• New Official Gazette

    New Official Gazette

    The Department of Labour and Employment Services wishes to proceed to a sound, effective, efficient and transparent consultation with the member of the public across Vanuatu on the proposed changes it wishes to introduce through the legal notice published in the official gazette dated 24th June 2020 which provides the proposed changes on the list of reserved occupations notice n°67 of 2020 signed by the Hon. Alatoi Ishmael KALSAKAU, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs. We invite all members of the public including Private Stakeholders, Government Stakeholders, NGO’s and the members of Tripartite Body to provide their observations, critics and constructive comments on which position they think it should be added in the new reserved occupations list. This consultation exercise will be carried out for a period of 6 months effective from 24th June 2020, the date it is gazetted. All your comments can be directed to the following link: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We thank you in advance for your collaboration and partnership in undertaking this consultation exercise.

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  • First phase of repatriation complete

    First phase of repatriation complete

    Flights bringing in seasonal workers from New Zealand and stranded citizens and residents from Australia today are expected to be the final repatriation flights for the first phase.

    There will be no repatriation flights until after July, Director of Foreign Affairs, Yvon Basil said.

    A total of 1, 049 workers for the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme in NZ are expected to be repatriated on the eight additional flights being operated by the Royal NZ Air Force since last Friday, said Director Basil. The last RSE repatriation flight is confirmed for today with the second flight from Australia bringing stranded citizens and residents.

    The first flight from Australia was expected yesterday. Around 200 individuals will return on these two flights operated by Nauru Airlines.

    The cost of the RSE repatriation flights are funded by the New Zealand Government, according to the Director of Public Health and Spokesperson for COVID-19 matters, Len Tarivonda.

    “The government of New Caledonia (NC) will also assist with the cost of the repatriation flight expected from NC yesterday,” he added.

    “Organizers of the chartered flight that brought back over 100 cruise ship workers are also meeting the cost the flight.

    “These cruise ship workers will be released from quarantine today. The repatriates from Fiji will be released at the end of this week.”

    All repatriates will undergo 14-days quarantine once they arrive in Port Vila.

    23 June 2020
  • Phase 1 Repatriation

    Phase 1 Repatriation

    A final New Zealand Defence Force flight will touch down in Port Vila late this morning carrying the last group of ni-Vanuatu RSE workers to be repatriated as part of the current effort.

    The Governments of New Zealand and Vanuatu have worked with employers in New Zealand to bring home more than 1000 RSE workers over the last five days.

    Preventing the spread of COVID to Vanuatu remains a key priority for both our Governments, and we are all working to ensure Vanuatu’s entry requirements are met. All workers underwent a health pre-screening before boarding their flight.

    Welcome home!

    Below is a photo of Ni Vanuatu boarding the NZDF Boeing this morning and another showing the Boeing taking off bound for Vanuatu.

  • COVID-19 UPDATES 2020

    COVID-19 UPDATES 2020

    On 26 March 2020 the President of Vanuatu signed a declaration for a State of Emergency (SOE) over the whole of Vanuatu for a two-week period, for the purposes of strengthening prevention and containment measures in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Non-health information related to the SOE is available on the website of the National Disaster Management Office.

    As of 01 April 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Vanuatu. The situation can change rapidly. This Ministry of Health website includes the latest health information and updates:

  • Know & Do
  • Questions and Answers Updated
  • State of Emergency
  • Situation Reports Updated
  • Press Releases Updated
  • Awareness Material Updated
  • Forms
  • Other Sources
  • More Information If you cannot find the information you need on this website, please:
  • Visit MOH Zero-data Landing Page
  • Visit MOH Health Promotions Facebook Page
  • Visit the NDMO Website
  • Visit WHO COVID-19 Outbreak Webpage
  • Email COVID-19 Health Emergency Operations Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Call COVID-19 Information Hotline: 119
  • 3 April 2020 10:20AM


    An Australian Government initiative that connects workers with rural and regional Australian businesses and supports the economic prosperity of nine Pacific islands and Timor-Leste.

    Coronavirus: Health and travel advice

    Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. To protect yourself against infection, you should wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with others.

    People who have coronavirus may have a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. If you think you have the virus, first call your doctor or a medical clinic.

    For the latest government health advice, please visit the Department of Health coronavirus web page, or for the latest travel advice, visit the Smartraveller website.


    For more information, advice and resources about COVID-19 for Pacific labour mobility employers and workers, please visit our Pacific labour mobility coronavirus page.

    Visit Pacific Labour Mobility Facebook Page at Pacific labour mobility
    3 April 2020, 10:20AM
  • Australian High Commission, Vanuatu

    Australian High Commission, Vanuatu

    The tropical low pressure system in the Coral Sea has formed into a tropical cyclone.

    Tropical Cyclone Harold is currently a category one moving east-southeast. Tropical Cyclone Harold is expected to intensify as it approaches Vanuatu this weekend.

    We urge Australians in Vanuatu to closely follow the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department Facebook page and website (https://www.vmgd.gov.vu) for updates.

    If you require consular assistance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on +678 22777.

    3 April 2020, 10:36AM


    How is the ESP calculated?

    Each employer must pay VT 30,000 for each eligible worker. In addition, bosses will also receive another 12% of payment for incentives as well as VNPF contributions. The 12 % is calculated from the VT 30,000 paid; meaning that for each employee, an additional VT 3,600 will be paid to the employer. The 12% is separate from the employee payment and should cover the following;

  • - 4% to cover the employer’s VNPF contribution of VT 1,200,
  • - 4% funding worker contribution to VNPF (VT 1,200)
  • - 4% and VT 1,200 is retained by the boss to fund additional costs of employment and other costs such as employee facilities, power, transport etc.
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    19 May 2020, 12.03PM
  • Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    The Government is busy working on the implementation of the economic and financial stimulus package now. The aim is to make this available quickly and for it to be as simple and automated as is possible. VCCI is working to support this task on matters for businesses and employees and will be communicating on how this will be implemented in the coming days. We ask you to please be patient. Meanwhile we suggest you keep your records up to date and keep receipts for payments, payroll and VNPF etc.

    3 April 2020, 3:27PM
  • Air Vanuatu

    Air Vanuatu

    Air Vanuatu has announced the suspension of all domestic passenger services effective from 30th March until further notice. Domestic schedules will be reviewed following the current 14 day State of Emergency.

    Australians requiring urgent consular assistance should contact the Australian High Commission on +67822777 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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