Vanuatu Covid-19 protocols good says PM Loughman

While giving an update about the cases, Loughman said the protocols are “good and confirms they are of standard.”

The two people travelled from New Caledonia to Vanuatu on 22 October and tested Covid-19 positive in border quarantine two days later.

According to Loughman, follow-up tests carried out at the Vila Central Hospital last Thursday and a reconfirmation test returned negative results for the virus.

The patient received health clearance from the doctors and is no longer infectious.

Vanuatu prepares for first ever Province of Origin Games

The teams are  MALAMPA, PENAMA, SHEFA South, SHEFA North, TAFEA and Northern region.


SHEFA south includes players from Mele, Erakor, Ifira and Pango. SHEFA North players are from Emao, Nguna, Pele, North Efate, and the Islands of Tongoa.


The Northern Province has players from SANMA, TORBA, Solomon Islands and Brazil.


The team managers were officially handed their player’s final list at a press conference yesterday.


Vanuatu launches SHEFA Gender Equality Action Plan

The plan is a targeted way to implement and monitor the National Gender Equality Policy that was launched on 24 August this year.

The Provincial Plan was drafted in consultation with provincial stakeholders to develop a set of goals that the province is able to work towards to achieve gender equality.

New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Schwass, Second Secretary Esther Jens and Gender Programme Manager Isaac Savua from the New Zealand High Commission joined the Department of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Community Services for the launch.

Vanuatu’s Yasur volcano in major state of unrest

The department said activity of Yasur volcano at the major unrest state is continuing with ongoing volcanic gases and/or ashes emission.

“The level of risk for visitors accessing areas within the Danger Zone A (Areas around the crater rim to the parking) REMAIN HIGH.”

The department said areas and villages located close to the volcano may continue to expect volcanic gases impacts and/or ash falls following wind directions (currently light east to southeast wind Directions).

Vanuatu Covid-19 case no longer contagious, second case remains in isolation

A medical assessment has confirmed that the person is no longer contagious and is being discharged from the isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital.

The Ministry of Health said discharge from isolation was delayed to enable the medical team to conduct further investigations to confirm the Covid-19 infection status.

They were held for an extended period until the medical team could conclude they were fully recovered and provide health clearance.

Vanuatu repatriation flights pause on 04 December

There will be no more repatriation flights after 04 December. Passengers who will return on the final flight will be released from quarantine on 18 December


According to the Public Health Surveillance Officer, Wendy Williams, over 7,000 people have been repatriated since last year.


275 were still in quarantine as of Monday this week, she conveyed.


This figure does not include those who were brought back on the flights Tuesday.


Single-shot vaccines arriving soon in Vanuatu

This would be the third COVID-19 vaccine to be used in Vanuatu, after AstraZeneca and Sinopharm. The vaccines will be supplied by the governments of Netherland and Portugal, through the COVAX Facility.

The single-shot vaccine is ideal for hard-to- reach and more remote communities where people have to walk long distances to the vaccination sites and recalling people for a second dose might be a challenge.

Vanuatu tourism prepares for border reopening through 'Safe Business Operations'

The department and Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) have delivered SBO training workshops to over 500 participants from more than 137 tourism businesses in SHEFA.

Further sessions have been planned according to demand.

In the other provinces, Vanuatu Skills Partnership has trained 271 staff from 145 tourism operators.

Safe Business Operations Coordinator Rae Ernst said it is pleasing to see so many businesses engaging in the programme; however, she would like operators to continue preparing and reach out for support if needed.

Vanuatu plastic bottle buyback project injects money into local economy

The programme is helping members of the community to pay school fees, put food on the table and most importantly preserve the island nation’s beautiful environment.

In June this year, the Salem Plastik blong Sevem Solwora campaign offered members of the community 10 vatu for a plastic bottle. Run by World Vision Vanuatu’s Waste Not, Want Not Project, the organisers were hoping to collect a moderate million bottles within a week. What happened, however, far exceeded their expectations. 

Vanuatu Ombudsman found in breach of law

Mr Bulu had sought a search warrant for the home of the Director General of the Ministry of Finance, Letlet August.

But the warrant was granted by the Magistrate's Court, not the Supreme Court, as the law requires.

The judges declared the search warrant unlawful and ordered Mr Bulu to pay Mr August $US1533 dollars.