Health and Travel Alert — Rescheduled Charter Flight from Port Vila, Vanuatu, to the United States


Location:  Port Vila, Vanuatu


Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce the rescheduling of a proposed Department of State charter flight from Port Vila, Vanuatu to the United States via Apia, Samoa.


Please note this is not a commercial service and all dates and times are still subject to change, especially if air and ground operations at Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) are disrupted for an extended period of time due to Cyclone Harold.


If they have not done so already, U.S. citizens who wish to depart Vanuatu immediately—and who can get to Port Vila—are advised to read this message carefully and closely follow all instructions,


U.S. citizen who previously submitted information to express interest in this flight DO NOT need to do so again.


The rescheduled charter flight is expected to depart Port Vila (VLI) on 08 April at 1:15 p.m. local time.


After a stop in Apia, Samoa, the flight is expected to arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) on 08 April 3:15 a.m. local time.  Passengers will have the option to disembark in Honolulu or transfer to a plane bound for San Francisco (SFO).  Estimated arrival time in SFO will be provided in a follow-up communication to confirmed passengers.


Passengers will be responsible for securing their own onward commercial travel from either of those destinations, as applicable.


The U.S. Embassy cannot provide transportation to Port Vila from other parts of Vanuatu.


Confirmed passengers must arrive at the airport in Port Vila at least three hours in advance of the flight’s departure.


The estimated cost of the flight to return to the United States is 1,677 USD.  All passengers will be required to reimburse the U.S. government for the actual seat cost.  No payment of any kind will be accepted in advance of the flight.  Signed promissory notes from each adult passenger will be required before boarding.


Begin instructions: If they have not done so already, U.S. citizens who are prepared to return to the United States immediately—and who can arrive in Port Vila to meet the flight proposed flight—may request seats by providing the information in the table below to and placing “Vanuatu Department Charter” in the subject line.  Emails that do not use this subject line may be missed.


U.S. citizen who previously submitted information to express interest in this flight DO NOT need to do so again.


Please note that each U.S. citizen traveler or family unit must provide the information directly.  All information is required and should be submitted using the table format provided below.  Each potential traveler should be a different row in the table.  End instructions.


Please Note:


  • S. Citizens are advised that U.S. government charter flights are not a long-term option. U.S. citizens who wish to depart Vanuatu should, to the extent possible, take advantage of this flight or be prepared to remain in Vanuatu until the resumption of normal international commercial air services.


  • The Embassy cannot guarantee that it will be able to offer assistance to U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States


  • In the event that assistance can be offered, only U.S. citizens and immediate family members are eligible to receive U.S. government support to return to the United States.


  • Under U.S. law, travelers on any potential charter flight organized by the Department of State are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares.


  • Space on any potential charter flight may be limited and would be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis or based on medical or emergency need.


  • Due to the high volume of inquiries and limited staffing, you will not receive a response unless are you are confirmed for the potential flight.


Actions to Take:


  • Provide the above information for each U.S. citizen traveler in your party. Please read the instructions carefully and provide complete and accurate information for each data field.


  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.




  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.





U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


Phone number: +675 301 2100


Email address:








U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444


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