Preparing For Your Trip To Vanuatu
How to plan a trip to
You’ve decided to take a trip to Vanuatu. Congratulations! You’ve made a
fantastic decision, and you’ll have the time of your life! But how should you prepare for such a trip? Do you need
to take any precautions beforehand? What do you need to know? What should you pack?
Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered! Here is our guide to preparing for your Vanuatu trip, to help you with your
paperwork, packing and healthcare.
With thorough preparations for your Vanuatu trip, you will find this tropical
a great holiday destination with a lot of available activities in South Pacific
There are obvious essentials to get sorted.
If you are coming from abroad, you will need a passport to get through airport security at both ends of your
The currency in Vanuatu is the Vanuatu Vatu. This is not always an easy currency to get hold of, depending on where
you are in the world. If you are coming from Australia, you will have fewer problems getting Vatus than you will
in, say, Europe, simply due to the frequency of interchange between Vanuatu and other nations. It is worth
researching where you will get your currency reasonably early on - and keeping an eye on the exchange rates in
order to get the best deal for yourself!
It is always a good idea to be covered against all eventualities, wherever you are going! Make sure you get your travel
insurance, in addition to a health insurance coverage.
If you are a citizen of the USA, Australia, Canada, or an EU nation, you will not need a visa to visit Vanuatu.
Many other nations are also visa-free, but it is worth checking before you fly!
Unless you're coming to Vanuatu from a major country, it's smart to check for
visa requirements and how long you're allowed to stay.
Vanuatu is not a dangerous nation to travel to. The crime rate is low, and healthcare is good for a nation of
this size! However, travellers are advised to take certain precautions. These include:
Like many areas of the world, Vanuatu has malaria-bearing mosquitos. Vanuatu’s strain of malaria is resistant to the drug Chloroquine, but there is a plethora of medicines which can prevent you
from getting malaria here. Ask your doctor before leaving, and they will be able to prescribe you an effective
In the event of any trip, it is important to be sure that your routine vaccines are up to date. These include
the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the diptheria-tetanus-pertutiss vaccine, the varicella vaccine, and the
polio vaccine. Most people will have been fully vaccinated for all of these in childhood, but it is worth checking
Hepatitis A vaccine
Some nations recommend getting a Hep A shot before travel to any Oceania nation.
Typhoid cases are relatively rare here, but you can catch it in more rural areas through contaminated food or
water. Getting the typhoid vaccine will prevent this from happening.
If you have an ongoing medical condition, it is important to look up the regulations regarding the bringing of
medical drugs out of your country and into Vanuatu. Usually this is fairly simple, but some cases can be
complicated! It’s also important to think about how you are going to store and use your medicines - whether you
will be able to refrigerate drugs which need to be kept cool, and so forth. Here's some info about prohibited imports into Vanuatu.
When packing for your Vanuatu holiday, bring along the usual tropical vacation
and take necessary health care and medical precautions for a care-free stay.
Assuming you’ve got your passport, currency, and any relevant medicines, what else should you pack? Well, in a
subtropical climate, it’s best to be prepared! Vanuatu is hot, so you’ll need good sun-protection - plus you might also need some sturdy waterproofs! To be on the safe
side, bring the following:
- Plenty of changes of underwear.
- A hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
- Loose-fitting ‘beachwear’ to keep yourself cool in the subtropical heat.
- Plenty of sunblock to prevent sun-damage to your skin.
- A jumper or jacket (it can get chilly in the evenings!).
- Something to bathe in (what’s the point in coming to Vanuatu if you’re not going to
take a dip in the sea?).
- Clothes to cover (wear over) your bathing costume with when you’re away from the beach
(bathing costumes are frowned upon outside of a beach environment).
- Sandals, to keep your feet cool.
- Sneakers, to give yourself a more protective footwear option, especially if you are going
to do some bushwalking.
- Something waterproof, in case you get caught in a tropical downpour!
- Mosquito and bug repellent (preferably containing DEET).
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, deodorant, and all the other essential toiletries.
- Your camera, phone, kindle, tablet, and any other devices you may need
- Chargers and/or batteries for the above (don’t forget to make sure that you can convert
your chargers to fit Vanuatu’s power supply! Power outlets here are generally of the ‘Australian kind’, so pick
up an Australian converter if your own plugs don’t fit this).
- Any accessories, accoutrements, and entertainments you
wish to have with you.
Plan your trip to Vanuatu well using the above tips and advice and you will enjoy your holiday in this great