Overview of Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Programme

First launched in 2017, Citizenship by investment in Vanuatu is available to applicants who invest from $130,000 into a local development fund. Officially known as the Vanuatu “Development Support Programme” (DSP), the programme offers one of the fastest citizenship and second passport programmes in the world and is the only programme of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Hemisphere. Vanuatu, a chain of 80 islands in the south Pacific to the east of Australia is part of the Commonwealth. The official languages are English and French. Vanuatu offers Citizenship with full Ni-Vanuatu rights (less voting rights and political involvement).

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How to Obtain Vanuatu Citizenship through Investment

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment programme requires a government donation of $130,000 for a family of up to four applicants. $50,000 of these funds are invested into shares of an approved fund and are redeemable after five years. This effectively means the net cost of the programme works out at $80,000, plus processing and due diligence fees.

Processing is fast with citizenship usually granted within 30-60 days. La Vida’s experts can assist you with the entire application process from A to Z. There is no language requirement and due diligence is conducted on all applicants who must have a clear criminal record. Citizenship is hereditary and an Oath Swearing Ceremony can be arranged in convenient locations around the world. There are no restrictions on dual citizenship and there is no requirement to visit or reside to obtain or retain a passport.

From $130,000 Donation

Full family

Citizenship & Passport

Visa Free Travel 148 Countries

Fast Processing Time

Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Requirements

In addition to making the necessary investment or donation there are several requirements that applicants must meet for Vanuatu

Family Requirements

Family members can be included in the application for Vanuatu citizenship. The main investor can include:

  • Spouse
  • Dependent Children
  • Dependent Parents over 65 years

Due Diligence Requirements

All applicants will need to be of good character and undergo the Vanuatu government’s full due diligence formalities. Investors must provide:

  • Police Reports – evidence of a clean criminal record
  • Have no outstanding visa refusals
  • Various documentation, including financial documents, employment/ business documents, ID, proof of address

Minimum Stay Requirements

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment programme does not require applicants to meet any minimum stay requirements. Ni-Vanuatu citizens will have the right to live, work or study in Vanuatu should they choose to, but this is not a pre-requisite of the programme. There is also no interview or language test required.

Good Character
Clean Criminal Record
No Visa Refusals

Include Full Family
Dependent Parents 65y +
Dependent Children

No Minimum Stay
No Interview
No Language Test

Applicants ID
Proof of Funds
Birth / Marriage Certificates
Financial Records

How Much Does Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment Programme Cost?

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Donation programme requires a contribution to the governments development fund from $130,000 for a family of four. There is a $25,000 fee per each additional applicant for families of more than four persons. Additional due diligence and processing fees are also applicable and will vary depending on the applicant’s age and the size of their family.

How Long Does It take to Get Citizenship by Investment in Vanuatu?

Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment programme offers some of the fastest processing times. From the date the application is submitted to Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), applications are usually approved within 30-60 days, following thorough due diligence checks. Prior to submission, most applicants typically take between 2-6 weeks to gather their documentation. When you consider all aspects of the process it is possible to gain Vanuatu Citizenship within 2-4 months. Once the application has been approved, applicants need to take part in an Oath Swearing Ceremony which can be arranged in convenient locations around the world. La Vida’s in-house processing team will assist applicants with this entire process and the application can be filed remotely, no need to travel.

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How to Obtain Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment


Book your free consultation with La Vida’s team of experts to discuss and decide which programme and investment route is best suited to you and your family. Our experienced consultants will provide you with a personalised quotation which will cover all applicable fees. They will advise and guide you through the entire process in detail.


For your peace of mind, before you commit, La Vida will run a pre-application background check to ensure your application is likely to be successful. Once this has been completed and you are happy to proceed, you can formally initiate the process by signing our Client Facilitator agreement and paying the pre-application deposit.


La Vida’s in-house processing team will work closely with you to prepare your application. Once your file has been fully compiled our team will submit your application to Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (Vanuatu CIU). Government fees will be required at this stage. From this point applications take an average of 30-60 days to be processed.


Following the Vanuatu Citizenship Unit’s comprehensive due diligence checks and analysis of your application, an approval letter from the government will be issued and you will then be required to make the final payment and take the Oath Swearing Ceremony. The passport will be issued within approximately one month and sent to you by secure and recorded delivery.

Benefits of Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Programme

Once Vanuatu Citizenship has been granted, investors will be issued with a Vanuatu passport. Vanuatu passport holders benefit from visa-free access to 148 countries and territories worldwide according to La Vida’s Unique Passport Investment Report. This represents over a third of the world’s GDP.

In March 2022 the EU temporarily suspended their visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu pending reform of the programme. The Vanuatu government has until August 2024 to satisfy the EU and lift the suspension. Until this point Vanuatu passport holders will no longer have visa-free access to EU member countries and will need to apply for a separate Schengen visa to travel to this region. Vanuatu passport holders can still access more than 100 countries worldwide, including UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and more.

Read more in our Vanuatu Passport Investment Report.

  • Visa-Free Travel to the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.
  • Security of a Plan B Passport
  • No requirement to relocate to Vanuatu
  • No interview process
  • Live, Work and Study in Vanuatu
  • No wealth, inheritance, gift, or income tax if not residing.

Advantages of Adding a Vanuatu Passport

When investing for a second citizenship and passport it is key to understand exactly how your existing passport combines to provide visa-free access worldwide. Not only measuring the number of visa-free destinations but giving weight to the importance and popularity of those destinations. Only La Vida provides such comprehensive analysis for the Vanuatu Passport and for passports through other citizenship investment programmes by using sophisticated measures developed for business and leisure travel. Contact us and speak to one of our advisors for your free report tailored to your existing citizenship and passport.


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How Can La Vida Help You?

La Vida has assisted clients in over 150 countries worldwide to obtain their residency or citizenship through investment. Applications for all the programmes we deal with can be processed remotely without you ever having to leave your home country. And prior to that our experienced consultants are always available to advise by email, phone, WhatsApp and zoom video calls.

Our team based in London have helped thousands of satisfied clients worldwide process their citizenship investment applications quickly and effectively. We have one centre of excellence worldwide to give you the best experience. Read more on remote processing, the process, our experienced team, sample reviews and testimonials from our clients and understand how La Vida can help you further.

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