Citizenship by Investment

In addition to making the necessary investment or donation there are several requirements that applicants must meet for Vanuatu.

Family Requirements

Family members can be included in the application for Vanuatu citizenship. The main investor can include:

  • Spouse
  • Dependent Children
  • Dependent Parents over 65 years

Due Diligence Requirements

All applicants will need to be of good character and undergo the Vanuatu government’s full due diligence formalities. Investors must provide:

  • Police Reports – evidence of a clean criminal record
  • Have no outstanding visa refusals.
  • Various documentation, including financial documents, employment/ business documents, ID, proof of address.

Minimum Stay Requirements

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment programme does not require applicants to meet any minimum stay requirements. Ni-Vanuatu citizens will have the right to live, work or study in Vanuatu should they choose to, but this is not a pre-requisite of the programme. There is also no interview or language test required.

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Donation programme requires a non-refundable contribution to the government’s development fund from $150,000 for a single applicant, $180,000 for a couple or $200,000 for a family of four. Additional due diligence and processing fees are also applicable and will vary depending on the applicant’s age and the size of their family.

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment programme offers some of the fastest processing times. From the date the application is submitted to Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), applications are usually approved within 30-60 days, following thorough due diligence checks.

Prior to submission, most applicants typically take between 2-6 weeks to gather their documentation. When you consider all aspects of the process it is possible to gain Vanuatu Citizenship within 2-4 months. Once the application has been approved, applicants need to take part in an Oath Swearing Ceremony which can be arranged in convenient locations around the world. Our in-house trade and business services processing team will assist applicants with this entire process and the application can be filed remotely, no need to travel.

Once Vanuatu Citizenship has been granted, investors will be issued with a Vanuatu passport. Vanuatu passport holders benefit from visa-free access to 148 countries and territories worldwide. This represents over a third of the world’s GDP.

In March 2022 the EU suspended their visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu. This suspension will be made permanent in February 2023 meaning Vanuatu citizens will no longer have visa-free access to EU member countries and will need to apply for a separate Schengen visa to travel to this region. Vanuatu passport holders will still be able to access more than 100 countries worldwide, including UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and more.

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  • Visa-Free Travel to the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.
  • Security of a Plan B Passport
  • No requirement to relocate to Vanuatu.
  • No interview processes.
  • Live, Work and Study in Vanuatu
  • No wealth, inheritance, gift, or income tax if not residing.

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