Development Support Program
On January 1, 2017, Regulation Order No. 215 and 216 of 2016 came into force which grants, under the Development Support Program, honorary citizenship to foreigners who make certain economic contributions to the Government.
A Vanuatu passport grants citizens visa-free access to 125 countries worldwide, including the UK, the whole of Europe, Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The Development Support Program replaces the former Economic Citizenship Program, the Vanuatu Economic Rehabilitation Program (VERP), which was established in 2015 to raise funds to mitigate damage to the infrastructure and houses made by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Non-refundable contribution to the Government of VanuatuCosts of the program are as follows:
- US$160,000 for a single applicant
- US$185,000 for a married couple
- US$200,000 for a married couple and one child
- US$220,000 for a married couple and two children
+ US$25,000 for each additional dependent
+$5,000 for the FIU due diligence fee for each applicant
Amounts include VIPA fees, processing fees, passport fees, and agent handling charges. Contributions can be made in USD or EUR.
- Main applicant must be 18 years old or older.
- Proof of the ownership of assets with a minimum total value of $450,000, in established businesses, real estate, shares, bank deposits, among others.
- Main applicant and dependents do not suffer contagious diseases and/or serious health problems.
- Clean Criminal Record.
- Not to be subject of a criminal investigation.
- Not to be considered a potential national security risk.
- Not to be involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to Vanuatu.
No nationality is officially restricted
Dual citizenship is recognized in Vanuatu. You are not required to renounce your previous nationality to become a citizen of Vanuatu.
- Proof of net wealth
- Certified copy of passport
- Certified copy of ID Card
- Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)
- Original Police Clearance Certificate
- Medical Certificate
- Employment letter
- Professional and academic certificates (if applicable)
- Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)
- Original Professional Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)
- Official transcripts of written confirmation from a recognized education center (dependents over 18)
- Six passport-size photos
- Proof of payment of nonrefundable processing and due diligence fees
- Investment Confirmation / Escrow agreement
- dual citizenship Yes
- Family members included Yes
- land ownership No
- Physical residence required No
- Personal visit required No
- Language skills required No
- Interview required No
- Investment Single $160,000
- Investment Family 4 $220,000
- Minimum annual income -
- Time to citizenship 3
- Time to permanent residency
- Visa-free countries 113
- Financing available No
It's located 1750 km from Australia, 500 km northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. The islands have a population of 267,000 inhabitants. Its capital, most populated city and economic and commercial center is Port Vila, located in Efate Island (the third largest of the archipelago), which has the most important port and airport of the country.
Its official languages are Bislama, French and English. Its official currency is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV).
Visa Free Travel
The income of Vanuatu citizens or residents is free of any kind of local taxes, whether the income is remitted or not. Vanuatu is a low tax and offshore jurisdiction free from personal income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and wealth tax.
Lands in Vanuatu are not freehold. Properties can be leased for up to 50 years for residential lots and 75 for commercial ones. Land lease is subject to a 2% registration fee and 5% stamp duty on the unimproved capital value.
Value-added tax (VAT) in Vanuatu is 12.5%.
Regarding corporate taxation, companies incorporated in Vanuatu are free from income taxes, dividend distribution taxes, capital gains taxes and withholding taxes.
Companies incorporated under the Companies Act are entitled to do business within the country. Those incorporated under the International Companies Act may have restrictions to do business with residents, but may benefit from confidentiality, no filling requirements and may be guaranteed for a full tax exemption for 20 years.
Learn more about corporate taxation, legal framework and tax treaties at incorporations.io/vanuatu.
This should not be construed as tax advice. We have access to a global network of qualified attorneys and accountants who can give you the proper advice for your particular circumstances. Contact us for further information.
- Property tax Yes
- Transfer tax Yes
- Inheritance tax No
- Net worth tax No
- CFC law No
- Tax residency days 183
- Personal income tax rate 0%
- Capital Gains tax rate 0%
- Investment income tax rate 0%
- Territorial taxation Yes
ProceduresPlease sign in to view
Our qualified attorney in Vanuatu will handle all paperwork, and guide you through each step of the process to ensure that it is as fast, efficient and pain-free as possible.
First, our lawyers will conduct a due diligence check on you to ensure that you are eligible and meet the criteria to apply for the program, and that your application will be approved.
You will need to send a copy of your passport and a police clearance certificate and we will remit them to the Vanuatu Citizenship Office. The Screening Committee will conduct due diligence checks through the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which may take about 7 days. If the FIU confirms that you do not have a criminal record, we will send you the application forms and provide assistance to complete the questionnaires, translate and authenticate documents.
You must conduct a medical examination (we may recommend clinics in your jurisdiction) and provide us the medical assessment. After that, you will be ready to undergo fingerprint procedures and transfer your investment to an escrow account (through escrow.com).
50% of the payment must be done to Vanuatu’s government prior to approval, and is not refundable. However, the applications that have been authorized by the FIU, if the required documentation is properly delivered and remain payment is made, is likely to be successfully approved and an 'Approval in Principle' is granted by the government. We will ensure that you strictly fulfill all requirements prior to any payment.
Within one month, the Citizenship Commission will decide whether to approve the application. If the application is approved the Commission will issue a letter confirming it. Within 5 days of receipt of the confirmation letter, the remaining 50% of the total cost and complete passport application must be paid.
Within a period of one month, the Commission will inform the Prime Minister of the decision, which in turn will inform the president of the persons to be granted with honorary citizenship. After this, the Commission will issue the certificate of citizenship and will require the passport office to issue the passport(s). A soft copy of the certificate of citizenship and passport will be sent by email to you.
Processing can be done entirely remotely without the need to travel to Vanuatu. You will have three options to receive the citizenship certificate and original passport: to travel to Vanuatu and to appear before the Commissioner of Oath, or to invite the Commissioner of Oath to your country (you must pay travel and accommodation expenses) or wait for the Oath Commissioner to visit the nearest Embassy or diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The whole process takes from 2 to 3 months.
For further information on Vanuatu’s citizenship by investment program and detailed procedures, contact us for a free private consultation.