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International travel restrictions are in place at the border, but no restrictions on the movement of freight. For more information, visit the official COVID-19 website.

Immigration primary line functions to be transferred to Customs

In a press statement issued by the Ministers for Internal Affairs and Finance, they have announced the outcomes of Council of Ministers Decision 18 of 2016, to transfer the Immigration primary line function from the Vanuatu Immigration Service (VIS), within the Department of Internal Affairs to the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue (DCIR).

The Ministers consider that the initiative taken by both departments will achieve improved passenger facilitation at air and seaports and more effective border security.

The Ministers also announced a Roadmap Framework which identified a number of milestones in the transition process including:

The development of appropriate training programmes;

A review of the current physical set-up at the border primary line;

Establish an automated border information system;

Enhancement of the information sharing between the two departments; and 

Review structural and budgetary requirements to achieve efficiencies in the government’s budgetary timetable.

The transition will be oversighted by a Transfer Working Group compromising representatives from both departments and facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) engaged under the Australian Border Capability Improvement Program (MBCIP). The Transfer Working Group will report to the Council of Ministers on the project’s progress which anticipated to take 20 months.

The Ministers agreed that this initiative will deliver an improved border security network through close operational cooperation between both Departments, allow for a more flexible deployment of resources at the border, and improve the arrival and departure experience for visitors to Vanuatu.



Who We Are?

Customs and Inland Revenue, is a large and diverse department with over 100 employees spread across Vanuatu. With Office locations in Port Vila and Luganville and the provincial centers at Lenakel, Lakatoro, Saratamata and Sola.

What We Do?

To protect the community from potential risks arising from international trade and travel, while facilitating the legitimate movement of people and goods across the border, and collect legislated government revenue.

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Where to find us?

La Casa D'Andrea E Luciano Building, Rue Pierre Lamy, PMB 9012, Port Vila, VANUATU
Phone Number
+678 33010

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