Vanuatu Company Formation


Vanuatu Company. Vanuatu Company Registration. Benefits of Vanuatu Offshore Company

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Vanuatu Company – Overview

When it comes to offshore businesses and tax havens, Vanuatu ranks among the most popular. In fact, it features amongst the most sought out locations such as the BVI, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Jersey. The group of 80 islands in the South Pacific Ocean made it to the international “white list” members of countries by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in June 2011. Investors of Vanuatu International Companies (VIC) are drawn by the flexible system created by the tax laws in this offshore financial centre.

Advantages of Vanuatu Company Registration for International Business

What advantages make Vanuatu an attractive place for international businesses?

    1. Vanuatu International Companies have been exempt from taxes for over 2 decades. The IBCs were incorporated by the Vanuatu International Companies Act in 1992. This legislation is very similar to other IBC laws around the world. The government is keen in protecting this tax haven industry since as of 2015 it provided about 15% of Vanuatu’s GDP.
    2. International Companies don’t pay domestic taxes from their net chargeable profits. The International Companies Act exempts your international business and shareholders from business licence fees, tax on income, capital gains and also stamp duty.
    3. The directors can have their meetings whenever, and wherever they choose, and in whichever manner they find necessary or desirable. The same case applies when planning for shareholders meetings. You will not be required to hold annual general meetings. Neither will you need to file annual returns.
    4. In fact, there are no requirements describing the manner in which the books and the records of accounts are to be kept. Furthermore, your Vanuatu Company can keep its accounts, minutes, records, or register in any location in the world. The records are to be kept as you deem necessary to reflect the financial position of the company. In addition, you are not required to appoint an auditor.
    5. There is ease of operation. When registering, your business only requires to have one director. Hence, you can go it solo if you wish. The Vanuatu IBC can have a natural or legal person as director. This person can be of any nationality. In addition, you only need one shareholder.
    6. Your privacy is paramount. Reporting requirements are minimized. The only public information the Vanuatu IBC will have is its registered agent name and office address, its constitution, and any charges against its assets. Access to information is also restricted.
    7. There is flexibility in setting up the Vanuatu company. There isn’t a minimum or maximum amount of share capital required. Furthermore, your business’ capital can be in any currency or amount. Vanuatu also has no exchange controls.

All these factors are what make it more than worthwhile to register a Vanuatu company for your international business.

Key Benefits of Vanuatu Company

The Samoan Islands are a group of islands located in the South Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Needless to say, setting up a Samoa offshore company is reported to be one of the most lucrative ways to start an offshore business. The country has many years’ experience as an offshore destination. There are a few reasons for its success. They include:

  • Exemption from all local taxes and stamp duty
  • Maximum confidentiality and anonymity
  • Ease of operation, maintenance and control
  • Asset security
  • No disclosure or minimum capital requirements
  • A Vanuatu company requires a minimum of one shareholder
  • A Vanuatu company requires a minimum of one director
  • Corporate directors and shareholders are permitted
  • Excellent and flexible post-incorporation follow-up services
  • No statutory requirement to hold annual general meetings
  • Highly competitive fees and costs

Principal Corporate Legislation

The Companies Act (Cap 191), The International Companies Act 1992 (No. 32). 

Type of Law


Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents


Vanuatu Companies: Key Aspects

Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning

  • Vanuatu International Company

Vanuatu International Company

Share Capital

Not required.

Classes of Share Available

Registered shares, shares of no par value, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.

Bearer Shares

Not permitted.

Registered Office Required

Each Vanuatu company must have a Registered Office in Vanuatu.


A Vanuatu company requires a minimum of one director. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident in Vanuatu. Corporate directors are permitted. 


A Vanuatu company requires a minimum of one shareholder.

Publicly Accessible Records


Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors


Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders


Personal Presence Required




Double Taxation Treaty Access


Requirements to File Accounts


Requirement to File Annual Return


Audit Requirements


Exchange Control


Language of Name


Restricted Words

Words such as “Assurance”, “Bank”, “Building Society”, “Royal”, “Trust Company”, “Trustee Company” etc. will require justification.

Name of a Company

The words “Limited”, “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Societe Anonyme”, “Sociedad Anonima” or Ltd, Corp., Inc., S.A. must be part of the name of every Vanuatu offshore company.

Time to Incorporate

Two days.

Vanuatu Company Formation Prices

Vanuatu Company Formation Package Includes:

  • Company Name Check
  • Initial Business Approval
  • Preparation of Application Documents
  • Company Registration Fee
  • Registered Office Address for 1 year
  • Registered Agent Services for 1 year
  • Government filing fee
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Minutes of first meeting appointing the director(s)
  • Share Certificate(s)
  • Register of shareholders
  • Register of directors

Starting at: $4690

Why Choose KGN Services?

We’ve been helping business owners since 1996

Incorporating your business is our focus

We make a complex process fast and easy

We work closely with Companies Registries to guarantee our service

Fastest offshore companies & accounts – Most competitive pricing worldwide

Services related Vanuatu Offshore Company | Vanuatu Company Registration

KGN Services provides the following services related Vanuatu Company registration:

  • Registration of a Vanuatu Offshore Company
  • Registered Office and Agent Services in the Offshore Vanuatu
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Full Company Administration Services
  • Mailing Address in Vanuatu
  • Virtual Office in Vanuatu
  • Trademark Registration

Vanuatu – General Information

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia.

Area: total: 12,189 sq km, land: 12,189 sq km, water: 0 sq km; note: includes more than 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited.…

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Natural resources: Manganese, hardwood forests, fish.
Population: 282,814 (July 2017 est.).
Capital: Port-Vila (on Efate).

Time Zone: UTC+11.

Languages: Local languages (more than 100) 63.2%, Bislama (official; creole) 33.7%, English (official) 2%, French (official) 0.6%, other 0.5% (2009 est.).

Government type: Parliamentary republic.

Legal system: Mixed legal system of English common law, French law, and customary law.
International organization participation:AACP, ADB, AOSIS, C, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, IOC, IOM, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NAM, OAS (observer), OIF, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO.

Economy: This South Pacific island economy is based primarily on small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for about two thirds of the population. Fishing, offshore financial services, and tourism, with more than 330,000 visitors in 2017, are other mainstays of the economy. Australia and New Zealand are the main source of tourists and foreign aid. A small light industry sector caters to the local market. Tax revenues come mainly from import duties. Economic development is hindered by dependence on relatively few commodity exports, vulnerability to natural disasters, and long distances from main markets and between constituent islands. In response to foreign concerns, the government has promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial center.

Currency: Vatu (VUV).

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