Summary

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.

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

There’s no British diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. Consular support is limited in Vanuatu, however, the British High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Islands can provide consular support to British nationals.