On 3 March 2022, the Council adopted a decision suspending in part the application of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Vanuatu on short-stay visa waivers.

This means that as of 4 May 2022 citizens of Vanuatu who are holders of ordinary passports issued by Vanuatu as of 25 May 2015 can no longer enter Denmark visa-free.

Citizens of Vanuatu who hold an ordinary passport issued as of 25 May 2015 must apply for and obtain a visa to Denmark if they wish to enter Denmark as of 4 May 2022. Read more about applying for a short stay visa to Denmark

The partial suspension of the visa waiver agreement for citizens of Vanuatu is due to the fact that Vanuatu operates investor citizenship schemes whereby it has granted Vanuatu nationality to nationals of other countries with no previous connection to Vanuatu, issuing positive decisions on the vast majority of applications. This raises doubts as to the reliability of the security screening and due diligence carried out by the Vanuatu authorities. The Commission has come to the conclusion that the screening of applications for the investor citizenship schemes in Vanuatu does not guarantee a high level of security. Read the Council's decision in its entirety