Vanuatu 2002

Yearbook 2002

Vanuatu. In the May 2 election, the ruling party VP (Vanuaaku Pati) received 14 seats in parliament and the UMP (Union of Moderate Parties) 15. Although the opposition party became the largest, the parties agreed that Edward Natapei (VP) would remain as prime minister.

According to Countryaah website, national day of Vanuatu is every July 30. The police system was shaken during the summer by a power struggle at the highest level. The background was a conflict over a new police chief who was appointed in July. In November, a lawsuit was initiated against eight police officers, who were charged with mutiny.

Two earthquakes in January demanded no casualties but, according to the country’s emergency authority, caused damage to about $ 700,000.

Vanuatu is one of seven countries that remain on the OECD’s black list of tax havens and are threatened by penalties if they do not accept increased transparency in the banking business.

Vanuatu Border Countries Map

Vanuatu Country Overview

Visas and admission
Finnish citizen does not need a visa for a 90-day trip to Vanuatu. The passport must be valid for 6 months after leaving the country.

Insurance
Every person participating in the trip must have a valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the event of illness or other similar need. Please check the validity of your own insurance and the terms and conditions of the insurance cancellation cover.

Please pay attention to the special nature of your trip and check the coverage of the insurance in that respect as well.

Many dive trips require more extensive insurance. Please check the contents of your insurance with your insurance company.

Currency: Vatu (VUV). 1 € = 1.29 VUV. Currency is not available from Finland. The Australian dollar (AUD) is also commonly used in Port Vila.

Vaccinations
Check that your basic vaccinations are valid (tetanus, polio and diphtheria and MPR). Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for the trip.

Always check the vaccination requirements at the health center or the Vaccination Advice of the Tourist Clinic

Time difference
9 hours

Electric current
The electric current is 220 V / 50 Hz. Sockets are similar to, for example, in Australia.

Safety
We stay in safe areas during our trip, but general caution within common sense is desirable throughout the trip.

For more information on traveling in the country, see the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel bulletin.