Australian High Commission
Port Vila
Vanuatu

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in both Australia and Vanuatu, please see below:

Australia

Smartraveller

Department of Health

Information regarding Visas and the COVID 19 travel restrictions can be found at:

Department of Home Affairs (Travel Restrictions) 

Vanuatu 

Vanuatu Ministry of Health

This situation is evolving rapidly. Please make sure you check the above websites for updates regularly. 

 

Latest updates on COVID-19/TC Harold 

13 May - The Australian High Commission requests Australians who wish to return to Australia to register their interest as soon as possible as there may be an opportunity to join a flight later this week.  As there are currently no commercial flights between Vanuatu and Australia this may be the last opportunity to return to Australia until commercial operations resume.  Please contact the Australian High Commission in Port Vila  by emailing consular.portvila@dfat.gov.au  or alternatively calling 22777.

13 May - Australia confirms VUV1.7 billion for Vanuatu to respond to COVID-19 and TC Harold. The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Honourable Bob Loughman Weibor met with Australia’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Her Excellency Sarah deZoeten, to discuss the strong bilateral partnership between Australia and Vanuatu and the importance of the friendship as Vanuatu celebrates its 40th anniversary of independence. Read more on this in the Media Release.  

26 April – Australia delivered a third batch of humanitarian supplies to assist the Government of Vanuatu in responding to Tropical Cyclone Harold. Australia has now delivered over 95 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to the TC Harold response. Australia complied with strict COVID-19 protocols in delivering the supplies.

 The goods will undergo a three day period in quarantine, before they are released for onward distribution. The National Disaster Management Office has prepared this short explanatory video of the quarantine process.

For information on Australia’s support to TC Harold visit: https://www.dfat.gov.au/crisis-hub/Pages/tropical-cyclone-harold

21 April - Australia delivered a second batch of humanitarian supplies. The goods will undergo a three day period in quarantine, before they are released for onward distribution. The National Disaster Management Office has prepared this short explanatory video of the quarantine process.

For information on Australia’s support to TC Harold visit: https://www.dfat.gov.au/crisis-hub/Pages/tropical-cyclone-harold

27 March - Air Vanuatu issued a statement on 27 March that it has suspended its international services until further notice. This follows a statement by Air Vanuatu on 23 March advising of the suspension of flights to Australia and New Zealand. Domestic passenger and cargo services have been maintained.

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO VANUATU, H.E SARAH DEZOETEN

The Government of Vanuatu has declared a second State of Emergency over COVID-19 and TC Harold. Similar measures are being taken across the Indo-Pacific region.

This is a challenging time for all of us. I want to reach out to all Australians in Vanuatu to let you know that we are here should you require assistance. Whether you are an Australian living in Vanuatu permanently or based here temporarily, you are our highest priority.

We understand that it’s stressful if you can’t return home. For Australians in Vanuatu, we ask you to please follow the advice and directions of local authorities. We also ask that you keep up to date with the latest developments by subscribing to Smartraveller (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au) and following us on Facebook and Twitter (@AusHCVanuatu).

We continue to work closely with the Government of Vanuatu to get you accurate and up to date information so that you can make informed decisions.

To register with us, please email Consular.PortVila@dfat.gov.au.

For emergency consular and passport matters, please call us on +678 22777 or call DFAT’s Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or SMS +61 421 269 080. 

In these uncertain and difficult times, please remember that the Australian High Commission in Port Vila is available to support you in an emergency.

 

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