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Old 27-08-2014, 01:28   #1
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Vanuatu rules clarified

Greetings cruisers. Among recent changes to yacht clearance rules here it has come to my attention that there was no update of the rule for length of time in country. The website mistakenly stated a vessel may stay for a maximum of six months in any twenty four month period. The legislation is actually eighteen months in any twenty four month period. This will allow yachts to do a season cruising here, haul out for the cyclone season at the new boat yard being developed in Luganville that has a sixty ton travel lift and a multihull haulout system. After storage and refit work they will be free to cruise again for a further six months or get a jump on the Indonesia Rally. For full, up to date details of new regs in place here see Yacht Clearance
It is important to note Customs are vigorously enforcing check in procedures but have interpreted rules to make visiting another port after final clearance a lot easier.


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Old 27-08-2014, 02:28   #2
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Re: Vanuatu rules clarified

There is a great yacht agent in Port Vila her name is Claire

If any cruisers need assistance or information pertaining to Vanuatu's customs regulations you can contact Claire and go Vanuatu's Department of Customs website or contact them by e-mail they are both very helpful.

Entering and departing from Vanuatu and rules about how long your yacht can remain in Vanuatu are straight forward.

Vanuatu Customs Border Control and Enforcement
Tel: (+678)22082 (VilaWharf) or
Tel: (+678)88058(Lenakel, Tanna)
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Old 27-08-2014, 02:29   #3
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Thanks NoTies. Good info. Not planning to go just yet but who knows?
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Old 27-08-2014, 05:56   #4
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Re: Vanuatu rules clarified

Originally Posted by DumnMad View Post
Thanks NoTies. Good info. Not planning to go just yet but who knows?

Wouldn't it be great if there were more yards and customs that were active CF members???

We can dream can't we?

edit: Thanks for the great info Port Vila! and welcome...
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