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Vanuatu’s citizenship by investment program has been very popular with global entrepreneurs, investors, and families, especially the crypto community, since it’s launch in 2017 for two reasons. First, Vanuatu offers the industry’s most efficient route to global citizenship and an alternative legal identity – application approval typically in only 30-days. Secondly, Vanuatu is well known as being one of the most crypto-forward economies on Earth .

Though it be surprising to many Is, there are more benefits to the Vanuatu citizenship program: a favorable tax climate, visa-free access to more than 100 countries, a very accessible investment threshold, and an extremely high degree of confidentiality that is unparalleled. Not to mention the sheer beauty of Vanuatu itself, a true island paradise framed by white-sand beaches, turquoise blue water, and coral reefs . And although investors aren’t required to reside in the country, it’s nice to have the right.

Vanuatu has created the most unique investment migration solution on the Earth. The country’s aim, from the launching of the program, was to leverage foreign investment sources as a funding mechanism to advance the nations’ ESG goals – such as sustainable development and environmentally friendly infrastructure upgrades.

Astons has been an licensed agent of the program since its launch, and our experts can address any questions you may have about the Vanuatu citizenship program, such as:

  • Who is eligible for citizenship by investment in Vanuatu?
  • How much do you have to invest to gain Vanuatu citizenship?
  • Does Vanuatu accept crypto as a form of investment for their CIP?

Partnering with Astons means, you could acquire the true status of global citizen – and all the rights and benefits – in only a month. Trust Astons – A better life awaits.

Program Benefits

Fast-track Citizenship

Your second passport in just 1 month

Safe program with pre-approval

Before transferring the full investment amount, you receive a pre-approval confirmation

Visa-free travel worldwide

Over 100 countries including Singapore, Hong Kong

Completely confidential

The whole process of alternative citizenship acquisition is strictly confidential

Favourable tax regime

No personal taxation; no wealth taxes, inheritance taxes, gift taxes or income taxes.

Security and Plan B For entire family

A safe place to call home in the event of economic instability and in times of political unrest

The entire family is eligible

Citizenship can be granted to spouse / children, dependent children in education, parents and grandparents

No residency requirements

No physical residence or visit is required
Program Requirements

The Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment program has a few key requirements for applicants:

  • Due Diligence: The Vanuatu Citizenship Commission conducts a routine due diligence check which requires investors to establish legal ownership of the investment funds, that the funds were acquired via legal means, and a clean criminal record – including sanctions lists, no-fly lists, court judgments, etc. All applicants must establish their identities, including a birth certificate from your home country and a copy of your passport from your country of origin. The main applicant must be at least 18 years of age​​.
  • Health: Applicants must be of good health to eliminate any possible burdens for the country’s health care system. Applicants are required to provide a medical certificate as part of the application process​​​​.
  • Investment Tolerance: The main applicant must establish their ability to satisfy the investment threshold and maintain it. The application process requires proof of a minimum bank account balance of $250,000.
  • Investment Threshold: Vanuatu requires a minimum contribution of $130,000 to the country’s ESG-focused National Development Fund. The minimum investment increases for additional dependents included in the application​​​​​​.
  • Investment Structure: The Vanuatu program requires that the investment be paid in two parts – 25% when the application is submitted and then the remaining 75% must be paid within a week of receiving application approval.
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    Visa-Free Travel to over 100 Countries Worldwide

    A Vanuatuan passport gives visa-free access to over 100 countries worldwide including Singapore and Hong Kong. Vanuatuan citizens benefit from fast track processing when travelling to Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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    Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Requirements

    To obtain citizenship through the Vanuatu Citizenship Program, applicants are required to make a non-refundable contribution (donation) to a local development fund.

    The purpose of these funds is to support infrastructural development and promote economic growth in the region.

    The invested amount varies depending on the number of applicants.

    The minimum investment requirement is $130,000 for a single applicant or $180,000 for a family of four. To evidence that this requirement can be met, applicants must provide proof of funds no less than $250,000.

    Non-refundable contribution from $130,000

    • $130,000 – for a single application
    • $150,000 – married couple application
    • $165,000 – married couple with 1 child
    • $180,000 – married couple with 2 children

    Additional requirements

    • Applicants must provide proof of funds no less than $250,000
    • Applicants must have a clean criminal record
    • The Vanuatu program is not open for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea or Yemen, unless they have permanent residence outside those countries and have lived outside for more than 5 years.

    Vanuatu Citizenship Acquisition Process

    Astons provide a hassle-free and seamless service, assisting you every step of the way with your citizenship application.

    We provide detailed advice and support covering all aspects of documentation collation, support throughout the application submission processes, and full arrangement of the Oath Ceremony (in your preferred location) when passport is handed to you.


    We can assist in opening eligible and secure banks accounts in Vanuatu and we can provide expert advice on purchasing real estate.

    We deal with all necessary procedures swiftly and efficiently on your behalf, deploying our wealth of professional experience and expertise.

    3–4 days

    Free Consultation with Astons' Experts

    Our specialist immigration advisers will evaluate your personal circumstances and guide you through each of the program’s stages, helping you to collate and check the required documents, and preparing the quote breakdown depending on the number of additional applicants included in the application.

    In order to apply, applicants must:
    – Be at least 18 years of age and below 65 at the time of application submission
    – Have a clean criminal record
    Citizenship can be granted to the entire family, including spouses, children, parents and grandparents.


    Citizenship Pre-Approval

    The initial stage involves Vanuatu Government due diligence checks being conducted on the main applicant (and their spouse if applicable) to confirm eligibility for the program. Applicants are required to pay due diligence fees and to submit a copy of their passport and police clearance certificate. The pre-approval phase duration is 2 days.

    3–4 days

    Confirmation of Pre-approval and Document Preparation

    Once pre-approval is granted by the Vanuatu Government, Astons will then assist the applicant with the preparation of his/her citizenship and ensure all documentation is collated, cross-checked and submitted in the correct format.


    25% Pre-payment and Application Submission

    The applicant makes a 25% pre-payment and the application is submitted to the Vanuatu Government. Upon receipt of a letter of approval, 75% of the remaining amount is payable within 5 days.

    30 days

    Oath Swearing Ceremony

    Once the citizenship certificate is issued, the applicant is required to take the Oath. An Oath Swearing Ceremony can be arranged at the applicant’s preferred location at extra fee. The Commissioner of Oath and a passport officer can be invited to the applicant’s home country or to another destination so the applicant can take the Oath and the passports can be formally handed over. Alternatively, applicants can travel to Vanuatu to take the Oath.


    Vanuatu Passport

    On the day of the Oath Ceremony, applicants receive their Vanuatuan passport giving them visa-free access to over 100 countries worldwide and a broad range of tax optimisation and wealth preservation benefits. Passports are valid for a period of 10 years and are renewable for the same period.


    Vanuatu Passport

    On the day of the Oath Ceremony, applicants receive their Vanuatuan passport giving them visa-free access to over 100 countries worldwide and a broad range of tax optimisation and wealth preservation benefits. Passports are valid for a period of 10 years and are renewable for the same period.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What is life like in Vanuatu?

    Life in Vanuatu is known for its relaxed pace, warm tropical climate, and rich cultural heritage. Residents enjoy beautiful beaches, world-class diving spots, and vibrant local communities. The archipelago is also noted for its friendly people and diverse natural landscapes

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    Communicate on your terms

    Astons personally serves clients via our global footprint with offices in Istanbul (Turkey), Limassol (Cyprus), Dubai (UAE),Athens (Greece), Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Saint Julians (Malta). As well as, via text message, WhatsApp, Telegram, or email.

    Globally licensed firm

    ASTONS maintains licensed partnerships with the official govermental agencies operating the CBI and RBI programs. ASTONS operates in strict accordance with the laws and regulations of every country where we do business - cooperating with local regulators and government officials. Ensuring no risks for you, your reputation or brand, and your investment.

    Earned reputation

    ASTONS, on average, helps nearly 300 clients a year. With historical totals of:
    More than 9,000 clients
    A clientele from over 50%+ of the world’s nationalities
    $2.6 Billion+ USD in immigration and real estate investments

    100% success rate

    100% of clients who pass the Astons’ due diligence review have their applications approved. The Astons due diligence team of seasoned UK lawyers and industry experts advance our clients’ interests by maintaining direct and constant contact with government officials - leveraging our experience, expertise and methodology of the British law school to conclude the immigration process in our client’s benefit.

    Client focused Service

    ASTONS offers only the best the world of investment immigration and luxury real estate has to offer. We expertly select citizenship and residence programs that can deliver solutions to virtually any client. As well as premium real estate in 11 countries to appease the most discerning buyer or investor. Our experts find the most advantageous solutions to address every client’s wants, needs, and demands.

    Internationally relied upon experts

    ASTONS experts are regularly relied upon by global media outlets and publications to provide expert insights and comments for investment immigration; including: Bloomberg, The Times, CNN, The Telegraph, El Tiempo, El Pais, El Economista, MSN UK, SchengenVisainfo and many others.

    World leader in immigration services

    ASTONS didn’t create the world of immigration investment, we perfected it for the benefit of investors. Astons consistently ranks as a TOP-25 firm in the international immigration industry by Uglobal Immigration Magazine, Best European Citizenship Advisor 2018, and Best Full-Service Investment Immigration Firm 2019.


    Schedule A Free Consultation

    Connect with Astons via our website, email, WhatsApp, or Telegram, to schedule a consultation. Together we’ll find the perfect residency by investment program for you and your family. In the consultation, we will:

    • Define and understand your wants, needs, goals, and demands
    • Create a list of the best strategies and solutions for you
    • Discuss and explain the various investment options available

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