Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment


visa-free countries


minimum requirement


months processing time

Vanuatu is an independent Commonwealth state located in the South Pacific, comprising of 83 islands. The Vanuatu economy relies on agriculture, tourism, offshore financial services, and the cattle industry.

The Vanuatu citizenship by investment programme has helped the country to become a profitable jurisdiction.

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Investing in a second passport for Vanuatu allows individuals to travel visa-free to 113 countries.

Vanuatu has been a long-standing tax-friendly country with no personal income tax, capital gains, or withholding tax. The Vanuatu citizenship-by-investment programme has one of the most simplified and efficient application processes, with applications processed in as little as two months.

Benefits of Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment

There are no minimum physical stay requirements in order to process your Vanuatu citizenship application.

There is no personal income tax, capital gains, or withholding tax.

You can base yourself in a peaceful, untouched environment close to Australia and New Zealand.

Compared to other citizenship-by-investment programmes, Vanuatu has the lowest up-front contribution requirement.

Who Can Get Vanuatu Citizenship

  • Over 18 years old
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Possess net personal assets of $250,000

  • Over 18 years old
  • Have a clean criminal record

  • Fully financially dependent on the investor if over 18

  • Supported by the investor

Programme Requirements

To qualify for the Vanuatu Citizenship byInvestment programme, you must fulfil one of the following investment options AND other requirements:

OPTION 1. Contribute to the Development Support Program (DSP)

The first Citizenship by Investment option is for you to make a $130,000 contribution. This increases to $180,000 for a family of four. You must pay an additional $5,000 for a Financial Intelligence Unit check and a $2,000 administration fee per person.

OPTION 2. Support Cocoa Production Via the Capital Investment Immigration Plan (CIIP)

Alternatively, you can make a $155,000 investment in the CIIP. The price stays the same for individuals and families of four, with every further dependant incurring an additional charge of $25,000. There is a non-refundable $5,000 Due Diligence and Administration Fee to cover everyone listed on the application.

Other Requirements and Benefits

To be eligible for the Vanuatu citizenship-by-investment programme, you must:

Prove that you and your family have a clean bill of health.

While you do not have to live in Vanuatu to become a citizen, the only taxes in the country are indirect VAT and import duty.

Speak to a global expert

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Application Process

  • MONTH 1

    Client onboarding process

    We commence the Vanuatu citizenship programme process with Form 1. This enables us to carry out the initial RIF Trust, part of Latitude Group, due diligence. Following the successful screening, we will provide you with a Client Agreement (CA) to review and sign.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our case processing team will complete all necessary government forms and supporting documents for the Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP). The Vanuatu Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will conduct its own due diligence before issuing an Approval in Principle.

  • MONTH 2

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents, we comprehensively review your Vanuatu citizenship programme application to ensure your file complies with the DSP's requirements. Our case processing team will complete its final checks before submitting the relevant forms.

    We will continue to work closely with the Citizenship Unit throughout the process to ensure your application is timely and efficiently processed.

  • MONTHS 2-3

    Passport issued

    Upon approval for the Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Programme, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any applicable government fees. You will then take an oath of allegiance and receive your passport at your nearest Vanuatu mission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not only will Vanuatu citizenship offer financial gain for investors but will also give you access to unparalleled natural beauty, with an abundance of fresh water, fish, and tropical rainforests.

Vanuatu also features small airports, marinas, yacht clubs, and hotels, all of which combine to make it an outstanding and growing tourist destination.

For those seeking security for their family, Vanuatu citizenship is hereditary, so all future children will be born into it.

To qualify for Vanuatu citizenship, you must be over the age of 18, have a clean criminal record, and have excellent health. You must also be able to provide proof of assets totaling more than $250,000, and be able to make a minimum government-approved contribution of $135,000.

The Vanuatu citizenship programme is one of the shortest and most straightforward to apply for. The timeline from the beginning to the end of applying for Vanuatu citizenship can be as short as two months.

Once your application is approved, you will be able to travel visa-free to 113 countries.

No physical residency is required in order to gain your Vanuatu passport.

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Our team operates in over 20 countries worldwide, securing second citizenship or residency in desirable locations and unlocking a brighter future.

  • Visa-free travel to 113 countries
  • 2-3 months application processing time
  • $130,000 minimum requirement

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