New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


At 4.25pm on Wednesday 10 August an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck 25km North West of Efate Island, home to Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, and the New Zealand High Commission.  While there have been no incidents of serious injury or major infrastructural damage reported, a number of sizable aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.0 just before 3.30pm local time on Thursday 11 August, have continued to rattle Port Vila.  Although the frequency and size of the aftershocks is reducing, we recommend those planning to travel to Vanuatu check the Ministry of Foreign Af


On Friday 6 August Prime Minister John Key visited Freswota ("Freshwater") School in Port Vila, Vanuatu, accompanied by the Vanuatu Minister of Education, Hon Charlot Salwai, to view first-hand the positive impact New Zealand's assistance to Vanuatu's education sector is having.  During the visit, PM Key toured the school, met with local school children and talked with the School's Principal and staff.  In collaboration with other donors, New Zealand is providing NZ$12m over three years (2010-2012) to support improvements to basic education in Vanuatu.


Prime Minister John Key made a successful three day visit to Vanuatu, 3-6 August, to attend the 41st Pacific Islands Forum, including Leaders' Retreat at Port Havannah.  During the Forum, leaders unanimously accepted New Zealand's offer to host the Pacific Islands Forum in 2011 - the year New Zealand is also to host the Rubgy World Cup.         


A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3K Orion touched down at Bauerfield Airport on Monday 8 March 2010, marking 30 years of maritime surveillance cooperation between New Zealand and the Government of Vanuatu, and representing over 400 flights over Vanuatu’s 680,000 sq km Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The flight was greeted by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Moana Carcasses Kalosil, and HE New Zealand High Commissioner, Jeff Langley, as well as a number of senior officials from the Vanuatu Government. 


The New Zealand High Commission wishes to inform the public that as at 1st February 2010, a new fee schedule will apply to the New Zealand Immigration Services when making applications.


Vanuatu’s passport is to be upgraded to a machine readable document, meeting international standards and guaranteeing Ni-Vanuatu maintain access to international travel.

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