Travel guide

Melanesian culture in paradise.

This independent Pacific state has an extraordinary heritage. Here, you’ll enjoy a passionate journey through mountains and volcanoes, forests and the spirit of the Vanuatu people, who show deep respect for their environment and preserve their traditions. An idyllic archipelago for those who dare to visit.

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Vatu Vanuatuan


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

You can speak French and English, but the local language is Bichelamar:

  • Hello / Good evening = Halo / Gudnaet
  • How are you? = Olsem wanem?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = I gud nomo, tangyu tumas
  • Sorry = Sori
  • Au revoir = Tata / Allez
  • Bienvenue = Welcome
  • Thank you very much = Tangyu (tumas)
  • Excuse me/Please = folds
  • My name is… = Nem blong mi…

Key figures

Surface area: 12,199 km² with around 80 islands

276,244 inhabitants (2017)


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children
  • typhoid, hepatitis A and B depending on local conditions

Vaccination against rabies may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.


French nationals are not required to obtain a visa in advance. A visitor’s visa valid for one month will be issued on arrival in Vanuatu, regardless of the length of stay. It can then be extended as described below. Visitors must present a passport valid for at least six months beyond the planned end date of their stay, and a return ticket valid for a departure date not exceeding three months from the date of arrival.