ABOUT VANUATU

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Geography and Climate

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu an Island Nation of approximately 80 islands spreading over 4706 square miles. The island are divided into 6 major seasons the Cold (Dry) season from May to Octobre and the Hot (Wet/Cyclone) season from November to April.

Time Zone

Vanuatu time is UCT + 11:00 hour.

Population

Vanuatu Has total population of 283,492 scattered throughout the islands.

Government

The country is governed under a parliamentary republican system with a national government consisting of an executive, a legislative and judicial arm. There are 6 regional government to govern the 6 provinces in the country. The country is run under a Combined commn law system, incorporating British, french and customary law.

Official Language

The official languages are Bislama, English and French. There are other languages spoken domestically including other international languages such as Chinese and Japanese languages.

Currency

The local currency is the Vatu. Foreign currency can be easily converted to the local currency via the currency exchanges or the commercial banks.

Business Hours

The Government business days in the country is from Monday to Friday. Business hours from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Banking

The country has 4 major commercial banks namely ANZ Bank, Westpac Bank, Bred Bank and the National Bank of Vanuatu currently operating in the country.

Telecommunications

There are 2 mobile network providers in the country and they provide mobile phone services throughout all the islands of Vanuatu. Internet and satellite communications is lso widely used in the country. Other forms of communication such as fax, telephone, email, postal service are provides in the towns in the post office or internet cafes in town.

Health Medical

There are no serious medical threats in the country wich require prior vaccination. It is however safe to take the routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chikenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and flu shot.

Media

The local media are reported in the three official languages.
Local News Papers

Local Radio Stations

Local Television

  • Television Blong Vanuatu

Other international radio and satellite television are accessible in the country.

Electricity

Vanuatu uses 220-230 volts AC “Type I” Australian AS-3112 type of electrical sockets. This is the type with 3-pin plugs-and earth pin and two flat current-carrying pins. plug converters can be bought in the local electrical supply shops and hardware or in some general stores.

Transport

Major forms of transport in the towns are Taxis and Buses. In the outer islands boats are commonly used as the mode for transport. There are vehicles for hire in the towns. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road same as in the US and Europe.

Airport

The international airport of entry is the Bauerfield International Airport. There are domestic airports outer islands for domestic travel.

Airport Tax

A departure tax of VT 2500 in charged at the international airport and VT 400 for domestic departures.

Tipping

Tipping or bargaining goes against local tradition and are not practiced int the country.

Religion

Vanuatu is a predominantly Christian country.

Insurance

Travel insurance is always highly recommend for travellers.

Passport & Visas

Passport requirements for traveling to Vanuatu is that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return to your country of origin. All commonwealth member countries do not require a visa to travel to Vanuatu. For further visa requiment contact the Vanuatu consulate or embassy nearest to you of the Vanuatu immigration department.

Dressing

Dressing is usually light and casual however not too brief in public places.