Partial Suspension of Visa-Free Travel to the European Union and Schengen Countries for Vanuatu Citizens Proposed by the EU Commission

Published on: 13 January 2022

 

During a meeting on the 12th of January 2022, the European Union Commission proposed the partial suspension of the visa-waiver agreement with Vanuatu, after careful monitoring of Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program.

The Commission has concluded that individuals listed in Interpol’s databases were able to acquire Vanuatu citizenship. Since the Vanuatu CBI scheme started, there was only a single rejection up until 2020. The scheme’s average application processing time is also too short which made it difficult to perform a thorough screening of applicants.

A systematic information pathway between the applicant’s country of origin or an applicant’s past residence before citizenship is granted is also lacking. Moreover, some applicants who succeeded in acquiring CBI came from countries that are visa-required by the European Union and some even had countries of origins that were not included in other citizenship schemes.

The Commission deems the proposed suspension necessary for the prevention of serious security risks to the European Union and all its Member States. The proposal was made after careful and considerable exchanges with Vanuatu’s authorities, which included prior warnings about the suspension.

If the suspension is adopted by the European Council, it will not be lifted until the risks posed by the Vanuatu CBI scheme to the EU and all its Member States are either substantially reduced or completely eliminated. Once the reasons for suspensions are eliminated, the partial suspension will be lifted. However, if the reasons persist, there is the possibility under EU law that Vanuatu could be transferred to the list of visa-required countries.

Launched in 2017, Vanuatu’s Citizenship by Investment program gives foreign investors the opportunity to acquire a Vanuatu passport and a second citizenship in 2 to 3 months with an investment of at least US$130,000.

Passport ranking

Rank: 1
Visa-free destinations: 196
Rank: 4
Visa-free destinations: 191
Rank: 5
Visa-free destinations: 190
Rank: 7
Visa-free destinations: 188
Rank: 8
Visa-free destinations: 187
Rank: 9
Visa-free destinations: 186
Rank: 10
Visa-free destinations: 185
Rank: 11
Visa-free destinations: 184
Rank: 12
Visa-free destinations: 183
Rank: 13
Visa-free destinations: 182
Rank: 14
Visa-free destinations: 181
Rank: 15
Visa-free destinations: 180
Rank: 16
Visa-free destinations: 178
Rank: 17
Visa-free destinations: 177
Rank: 18
Visa-free destinations: 176
Rank: 19
Visa-free destinations: 173
Rank: 20
Visa-free destinations: 170
Rank: 21
Visa-free destinations: 168
Rank: 22
Visa-free destinations: 166
Rank: 23
Visa-free destinations: 160
Rank: 24
Visa-free destinations: 159
Rank: 25
Visa-free destinations: 157
Rank: 26
Visa-free destinations: 155
Rank: 27
Visa-free destinations: 153
Rank: 28
Visa-free destinations: 152
Rank: 29
Visa-free destinations: 151
Rank: 30
Visa-free destinations: 150
Rank: 31
Visa-free destinations: 148
Rank: 32
Visa-free destinations: 147
Rank: 33
Visa-free destinations: 146
Rank: 34
Visa-free destinations: 145
Rank: 35
Visa-free destinations: 144
Rank: 36
Visa-free destinations: 142
Rank: 37
Visa-free destinations: 137
Rank: 38
Visa-free destinations: 136
Rank: 39
Visa-free destinations: 134
Rank: 40
Visa-free destinations: 133
Rank: 41
Visa-free destinations: 132
Rank: 42
Visa-free destinations: 129
Rank: 43
Visa-free destinations: 128
Rank: 44
Visa-free destinations: 127
Rank: 45
Visa-free destinations: 126
Rank: 46
Visa-free destinations: 125
Rank: 47
Visa-free destinations: 124
Rank: 48
Visa-free destinations: 123
Rank: 49
Visa-free destinations: 122
Rank: 50
Visa-free destinations: 121
Rank: 51
Visa-free destinations: 120
Rank: 52
Visa-free destinations: 117
Rank: 53
Visa-free destinations: 106
Rank: 54
Visa-free destinations: 100
Rank: 55
Visa-free destinations: 99
Rank: 56
Visa-free destinations: 98
Rank: 57
Visa-free destinations: 94
Rank: 58
Visa-free destinations: 92
Rank: 59
Visa-free destinations: 91
Rank: 60
Visa-free destinations: 90
Rank: 61
Visa-free destinations: 89
Rank: 62
Visa-free destinations: 88
Rank: 63
Visa-free destinations: 87
Rank: 64
Visa-free destinations: 85
Rank: 65
Visa-free destinations: 84
Rank: 66
Visa-free destinations: 83
Rank: 67
Visa-free destinations: 80
Rank: 68
Visa-free destinations: 79
Rank: 69
Visa-free destinations: 78
Rank: 70
Visa-free destinations: 75
Rank: 71
Visa-free destinations: 73
Rank: 72
Visa-free destinations: 71
Rank: 73
Visa-free destinations: 70
Rank: 74
Visa-free destinations: 69
Rank: 75
Visa-free destinations: 68
Rank: 76
Visa-free destinations: 67
Rank: 77
Visa-free destinations: 66
Rank: 78
Visa-free destinations: 65
Rank: 79
Visa-free destinations: 64
Rank: 80
Visa-free destinations: 63
Rank: 81
Visa-free destinations: 62
Rank: 82
Visa-free destinations: 61
Rank: 83
Visa-free destinations: 60
Rank: 84
Visa-free destinations: 59
Rank: 85
Visa-free destinations: 58
Rank: 86
Visa-free destinations: 57
Rank: 87
Visa-free destinations: 56
Rank: 88
Visa-free destinations: 55
Rank: 89
Visa-free destinations: 54
Rank: 91
Visa-free destinations: 52
Rank: 92
Visa-free destinations: 51
Rank: 93
Visa-free destinations: 50
Rank: 94
Visa-free destinations: 49
Rank: 95
Visa-free destinations: 48
Rank: 97
Visa-free destinations: 44
Rank: 98
Visa-free destinations: 43
Rank: 99
Visa-free destinations: 42
Rank: 100
Visa-free destinations: 40
Rank: 101
Visa-free destinations: 38
Rank: 102
Visa-free destinations: 36
Rank: 103
Visa-free destinations: 35
Rank: 104
Visa-free destinations: 34
Rank: 105
Visa-free destinations: 31
Rank: 106
Visa-free destinations: 28
Rank: 107
Visa-free destinations: 27

Check if you need a visa for your next destination

I have a passport from
I want to travel to