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Please click here to view all information on customs crimes and sanctions. Lenakel Harbour on Tanna Isle, Vila Harbour on Efate Isle, Luganville Harbour on Santo Isle and Sola Harbour on Vanua Lava Isle are the only entrance harbours in Vanuatu Republic.
Boats on their way to Vanuatu must arrive at customs at least 24 hrs in advance. All boats on their way to Vanuatu must be delivered to customs at least 24h before. The quarantine legislation requires the ship to carry the yellowness banner as soon as it arrives in the Vanuatu EEZ. When arriving at the harbour, ships can call "Zoll" via VHF channel 16 (currently only in Ports Vila and Lenakel).
The captain of all boats arriving in Vanuatu from a overseas harbour or town must first register with the Lenakel or Luganville or Sola harbour immigration, quarantine and immigration services. Ships may not call at Mystery Island (Anietyum) or the port resolution (Tanna) or any other place in Vanuatu before calling at any of the above mentioned harbours for custom clearances, unless the Director of Tax and Excise has given his previous inscription.
Ships' masters who have visited these places before entering the country, received an inter-island cruising permit or have obtained their approval in writing may be fined and/or prosecuted. It' s an offense to go on land in Vanuatu unless you go through custom on your way here. You can find online inbound declarations via our online form section.
In order to make handling easier, completed application documents can be sent by e-mail to the e-mail addresses given on the paper. Passenger interactive travel check-in sheets are available on the Customs website under the section Ones. In order to make check-in easier, completed documents can be sent to the same e-mail-adress of customs authorities before your check-in.
You will need the completed immigration office to take care of the immigration procedures. Upon your check-in, all weapons and munitions must be declaring and handed over to the customs officer for safekeeping. When Customs is convinced that guns and munitions can be securely stored on the import ship, this may be permitted.
Where there are no such safe closing procedures, goods shall be held by customs throughout the ship³s voyage to Vanuatu. In such cases, the planned leaving the final check-in harbour must be announced at least 48hrs in advance. Vanuatu law prohibits the import of narcotic drugs, indecent literature and material (books, journals, DVD's, computer recorded pictures and videotapes ) and certain types of guns such as self-arm.
Each of the small boats visited is responsible for harbour fees of 7,875 VAT or part of it for a duration of 30 nights. There is an extra 100 VAT per person per day after 30 working nights from the date of first arrivals. Harbour fees are payable at the Ports & Harbour offices or, if not available, at the customs offices of the last point of embarkation (Lenakel, Por Vila, Luganville or Sola).
In addition, a limitation on whether such goods may stay on the ship after arriving in a customs harbour may be imposed by biosecurity missions. Without the approval of Bio-security, no waste may end up in Vanuatu. Visits of vessels leaving Vanuatu on their own account from a non-Swiss harbour or town may arrive in Vanuatu duty-free for a maximum of 18 month for a maximum of 24 month, except in circumstances (including a transfer of domicile) that have been approved by the Customs Director, and stay there on a temporary basis.
Customs will set an interim deadline of 6 month for ships wishing to retain more than 6 month in Vanuatu for administration use. Before the six-month deadline expires, the party in charge of such ships must consult customs in order to prolong their visit to Vanuatu. It must be in the possession of one or more people travelling on the ship at the moment of its flight to Vanuatu and may be rented, charters or otherwise rented only for their use.
They may not be used for business purposes in Vanuatu and may not be resold, loaned, rented, mortgaged or otherwise used in Vanuatu. Ships that wish to travel to more distant and secluded Vanuatu locations can request an "Inter-island cruising permit", which is granted to real small cruise ships and is available for a maximum of six month.
One copy of the travel authorisation shall be in the possession of the captain who exempts the ship from the declaration to duty until the time of the export harbour or for the extension of the authorisation. Ships that are brought into Vanuatu on a temporary basis may not be used for commercial purposes under ordinary conditions. However, if the ship is defined as a "super yacht", certain supplements are granted (see section 8).
In the event that the "superyacht" conditions are not met, the ship may not be used for business purposes, either for charter or hire or for paid services (e.g. sailing). Conducting such trading operations is a criminal offense and in such conditions duties may be levied on the ship.
Superyacht is a ship worth more than 200.000.000.000.000 Vatu (about 2.000.000 US$). In order for these ships to be commercially viable in Vanuatu, the following conditions must be complied with. a) The ship shall have up-to-date international inspection reports enabling the chartering and/or transport of people. b ) Chartering permits in Vanuatu must be issued by the Ports and Marine License Department.
c) A representative who is locally certified for value added tax and has a valid trade license in Vanuatu must be nominated as a ship's representative. d ) The sender' s agents must bear the value added tax on all sales in Vanuatu on board the boat and on the cost of the charters. d ) You will be introduced by a Vanuatu inhabitant or a Vanuatu residing individual at the end of the 6-month license to obtain a stay in Vanuatu in accordance with Section 2(3) of List 3 of the Import Duty Act (Amendment).
Any goods to be landfall in Vanuatu must be declared to custom. These include goods to be donated to a Vanuatu individual or organization. Once the quarantine and immigration procedures have been completed at the point of embarkation, the captain of any ship intending to enter other of the group's vessels may only do so after prior declaration to the custom offices and official authorisation.
Toll-free goods can be transported on ship of any ship that has vacated its premises or is about to enter a different harbor or location. You can also buy duty-free petrol for the journey abroad after custom formalities. For detailed information on the duty-free regulations available, please contact your local customhouse.
Any yacht that leaves Vanuatu for a destination abroad must be cleared by customs at the last point of departures (e.g. Lenakel, Por Vila, Luganville or Sola). Without the authorisation of the Director, a ship which has issued a safety certification must sail within 24 hrs of its issuance and may not proceed to a location in Vanuatu.
Vessels seeking a customs and immigration permit in places other than Lenakel, Porta Vila, Luganville or Sola must obtain such a permit in advanced. As an alternative, a document certifying the completion of operations at the last notified harbour in Vanuatu may be drawn up, provided that an application is sent by e-mail or a notification to customs at least 24 hours before the time of sailing from the notified harbour.
After the permit has been obtained, the safety certification will be drawn up with the ETD from the non-registered site. The harbour fees are charged and payed up to the Vanuatu ETD, while the exemption is only given for the voyage there in accordance with present practice. There are interactive outbound reporting form available on the Customs website under Form.
In order to make handling easier, completed application documents can be sent by e-mail to the e-mail addresses given on the paper. Any attempt will be made to take boarding ships coming from abroad as soon as possible after their real destination. External check-in can take place within 24 hrs before the flight leaves.
The standard duty opening times are shown below. Outside these times for incoming and outgoing ships there will be extra charges for extra time.