Vanuatu Guide

Vanuatu Guide

Country data

Location: South Pacific Ocean

Time zone: CET + 10

Total area: 12,189 km²

Land area: 12,189 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 2,528 km

Capital: Port Vila

Provinces: 6
Malampa, Penama, Sanma, Shefa, Tafea, Torba

Electric current: 220, 230 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 678 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Tabwemasana 1,877 m


Population: approx. 270,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 2% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 22

Life expectancy: 71 (male), 74 (female)

Official language: Bislama, English, French


  • 70% Protestants
  • 12% Roman Catholic
  • 18% other



Dry season:

  • May until October
  • average temperatures around 24 ° C
  • high humidity
  • rare rains

Rainy season:

  • November to April
  • average temperatures around 30 ° C
  • very high humidity
  • very frequent and heavy rains

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Vatu (VUV)

ATMs: There are ATMs in Efate, Luganville, Malekula Port Vila, Santo and Tanna.

International credit cards: Only a few larger shops and hotels accept them. However, cash payments are usually common.

Regulations: National and foreign currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

The Australian dollar is recommended as a foreign currency, as it can be exchanged without any problems. Most stores can also be used to pay directly.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

There is an import ban for:

  • Drugs of all kinds
  • Guns and ammunition of all kinds
  • pornographic articles and magazines
  • Plant and animal products

Travel advice

There is no German embassy in Vanuatu. The German embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.


Most of the residents are employed in agriculture and fishing. These also represent the most important branches of industry.

For some time now, the government has been expanding the still weak tourism industry in order to tap new sources of income.

Industries: fishing, wood processing, agriculture, food production

Natural resources: fish, wood, manganese

Land use:

  • Usable land: 2%
  • Grain cultivation: 10%
  • Pasture area: 2%
  • Forests: 75%
  • other: 11%
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