US citizens intending to travel to Vanuatu can do so visa-free for stays of up to 30 days on condition that they are able to present a US passport valid for at least 90 days following their departure from Vanuatu, an onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses for their entire length of stay. Additionally, it is highly recommended for US citizens to ensure that they have at least 2 unused pages in their passport, allowing for necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. If needed, travelers can apply for extensions of up to a total stay of 120 days.
There is a low to moderate malaria risk throughout the year in the whole country; vaccination against malaria is highly recommended.
Those planning to transit through Australia to get to Vanuatu are required to have a valid US passport and must enter with an Australian visa. Alternately, if eligible, travelers can enter through the Electronic Travel Authority for a small service fee.
Americans intending to remain in Vanuatu for longer than 30 days or are planning to take up residence in Vanuatu should apply for standard permanent residence permits which are usually initially issued for 1 year and are subject to renewal annually.
For further and most current information concerning visas and permanent residence permits for Vanuatu, US citizens are advised to contact:
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400B
New York, NY
Telephone: (212) 661-4303
Fax: (212) 422-3427 / 661-5544