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Vanuatu to reopen to international travellers in July

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Port-Vila, Vanuatu: 28 April, 2022: The Vanuatu Tourism Office is excited to announce that Vanuatu will open its borders to fully-vaccinated international travellers from 1 July, 2022 with no quarantine or arrival caps, with consumers able to book flights to Port Vila with the country’s national carrier, Air Vanuatu. 

This is fantastic news for the local tourism industry and future international travellers, says the CEO of the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Mrs. Adela Issachar Aru. 

“We’ve kept Vanuatu beautiful, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming back travellers back to our shores come July,” says Mrs. Issachar Aru. “We’ll be using the next two months to help ready our tourism operators to ensure visitors can safely experience the very best of our islands. 

“As the country begins opening up, we’re encouraging Australians, Kiwis and New Caledonians to Answer the Call of Vanuatu and put us on their holiday wish lists once again. Incredible experiences await for travellers; whether they want to get off the beaten track and get lost in our untouched wonders of coral reefs, palm trees or have the experience of a lifetime visiting and staying with Ni-Vanuatu people, enjoying the cultural performances and enjoy what we have so much on offer throughout our 83 islands for every type of traveller.”

The country will still have some entry requirements in place to ensure that both visitors and locals alike are kept safe when travelling within its islands. These requirements will include being fully vaccinated, pre-departure tests and undertaking a health clearance, as well as arrival testing. Local businesses are also undergoing the Safe Business Operations programme, which covers training to ensure enhanced cleaning, personal hygiene, and protection measures are in place to combat the spread of Covid-19. 

While international borders have been closed, Vanuatu has been keeping it beautiful and taking care of its spectacular islands, breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and developing exciting new experiences and refreshing products, ready to welcome visitors back. 

“We’re so excited to be welcoming our international travellers back to Mangoes Resort. We’ve spent the last two years working tirelessly to update and refresh the resort and we can’t wait to show the beauty of Vanuatu once again.” Says Michelle Clements, Managing Director of Mangoes Resort & Restaurant in Port-Vila.

Flights are available to book from today, with Air Vanuatu resuming its services with six non-stop flights from Sydney, one direct service a week from Melbourne, and three non-stop flights a week from Brisbane to Port Vila, two weekly services from Auckland and three services a week from Noumea, with onward connections to 27 destinations within Vanuatu. 

View the full border reopening plan, including details of the phased reopening and milestones leading up to the 1 July reopening on the Vanuatu Tourism Office COVID-19 information page here

The Vanuatu Tourism Office will keep consumers updated with key milestones and updates to the border reopening. For more information on Vanuatu, visit: www.vanuatu.travel/nz/

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