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Vanuatu

Vanuatu: At a glance

Capital: Port Vila

Population: 276,244

Official languages: English, French, Bislama

Time zone: Vanuatu Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Vanuatu: Travel Health Information

Vanuatu is known for its coral reefs and world-class dive sites. Visitors can explore the underwater wreckage of a World War II fighter-plane in Pele and the wreck of USS President Coolidge in Santo. Travellers can also take a canoe tour through the country’s nature conservation areas or visit archaeological sites such as the stone monoliths in Gaua.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Vanuatu may differ from your home country. Vanuatu has a small public healthcare system and a few private providers. The quality of medical care can vary by region but is generally inadequate and does not meet international standards. There are four provincial hospitals and two major referral hospitals on Port Vila and Luganville. There are also health centres and clinics providing basic routine care on the other islands. However, the distances between islands can make it difficult to access care. The country is also experiencing a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Vanuatu typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to New Zealand or Australia may be required for specialized care and medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Vanuatu.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals in Vanuatu may be limited. Pharmaceuticals can mainly be found in hospitals. Make sure to bring an adequate supply of essential medicines for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Vanuatu’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Many roads in Vanuatu are poorly maintained and narrow. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet at all times.



Vanuatu: At a glance

Capital: Port Vila

Population: 276,244

Official languages: English, French, Bislama

Time zone: Vanuatu Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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