic activity
Vanuatu is in an active seismic zone and prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity, with an associated risks of tsunamis. A state of emergency was declared for Ambae island on 12 April 2018 due to vocalnic activity from Manaro Voui volcano, including some evacuation orders.

There are a number of active volcanoes in Vanuatu including those located on the islands of Ambae, Tanna, Ambrym and Gaua. Relevant information, including any current cyclone or tsunami warnings and the latest reports on volcanic activity throughout Vanuatu, is available from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department website. Travellers can also check with the Vanuatu Tourism Office or the Tafea Provincial Council Office for Mount Yasur in Tanna. New Zealanders in Vanuatu are advised to follow the advice of local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.  

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Vanuatu should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Vanuatu are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

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 Fax +678 22 518 Email Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1600 hrs

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New Zealand High Commission Vanuatu

Street Address
La Casa D’Andrea E Luciano, Rue Pierre Lamy St, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Telephone: +678 22 933

Fax: +678 22 518



Hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1600 hrs

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