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Vanuatu Business, Taxation and Offshore Information

Vanuatu is a group of tropical islands on the eastern seaboard of Australia, off the coast of Queensland, with a mostly Melanesian population of 258,334 (2012). The 80 islands are mountainous, and some are volcanic. There are international airports on the two main islands; most connections are to Australia. The islands had British/French governance until independence in 1980; languages are English, French and Bislama (pidgin). The time zone is GMT plus 11 hours. There is a uni-cameral Parliament with a Westminster-model Prime Ministerial government and an elected President. The legal system is based on English common law with some civil law influence.

Vanuatu's economy, historically based on agriculture and fishing, is now dependent on tourism and financial services. Cruise liners call at the two deep-water ports. GDP of USD4,900 per head is low but has been growing strongly. There is a strong contrast between the relatively sophisticated capital Port Vila, with its expatriate workers, and the subsistence economy of most of the Ni-Vanuatu islanders. Most goods are imported, and import duties and value-added tax are the main sources of Government revenue. The currency is the Vatu (VT), fixed against a dollar-based currency basket. In recent years, USD1 has been worth approximately VT100. More »


Vanuatu Knowledge Base

Vanuatu: Country and Foreign Investment
A quick overview of Vanuatu - its history, geography, and business advantages.
Vanuatu Executive Summary »
Vanuatu Geography »
Vanuatu Population, Language and Culture »
Vanuatu Government »
Vanuatu Economy and Currency »
Vanuatu Entry and Residence »
Vanuatu Business Environment »
Vanuatu Import of Foreign Capital »
Vanuatu Foreign Investment Regime »

Vanuatu: Types of Company
A look at various types of company in Vanuatu, providing options to suit different business needs.
Vanuatu Company Introduction »
Vanuatu 'Local' Limited Company »
Vanuatu Exempted Company »
Vanuatu International Company »
Vanuatu Overseas Company »
Vanuatu General Partnership »
Vanuatu Limited Partnership »
Vanuatu Trusts »

Vanuatu: Offshore Business Sectors
The key sectors of Vanuatu's offshore economy.
Vanuatu Offshore Business Introduction »
Vanuatu Banking »
Vanuatu Insurance »
Vanuatu Trust Management »
Vanuatu Ship Management and Maritime Operations »
Vanuatu Electronic Gaming »

Vanuatu: E-Commerce
A description of how e-commerce operations are enabled in Vanuatu, and how the offshore tax regime can best be utilised for e-commerce.
Vanuatu E-Commerce Introduction »
Vanuatu E-Commerce Legislation »
Vanuatu Offshore Activities »

Vanuatu: Offshore Legal and Tax Regimes
This section looks at available offshore operations in Vanuatu and the criterion required for obtaining offshore tax status.
Vanuatu Offshore Introduction »
Vanuatu Forms of Offshore Operation »
Vanuatu Tax Treatment of Offshore Operations »
Vanuatu Taxation of Foreign Employees »
Vanuatu Exchange Control »
Vanuatu Offshore Operations »
Vanuatu Employment and Residence »

Vanuatu: Law of Offshore
A hub for information about the main laws and statutes affecting offshore and non-resident businesses in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu Table of Statutes »
Vanuatu Banking Law »
Vanuatu Insurance Law »

Vanuatu: Labour Regulation
An analysis of employment law, industrial relations, and social security schemes in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu Regulatory Environment »
Vanuatu Work Permits »

Vanuatu: Domestic Taxation
A guide detailing the scope and rate of taxes affecting individuals and companies in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu Domestic Corporate Taxation »
Vanuatu Personal Taxation »

Vanuatu: Double Tax Treaties
Treaties and international agreements that Vanuatu has in place, to mitigate the effects of double taxation.
Vanuatu Tax Treaty Introduction »
Vanuatu Other International Agreements »

Vanuatu: Related Information
Other useful information pertinent to Vanuatu.
Map of Vanuatu »