A Business visa is a visa that is specifically given to applicant who wants to come to Vanuatu to engage or involved in business. The criteria that has to be met before the director grant a business visa to an applicant is :
- Carrying out a business activity with a Vanuatu based business organization; or
- Conducting business negotiation; or
- Carrying out an exploratory business visit.
The Act is not clear as to who are a business visitor and someone who can come under a business visa. In pursuant to Business License Act, a business is denoting as “any lawful occupation (other than occupations specified in Schedule 2) carried on for a profit: Which we can summaries to mean that anything that someone do lawful and there is a profit from it.
Immigration will grant business visa to applicants who are in Vanuatu only: if they come to carry out business activity with a Vanuatu based business organizations, contact business negotiations, or carrying out an exploratory business. Under these three principles it guides us to who a business visa is granted to. Someone that is in Vanuatu to participate in a Business meeting, conference, seminar, workshop, training, and internship and does not get profits from should circle Visitor since our business visa has only captures for those who are here to do something that will earn them profit.
Our Immigration officers at the Airport monitor your Arrival card and if you tick business as your reason to come to Vanuatu without a Business Visa you will have to pay a charge fee of 20,000vt.
- Duration of Business Visa
Business visa has two categories. Business Single Entry Visa where the applicant will continue to undertake employment activities for that period of 3 months only. This means that in a year, you will enter Vanuatu only once and can stay for up to 90 days. You have to leave Vanuatu on the day the visa expires or before the day the visa will expire. Within 3 months you cannot travel out of Vanuatu and come backs again because this will not serve the purpose of single entry.
Business Multiple entry visa, the applicant will continue to undertake the employment activities for that duration of the visa for a period of up to 3 months at any one time. For a multiple entry visa, the visa will not be granted more than 10 months. This means the applicant can come and work for 3 months and leaves, then comes to spend the next 3 months and leave, then have to come and complete the final 3 months. This means that within a year you will enter Vanuatu 3 times only.