VANUATU TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometres. The islands offer scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks.

 

The chain of 83 islands reminded Capt Cook of the dark, forbidding, wind buffeted islands off the Scottish coast and he named them New Hebrides. The islands range from towering volcanoes to those covered in dense rainforests to those with wide beaches with deep natural harbours.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Vanuatu has suspended all flights except for humanitarian and repatriation flights.Travelers arriving on repatriation flights are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

 

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  • Capital: Port-Vila
  • Currency: vatu (VUV)
  • Area: 12,200 km²
  • Population: 292 680 (2018)
  • Language: English, French, creole (known as Bislama or Bichelama) official; plus 100+ local languages
  • Religion: Presbyterian 36.7%, Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 15%, indigenous beliefs 7.6%
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 21 February, Father Walter Lini Day (Father of Independence)
  • 5 March, Custom Chief’s Day
  • 24 July, Children’s Day
  • 30 July, Independence Day
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 5 October, Constitution Day
  • 29 November, National Unity Day
  • 26 December, Family Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Ascension Day.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Vanuatu’s climate varies with latitude, from wet tropical in the northern islands, which receive over 4,000 millimetres (mm) of annual rainfall to the dryer subtropical in the southern extremes of the archipelago, where annual average rainfall measures 1,500 mm. Average temperatures range from 21°C to 27°C, and unlike many of the Pacific island nations, seasonal temperatures in the capital city of Port Vila exhibit high variability with summertime highs exceeding 30°C and minimum temperatures often reaching below 20°C. Seasonal and inter-annual variations in climate are driven by changes associated with El Niño, which affect every aspect of the climate in the Pacific. Cyclones are common during the warm months of November to April, although two recent cyclonic events were experienced outside of the traditional cyclonic season.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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