Summary

A state of emergency remains in place in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam which caused extensive and widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure across the country including the capital, Port Vila. You should continue to exercise caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

The cyclone caused significant damage to hotels and other tourist infrastructure, which is gradually being repaired. The airport in Port Vila sustained damage but remains operational, although some domestic flights have yet to resume normal services. If you’re travelling to Vanuatu you should reconfirm flight and accommodation bookings.

Water borne diseases are reported to be increasing. See Health

If you’re in Vanuatu and need emergency assistance you should contact the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila.

There is no British diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The British High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Islands provides consular assistance for British nationals in Vanuatu. In an emergency the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vilamay also be able to help.

Vanuatu lies on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and regularly experiences seismic and volcanic activity, with over 2,000 seismic events reported each year. See Earthquakes

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.