If you are fed up with the hustle and bustle of big city life and the stress surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, it is entirely natural that you want to get away to a beautiful, faraway, and most importantly, safe place. To make your choice of destination easier, read on to find out how Vanuatu is affected by the global epidemic.
Like just about every other country in the world, Vanuatu has also been affected by the coronavirus epidemic, with tourism going through tough times, with many people losing jobs. There is a State of Emergency in place until the end of December 2020. If you are planning to travel to Vanuatu, follow your government's advice for the country. Some countries, such as Australia, have a total ban on overseas travel.
Where should I go while the global epidemic is on the loose?
Sadly, countries in Europe, such as Italy, Spain, and France, which have consistently been on the top of the list for travelers and expats, are no longer ideal places for your holiday or retirement. The coronavirus epidemic has made traveling to these countries extremely precarious, both in terms of health concerns and the job market.
However, this does not mean that you have to risk your health and well-being by staying in your place of residence. You should consider going to a spot that is out of your comfort zone, but, even more importantly, out of coronavirus' reach. There are very few places available to go, including Vanuatu, where all ports of entry have been closed until the end of 2020.
Vanuatu is one of the few places in the world that is coronavirus-free. Since it is such a small country, both in terms of total surface area and population, the local government has taken up measures to keep it that way by restricting entry and introducing harsher safety measures, both for locals and expats. Although it's borders are still open for tourists, flying in to the country is not as easy as it used to be before the pandemic. This is the case until the end of 2020 at least.
Why should I visit Vanuatu?
Vanuatu is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. This fact alone makes it the perfect safe resort. Vanuatu is an island country - it has 83 islands with outstanding beaches and wonderful nature. In fact, if you have ever wondered what may be the happiest place in the world, now you know! Vanuatu has taken the title twice so far.
The reason behind this is that it is a perfect melange of wild and metropolitan. The capital city of Port Vila is a haven for tourists and people who like to go to cafes and restaurants and enjoy the tropical scenery. If you ever get tired of living in the capital, the amazing beaches and breathtaking wilderness will shake up your adventurous spirit.
Furthermore, Vanuatu locals are known for their cordial and welcoming demeanor. Visitors of the islands are usually charmed by their hospitality and laid-back approach to life. The locals speak Bislama, but French and English are official languages, mostly used in education.
Although all of these characteristics are usually a tourist magnet, Vanuatu is typically not overcrowded by visitors. This is an important consideration, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. Nevertheless, most shops, restaurants, and other attractions have continued working since 40% of the workforce works in the hospitality and tourism sector.
How is Vanuatu affected by the global pandemic?
Fortunately, the local government has introduced strict anti-COVID-19 measures early on, to prevent the spread of the virus. Get coronavirus updates for Vanuatu here.
All businesses have been instructed to provide handwashing units at their own expense to minimize the potential spread of the disease.
The famous kava bars that serve psychoactive liquids traditionally consumed from a shared dish are now only offering takeaway due to health concerns.
Consequently, this makes Vanuatu the most optimal country where you can move to or enjoy your holiday as it is safe compared to other countries at the moment.
However, it is important that your moving crew from Four Winds Saudi Arabia follows all the safety precautions, so make sure you ask them everything you need to know.
Where should I stay in Vanuatu?
It comes as no surprise that most visitors and expats stay in the capital city, Port Vila. It is the island country's cultural and industrial center, which attracts many young professionals. Additionally, it is much more prudent to be in Port Vila as you can get medical assistance and reach the airport much more quickly than in smaller towns and villages.
Another interesting option to consider is moving to the island of Santo, in which you also have access to water, electricity, internet, healthcare, public transport… However, since Air Vanuatu has significantly decreased the number of inbound and outbound flights, keep in mind that moving from island to island is extremely difficult and done only in cases of health emergencies.
The important thing to keep in mind regarding the pandemic and related safety measures is that you will have to stay in a 14 day quarantine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you have been in contact with anybody who suffers from coronavirus or is experiencing symptoms, you will not be allowed to enter the country until two weeks after your last exposure.
What should I do in Vanuatu during the global epidemic?
What to do with all the time that is at your disposal during the COVID-19 epidemic is a good question if there ever was one. But do not worry - staying on a tropical island is possibly the most relaxing and enjoyable solution to the problem. The crystal clear, blue waters surrounding the Vanuatu islands have been mesmerizing expats for years, and there is no shame in disregarding the global epidemic for an hour or two. One of the most popular activities that can help you kill time is scuba diving.
Other than that, you can go fishing (fish is a staple food for 90% of the local population), surfing, waterskiing… Vanuatu is truly a haven for watersports aficionados, especially since it has not been affected by the global pandemic as much as the rest of the world.
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