Vanuatu Import Restrictions

In order to enter Vanuatu, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Vanuatu government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Vanuatu, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Vanuatu authorities before posting:


  • Animals and animal products
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Printed articles; books and brochures
  • Plants and plant products
  • Tobacco
  • Television receivers
  • War material
  • Weapons and parts of weapons.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice. Some goods require a Certificate of Origin. Senders should post documents separately to the addressee.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Vanuatu prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Animal and vegetable fats and oils
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cereals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers
  • Prepared foodstuffs
  • Raw hides and skins
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Vegetable products
  • Wood and articles of wood
  • Weapons

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