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Foreign travel advice

Vanuatu

Summary

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in Vanuatu in 2015. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Seek advice from a health professional if you have any further questions or concerns.

In January, Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia announced the suspension of flights to Vanuatu. You should contact your travel agent or airline for the latest information.

A general election took place on 22 January 2016 and a new Prime Minister is scheduled to be chosen by Parliament on 8 February. During this period you should take extra care around large gatherings, avoid any political demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities.

The tropical cyclone season normally runs from November to May. You should monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

There’s 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 Vila or the French Embassy may 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

The Vanuatu Geohazards Department has issued level 2 alerts for both the northern and southern volcanoes of Ambrym and Tanna. Local communities and tourists have been banned from visiting the rim of these craters. There is a (lower) level 1 alert for a volcano on Ambae island. There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

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