Embassies and Consulates in Vanuatu

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country’s interests in Vanuatu, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Vanuatu.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Vanuatu does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy also has a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or another emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Vanuatu, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Vanuatu

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends on the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there. In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency. Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizens residing abroad.

The capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila hosts 6 embassies. There are also 9 consulates and three other representations located in Vanuatu. All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Port Vila.

You will find below a list of countries that have a diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates, and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Port Vila


Australia High Commission in Vanuatu

Address: Winston Churchill Avenue, P. O. Box 11, Port Vila
Tel: (+678) 22 777
E-Mail: australia_vanuatu@dfat.gov.au
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianHighCommissionVanuatu and https://twitter.com/aushcvanuatu

The Australian High Commission in Vanuatu also provides assistance to Canadians in the region under the Canadian Australian Consular Services Sharing Agreement. It provides passport services to Australian and Canadian citizens in Vanuatu, including those applying for or renewing a passport, applying for a document of identity or in special circumstances, an emergency passport.
This agreement does not extend to the assistance of persons with visas/immigration enquiries. For further information about Canadian entry requirements, please consult the CIC website www.cic.gc.ca


Embassy of China in Vanuatu

Address: Elluk Road, Nambatri, Private Mail Bag 9071, Port Vila
Tel: (+678) 23 598
E-Mail: chinaemb_vu@mfa.gov.cn
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00
Office hours of the visa service and consular service: 9:00-11:00 (Monday to Friday, except Chinese holidays)

The consular section provides a range of consular services such as document authentication and notarization of documents, as well visa affairs and consular protection to all Chinese living abroad.


French Embassy in Vanuatu

Address: La Casa d’Andrea e Luciano, 1st Floor, Lini Highway, Port-Vila
Tel: (+678) 28 700
E-Mail: ambafra@vanuatu.com.vu and https://twitter.com/francediplo
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/AmbafranceVanuatu/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07:30-11:30 & 13:30-17:00

The consular section is responsible for assisting French citizens in Vanuatu in all their procedures vis-à-vis the French administration, such as: applications for passports and identity cards; civil status documents (births, marriages, deaths), civil partnerships and notaries; registration in the register of French people established outside France; French nationality; participation in elections, etc.


Embassy of Japan in Vanuatu

Address: Rue de Paris, PO Box 242, Port Vila
Tel: (+678) 29 393
E-Mail: vanuatu@vu.mofa.go.jp
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/JapanInVanuatu
Opening hours: Monday t Friday 08:30-12:00 & 13:00-17:15
Consular Service Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 am, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Japanese embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalisation (birth certificate, marriage and death certificate, etc…) and police clearance certificate.

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

United Kingdom High Commission in Vanuatu

Address: Rue Pierre Lamy, P.O. Box 161, Port Vila
E-Mail: australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk for the British General Consulate in Sydney
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ukinsouthpacific/

The British High Commission in Vanuatu provides services to British nationals living and visiting Vanuatu, including commercial, consular, visa and information services. As well as notarial services, including certificates, letters, and notes available.

Honorary Consulates in Vanuatu

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Vanuatu, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other countries, often Sydney, in Australia for Vanuatu.

General Consulates and Embassies in Port Vila