Vanuatu is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia. The climate is tropical, moderated by southeast trade winds, with moderate rainfall. May be affected by cyclones from December to April. The official language is Bislama (pidgin English), English and French. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Vanuatu is built on agriculture, tourism, offshore financial services, and cattle raising. There is substantial fishing activity although this industry doesn't bring in much foreign exchange. Exports include copra, kava, beef, cocoa, and timber, and imports include machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, and fuels. Vanuatu is a tax haven, and offshore financing in Port Vila is an important part of the economy. Vanuatu is still dependent on foreign aid, most of which comes from Australia and New Zealand, although in recent years aid has also come from the People's Republic of China. Expatriate business dress is informal and casual but modest. Ties are not usually required for men. The security risk for expatriates in Vanuatu is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime, burglaries, and rare attacks on lone expatriates in remote areas. Other risks include earthquakes, volcanic activity, and tropical cyclones. The currency of Vanuatu is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV). ATMs are available. Credit cards are widely accepted in tourist areas. Medical facilities are basic but adequate for routine treatment. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus, diarrhoea, and water borne diseases have been reported. The population of Vanuatu is 272,500 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.3% for Vanuatu as at June 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Vanuatu is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Vanuatu is as follows: Vanuatu as at 1 October 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$850 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$316 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$22800 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$3025 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$940 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$600 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2350 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$370 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$210 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$325 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$860 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$640 Vanuatu is 26% more expensive than USA for groceries, -12.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 62.8% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Vanuatu for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Vanuatu) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Vanuatu is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Vanuatu? Register subscribe to your home location and Vanuatu and run your personalised reports.