Citizenship - Development Support Program (DSP)

What is the Vanuatu Citizenship by investment program?

The Vanuatu citizenship-by-investment program is the only program operating in the Asia Pacific region. This program requires a financial contribution of at least USD 130,000 to the national development fund.

Advantages Vanuatu Citizenship

  • South Pacific island nation of 80+ islands
  • With visa-free access/visa on arrival to over 100+ countries throughout Asia, Americas, Africa, Middle-east, Oceania and the Caribbean.
  • Possibility to apply for an online visa or long-term visa for Australia
  • Can include parents, spouse and dependent children up to age 25
  • Has both English and French as official languages
  • The only Citizenship-by-investment program in the Asia Pacific region
  • No language requirements for residency or citizenship
  • Tax haven, with extensive tax benefits:
    1. No personal income or corporate tax.
    2. No withholding tax and capital gains tax.
    3. No estate, wealth and gift tax.

Contribution Requirements

  1. Due Diligence Clearance
    • The applicant must make an initial non-refundable payment of USD 6,000 for due diligence checks by the Government Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to obtain Due Diligence Clearance.
    • Once Due Diligence Clearance is granted the applicant can contribute and submit the full application for citizenship.
  2. Contribution
    • The Applicant must make a one-off non-refundable donation to the Vanuatu Government as follows:
      • USD 130,000 for a single applicant
      • USD 150,000 for a married couple
      • USD 165,000 for a married couple and 1 child
      • USD 180,000 for a married couple and 2 children
      • USD 25,000 for each additional dependent
  3. Approval
    • Once the contribution has been made and the application has been submitted, the Citizenship Commission will issue a final Approval. The Applicant can then attend a ceremony to take their Oath as a Vanuatu citizen. (Oath ceremony can occur abroad; conditions apply.)

Requirements to apply to Vanuatu Citizenship

  • Applicants must make a payment to the Vanuatu Government
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Provide all required documents in English
  • Provide medical certificate confirming good health


  • Due Diligence Clearance in 14 days with Passport, Police & Medical Certificates, CV and initial fees
  • Payment of donation and remaining fees
  • Full application submission
  • Approval granted within 1-2 months
  • Oath of Allegiance in Vanuatu or overseas by the main applicant to obtain passport


The present document is intended for guidance and general information only and does not constitute or purport to provide you with legal advice. Such information is subject to changes without notice. Each case is unique and depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual and due consideration should be taken if applying the general information to your personal situation. For an evaluation of your personal circumstances one of our legal team would be happy to assist.

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