VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
Portuguese and Brazilian citizens do not need a visa to enter Vanuatu if they present a plane ticket that proves departure from the country within 30 days, as well as a visa or relevant documentation that proves the right to enter the country of return or otherwise.
Officially, unless you come from a country at risk of yellow fever infection, Vanuatu authorities do not require any proof of vaccination.
Hepatitis A and typhoid fever vaccines are advisable if you plan to visit Vanuatu.
Vanuatu also remains one of the Pacific archipelagos plagued by malaria (several variants including falciparum, one of the most worrying) and by Dengue fever. Of the entire archipelago, the exceptions are Port Vila, Futuna, Tongoa, Aneityum and the Mistery Islands. Follow preventive treatment before, during and after possible exposure to mosquitoes. Possibly more importantly, if you visit risky areas, wear light clothing that covers your arms, legs and feet, use repellent and/or mosquito nets and, at night, use a mosquito net. It is recommended that you check a traveler's consultation and to take malaria medication on time before traveling to Vanuatu.
For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).
TRIP TO VANUATU
A Star Alliance fly from Lisbon to Sydney or Auckland with the Lufthansa (tel: 707 782 782) via Frankfurt and Singapore from €800. Airlines that fly from Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands to Vanuatu include Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia and How many. Return flights from these countries to the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, start at €250.
To travel between islands, you'll always have to fly with the Air Vanuatu. Prices for each flight are quite high. During high season, the shorter ones cost over €100 while the longer ones – for example Port Vila – Luganville cost over €200.
If, on the main islands – Efate and Espírito Santo – you insist on being totally independent, don't forget to rent vehicles with four-wheel drive. Leaving the city centers behind, the roads become deplorable. Expect to pay around €60 to €100 per day for a small jeep. A little less if you just rent an SUV. On the other islands, there is not even the possibility of renting a car or, if there is, it will be outside commercial rules.
Alternatively, in Port Vila (Efate) and Luganville (Espírito Santo) you can take a public minibus (1€ per way within the cities). At night, as the natives do, wave a cell phone or other light so that drivers know you want to get on board.
To visit places outside the cities, sign up for existing tours or charter a land taxi (55€ to 105€ per day) or sea taxi.
Vanuatu's climate ranges from humid tropical in the north (more than 4.000 mm of rainfall per year) to subtropical in the south (less than 2.000 mm per year). In addition, each of the islands has its own wet and dry areas, marked by relief and other factors. Vanuatu's dry season runs from May to October. It's also the freshest. The rainy season, muggy heat and mosquitoes runs from November to April. December to March are the months of cyclones and, on average, Vanuatu is visited by two a year. In Port Vila, maximum temperatures range from an average of 27ºC in July to 30ºC in January. During the austral winter, on the nights of Port Vila, temperatures can be registered below 12ºC.
The currency of Vanuatu is the Vatu (VUV). At the time of creation of this text, international surveys were only possible in Port Vila – Efate and in Luganville. Credit card payments were only accepted in the most modern establishments in these cities. Vanuatu's cost of living is somewhat inflated by the archipelago's insularity and tourist eccentricity.
You'll find a little bit of everything but only on the most touristy and developed islands of Vanuatu: Efate, Tanna, Espiritu Santo.
Some guest houses quasi-family and motels in Port Vila and Luganville charge from €15 to €30 per night for a double room. certain guest houses they also include breakfast and laundry service.
In a completely different record, several resorts disseminated in paradisiacal places around Efate, Espiritu Santo and even Tanna they guarantee stays almost with their feet in the water for much higher prices, in the order of €250 to €500 per night for a double room.
The strong insularity and the rise of Vanuatu as an unmissable archipelago in the South Pacific have caused prices in general and, in particular, of food to have risen substantially in the last decade. Meals in the most common restaurants in Port Vila or Luganville range from €12 to €20. In the most sophisticated restaurants, mainly in resorts from €20 to €80. If you arrive on a limited budget, buy groceries at mini-markets and local markets. Port Vila and Luganville have their own, which the Ni-Vanuatu population accesses en masse to sell products. Even if somewhat bleak, any of these markets is a veritable epic of Melanesian ethnicity.
Barring drastic last minute changes you will find unstable and desperately slow Internet even in the capital Port Vila. In fact, it may not work perfectly for long periods if there is a failure in the island's electricity supply. If nothing changes in the meantime, outside of Efate, Espiritu Santo and the best hotels/resorts in Tanna, it is best to forget about the Internet for a few days.