January 2016 Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia announced the suspension of flights to Vanuatu. You should contact your travel agent or airline for the latest information.
A general election took place 22 January 2016. A new Prime Minister is scheduled to be chosen by Parliament on 8 February 2016. You should take extra care around large gatherings, avoid any political demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Tropical cyclone season normally runs November to May. You should monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. Vanuatu lies on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and regularly experiences seismic and volcanic activity, with over 2,000 seismic events reported each year.
British Diplomatic Assistance
There’s no British diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The British High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Islands provides consular assistance for British nationals in Vanuatu. In an emergency the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila or the French Embassy may also be able to help.
International Medical, Health and Travel Insurance Vanuatu
Take out comprehensive international private medical and travel insurance before you travel to Vanuatu because medical facilities in Vanuatu are basic. More serious cases will require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. Make sure you have the right medical and travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam there has been a rise in cases of diarrhoea, sickness and water borne diseases. Rates of infectious disease are likely to rise due to people living in close proximity in evacuation centres.