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How to get to Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean some 1750km (1087mi) east of Australia.

The most convenient route to Vanuatu is by air to Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), with direct flights from New Zealand and Australia. The airport is located on the island of Efate around 6km (3.7mi) north of Port Vila.

Air Vanuatu also offers a weekly direct flight from Brisbane to Santo-Pekoa International Airport (SON) on Espiritu Santo Island.


Flight time to Espiritu Santo & Tanna islands

Within Vanuatu: Air Vanuatu operates daily direct flights from Port Vila to Espiritu Santo Island and Tanna Island.

Port Vila to Espiritu Santo is 55 min, direct flight

Port Vila to Tanna is 40 min, direct flight


Flight times to Vanuatu

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), Port Vila, Vanuatu.

From United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air Vanuatu and Fiji Airways operate the most convenient two stop flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Atlanta to Vanuatu is 22 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Vanuatu is 23 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Vanuatu is 21 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Vanuatu is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Vanuatu is 23 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Vanuatu is 16 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Vanuatu is 18 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Vanuatu and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Toronto to Vanuatu is 23 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Vanuatu is 25 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Vanuatu is 19 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Adelaide to Vanuatu is 6 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Vanuatu is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Sydney to Vanuatu is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Vanuatu is 5 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Vanuatu is 10 hrs, 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air Vanuatu offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Auckland to Vanuatu is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Singapore to Vanuatu is 13 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

London to Vanuatu is 28 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Air Vanuatu and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient flights to Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Paris to Vanuatu is 29 hrs, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Bauerfield International Airport is located 6km (3.7mi) north of Port Vila on Efate Island.

Santo-Pekoa International Airport (SON) is located 7.4km (4.6mi) from Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island.

Whitegrass Airport (TAH), also known as White Grass Airport or Tanna Airport, is located 8km (5mi) north of Lénakel township on Tanna Island.

Hotels and resorts provide courtesy transport for guests. Taxis, hire cars and shuttle transfers are available from the airport.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


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Latest update: How to get to Vanuatu: 22 July, 2019


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