Monday, 11 July 2022 04:21

Sold out flight marks return to Vanuatu

A string band welcomes travellers back to Vanuatu A string band welcomes travellers back to Vanuatu

The first flights since Vanuatu reopened its borders to international travellers landed in Port Vila earlier this month, with visitors now able to travel freely throughout the country’s islands and provinces without quarantine.

The Air Vanuatu flight from Auckland was also sold out carrying a mix of RSE workers returning home after lengthy stays in New Zealand and tourists – many who had rebooked their holidays that were planned before borders closed in March 2020.

Upon arrival in Vanuatu, guests were welcomed with a water salute, had a meet and greet with local cultural dancers and were given goodie bags with Vanuatu- made gifts.

Vanuatu’s border has remained closed since March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The reopening signifies the restarting of the country’s tourism industry, which is one of its biggest economic drivers.

To help boost recovery, the new Welkam Back! campaign encourages Kiwis to ‘Answer the Call of Vanuatu’ and visit the country.

Vanuatu Tourism Office CEO, Adela Issachar Aru says pre-Covid, New Zealand was Vanuatu’s second largest inbound tourism market

‘Vanuatu’s tourism industry has been busy preparing for the reopening, taking the time to upgrade or even introduce new products to ensure guests have the best possible experience upon arrival.’

Travellers can now enter Vanuatu with just a certified RAT from within 24 hours of departure, or a certificate of infection and recovery from within 28 days of travel.