- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:35 NZDT
- Still current at: 19 September 2020
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The crime rate in Vanuatu is low; however, robberies, assaults and sexual assaults against foreigners do occur, including in their homes, particularly in the capital Port Vila. Risks increase after dark, in isolated locations and if you're alone.
New Zealanders are advised to pay close attention to their security, ensuring that all doors and windows are locked at night and while absent and that valuables are kept in a safe and secure place.
Vanuatu is in an active seismic zone and prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity, with an associated risk of tsunamis. A state of emergency (now lifted) was declared for Ambae Island in April 2018 due to volcanic activity from Manaro Voui volcano. More recently, in December 2018, there was significant volcanic activity on Ambrym Island.
There are a number of active volcanoes in Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department assess that the volcanos located on the islands of Ambae, Lopevi, Tanna, Ambrym and Gaua are in a major state of unrest (Alert Level 2). The volcano on Vanua Lava is assessed as in a state of unrest (Level 1). Relevant information and the latest reports on volcanic activity throughout Vanuatu (and any current cyclone or tsunami warnings), is available from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department website. Travellers can also check with the Vanuatu Tourism Office or the Tafea Provincial Council Office for Mount Yasur in Tanna. New Zealanders in Vanuatu are advised to follow the advice of local authorities at all times, including ensuring awareness of, and adherence to, any designated volcano exclusion zones or evacuation orders.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Vanuatu should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Vanuatu are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu
Street Address La Casa D’Andrea E Luciano, Rue Pierre Lamy St, Port Vila, Vanuatu Postal Address PO Box 161, Port Vila, Vanuatu Telephone +678 22 933 Fax +678 22 518 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/vanuatu Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1300-1500 hrs
See our regional advice for the Pacific
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New Zealand High Commission Vanuatu
La Casa D’Andrea E Luciano, Rue Pierre Lamy St, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Telephone: +678 22 933
Fax: +678 22 518
Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1300-1500 hrs