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International Visitors Arrivals - February 2024

1. February 2024 highlight

  • Total arrivals by air in February 2024 stood at 4,052.
  • Residents arrival makes up 32% and visitor arrivals make up 68% of the total arrivals by air.
  • Holiday visitors represent 71% of all air arrivals
  • Visitors residing in Australia recorded the highest percent at 39% of all air arrivals.
  • The average length of stay for visitors is 10 days
  • The average age of visitors is 46 Years.
  • Day visitors at 28,146 in February 2024
  • Total departures stood at 6,146 in February 2024
  • Residents represents 5% of all departure and visitor’s departure with 95%.

2. Overview

  • The total international visitors arrival stood at 30,921 in which the total arrivals by air is 4,052. The decrease was attributed to a decrease in the number of air arrivals for holiday purposes by 59% when compared to the previous month.
  • There were 12 cruise ships in Vanuatu in February 2024 carrying a total of 28,146* day visitors including 21 who arrived by yacht which makes up a total of 91% of visitors visiting Vanuatu by sea in February 2024.

3. Purpose of visit

Holiday visitors made up 71% of all international visitor arrivals to Vanuatu; followed by Other, Education and Sports at 14%, Visiting Friends and relatives and Business meetings or conferences at 7% each and stop-over visitors at less than 1%.


4. Country of usual residence (for visitors arriving by air)

  • Australian visitors accounted for 39% of all international visitors by air followed by Europe at 28%, Other Pacific Countries at 9%, North America at 7%, China and New Zealand at 6% each, Other Countries at 4%, Japan at 2% and New Caledonia at less than 1%.

5. Average intended length of stay (for visitors arriving by air) 

  •  International visitors by air spent an average of 10 days in Vanuatu. Visitors to Port Vila spent an average of 10 days and Luganville with 11 days.

6. Average age of visitors

The average age for visitors travelling by air is 46 years old. This represents 38% of all visitors arriving to Vanuatu within the age group of 30 - 49 years old and also 40% within the age group of 50+ years old.


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Data Source and Revisions

All International arrival by air provided in this report is sourced from the passenger processing modules within ASYCUDA World system from the Department of Customs and the Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) from the department of immigration through International Organization for Migration (IOM). Cruise ship figures are also supplied by the Department of Customs through the Passenger processing module.

The Vanuatu Bureau of Statistics is releasing monthly provisional international visitor arrivals highlighted in the tables from January 2019 onwards. This will allow for anomalies and consistency checks with the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue (DCIR) before release of actual figures in Quarterly or Annual Statistical Indicator report.

Next update (Monthly) release date

March 2024

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