History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Diplomatic relations were established on 6 July 1999. The South African High Commissioner based in Canberra is accredited to Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a member of the Commonwealth and the United Nations. It is also member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Pacific Forum and the South Pacific Commission as well as Cites, IOC and LOME. Vanuatu's population of approximately 169 000 is scattered over more than 80 islands and the total land area is about 12 190 sq kms.

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Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Vanuatu

South African High Commissioner to be accredited from Canberra, Australia as non-resident High Commissioner

H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Vanuatu Representation in South Africa

Honorary Consul
Mr C Brendel

Tel: 021 4346570
Fax: 021 4346518


Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

Refer to the South African High Commission in Canberra, Australia.

Health Requirements

The preventative measures you need to take while travelling in the South Pacific region depend on the areas you visit and the length of time you stay. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from a tropical South American or sub-Saharan African country. For detailed information see Yellow Fever Comprehensive Vaccination Requirements.

Recommended Vaccines (as appropriate for Age and Area visited)

         Hepatitis A or immune globulin(IG)

         Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or

         Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region

As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive the series as infants.

See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.

Malaria is widespread and tuberculosis presents a problem, but standards of health are otherwise fairly satisfactory.

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Climate Info

Oceanic tropical, with south-east trade winds from May to October. The period from November to April is humid, with moderate rainfall. Cyclones may occur between December and April.

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Currency Info

The currency is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV). The value of the vatu is linked to a group of currencies, undisclosed to reduce speculation. There are no restrictions on the import or export of currency, foreign or local.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

Trade is negligible.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Vanuatu, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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