The government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency for the island of Ambae. The government have ordered the immediate compulsory evacuation of the population of Ambae to the neighbouring island of Maewo due to the ongoing volcanic activity. If you’re in Vanuatu you’re advised to follow the advice of the local authorities, including the evacuation order.
Vanuatu lies on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and regularly experiences natural disasters, including cyclones, volcanic activity, earthquakes and tsunamis, with over 2,000 seismic events reported each year. Alert levels and accessibility to volcanoes can change quickly. You should monitor the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department website for the latest updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters.
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.
The Vanuatu government has confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in the capital city Port Vila and the provinces of Shefa, Sanma, Tafea and Torba. You should follow the advice of local authorities and take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Vanuatu, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.
Most visits to Vanuatu are trouble free. Crime levels are low but you should take normal precautions.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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.