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Vanuatu Offshore Company Registration - Business Setup

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5 simple steps are needed to register an offshore company in Vanuatu

 
 
Upload your documents
Your account manager will ask you for official documents which are required for your company formation.
 
Register your company successfully
Once your documents have been processed your company will be successfully registered.
 
Process any additional services
Your account manager will guide you through the steps of completing your request of additional services such as bank accounts.
 
Manage Your company via our client portal
Our client portal will give you immediate access to all your documents as well as display your company structure.
 
 

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Vanuatu Offshore Company Formation

Good to Know
The appointment of nominees on an international company is permitted in general. However, the Commission of Vanuatu will not permit the appointment of nominees in relation to a company performing restricted activities subject to a special license, such as dealing with securities and other regulated financial activities.

Main Characteristics of a Vanuatu Offshore Company

Company type
International Company (IC)
Governing corporate legislation
Vanuatu Financial Services Commission is the office responsible for registering Vanuatu companies
Information published relating to company officers
No
Accounting requirement
No accounting / reporting requirements.**
Taxation
No taxes of any sort.
While the company may not be liable to pay taxes, please consult with a tax/legal advisor in your country of residence, to determine your own tax liability.
Legislation
International companies Act of Vanuatu
Standard currency
Vatu
Time to form
3 to 4 days (upon validation of your identification documents)*
Stability
Vanuatu is a small island uniquely positioned, Vanuatu is determined to preserve the economic growth and stability which makes it an excellent choice for business for clients. Our clients can hence benefit from the tax-friendly regulatory framework where there is no direct taxation in the country.
Communication
Efficient communication means.
Time zone
GMT +11
Secretary required
Yes
Paid up capital requirement
Standard authorised capital: USD 10,000.00
Minimum paid up: USD 1
Renewal Date
Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Basis of legal System
Under Common Law.
Minimum directors/shareholders
Minimum of 1 director/shareholder
Bearer shares
No

Documents Required

for the Registration of a Vanuatu Company

A certified copy Certification of a passport can be made by a notary, an attorney-at-law, a bank, a public officer, or in accordance with SFM indications. Kindly consult your dedicated account manager at SFM to obtain precise information. of your passport, a certified copy of a second ID document (such as birth certificate / driver license / Identity Document), a certified copy of proof of domicile dated less than three months, a certified and recent extract of criminal record dated less than 3 months, a curriculum vitae, as well as last 3 months' bank statement. All in original.**






Frequently Asked Questions

Offshore Company Formation in Vanuatu

  • What type of company do you register in Vanuatu?

    The type of company that we form in Vanuatu is known as an International Company (IC), commonly known as offshore companies, and is regulated under The Companies Act (Cap 191) and the International Companies Act (1993). An International Company (IC) is a company that is registered in Vanuatu and conducts its business activity purely outside the island.
  • Is a Vanuatu Offshore Company (IC) tax liable?

    No, International Companies formed in Vanuatu are exempt from any form of taxation in Vanuatu as long as the IC does not conduct its business in Vanuatu.

    While the company may not be liable to pay taxes, please consult with a tax/legal advisor in your country of residence, to determine your own tax liability.
  • Will my name be public once I setup an offshore company in Vanuatu?

    No, there is no public register of company officers in Vanuatu.
  • How many directors and shareholders should I appoint to my Vanuatu IC?

    A minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder should be appointed to setup an International Company (IC) in Vanuatu.
  •  
  • Do I need to submit accounting records for my International Company (IC) in Vanuatu?

    No accounting/reporting requirements.

    However, the company must keep all financial records, which should reflect the financial position of a company and to allow for the preparation of financial statements.
  • Will my liability be limited if I register my company as an International Company (IC) in Vanuatu?

    The shareholders’ liability in a Vanuatu IC is typically limited to the amount of shares respectively held by them.
  • Do I need to deposit the paid up capital for a Vanuatu International Company (IC)?

    No, there is no paid up capital requirement to incorporate a Vanuatu offshore company. The standard share capital is USD 10,000 but can be amended to fit your requirements.
  • Are bearer shares allowed in Vanuatu?

    Yes. Bearer shares are permitted, however, SFM does not assist in registering companies with bearer shares.


Vanuatu Offshore Jurisdiction News


Two new banks in SFM’s bank portfolio with the addition of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and Pacific Private Bank.

9 October 2017
CIBC Bank of the British Virgin Islands and Pacific Private Bank of Vanuatu are both among the latest additions to the SFM bank portfolio after both banks confirmed their interest in servicing SFM clients.[..]
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* Subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.
** If the company applies for a financial license, accounting requirements will be applicable
*** Documents must be provided for every person related to the company.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this webpage shall be construed as a contractual commitment or as a warranty. Services conditions are governed by the applicable terms and conditions.

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I would like to specifically thank Alexandra, Owiss and Mafalda and their teams for the excellent service to date.

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