Receiving mail

Receiving Mail

International incoming mail to Vanuatu can be delivered to over 60 locations in the Vanuatu Post network. All inbound mail are opened and sorted in Port Vila. Customs Clearance and Quarantine processes are also done in Port Vila and Santo on site which allows more convenience for customers.

Mail to Vanuatu locations can take from 2 to 10 days and it depends on the number of flights to each locations. Those locations with regular flight should receive mail within a week period according to our announced Delivery Standard.

All mail are delivered into boxes or through the agents in areas where there is no boxes installed. Packets and parcels may require customs clearance and when this is the case customers need to contact the Post Office to confirm arrival of the mail and then Customs for clearance fees which normally applies. Vanuatu Post can clear your mail with customs in most cases. It is especially handy if you reside in the outer islands where there is no customs agents and clearance must be done in Port Vila. Customer should contact the Post Office in Vila (tel: 22000) to organize clearance and further the payment options.

All mail is received in Port Vila and sorted for delivery to each islands. The number of days it can take to reach the islands depends on the capacity and frequency flights to the island or area. EMS Parcel Letters
Maximum Number of working Days to be delivered after arrival
Zone 1 Port Vila, Island of Efate 1 2 2
Zone 2 Luganville, Island of Santo 2 3 3
Zone 3 Lenakel - Island of Tanna, Lolowai-Island of Ambae, Lakatoro-Island of Malekula 3 5 5
Zone 4 Rest of the country 7 10 10


Domestic Incoming mail are collected and sorted in Port Vila mail exchange center for delivery through the Vanuatu Post network. Mail is delivered and treated with same priority as incoming international mail for each type of mail service (EMS, Parcel, Letters) and delivered according to the expected delivery standard in the table above.

All Registered, EMS and Parcels received are scanned and an Item To Collect advise is issued into the addressee box or through the phone if there is a telephone number provided by the sender. The item to collect voucher should be presented at the counter and this may involve Vanuatu Post only or with Customs processing before the mail item is released. Photo identification may be required.

About Vanuatu Post

Vanuatu Post Limited was formed in 2000 and provides postal and other services to residents and visitors to Vanuatu. The Corporation is owned by the Government of Vanuatu and operates as a commercial enterprise.
Vanuatu Post provides access to services through a network of over 60 Post Offices and Postal outlets around Vanuatu. Customers receive mail through a network of over 4500 PO Boxes.

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