Vanuatu International Companies
We can do your
tax free Vanuatu International Company basic formation for the low price
of only US$795, with renewals at a similar cost.
In spite of our advice on our home page we still have inquiries for
international companies to be registered in Vanuatu, where there are no
taxes to be paid by such companies and there is no reporting of
accounts. We do have a suitable licensed Registered Agent in Vanuatu who
is part of our network of independent consultants.
Vanuatu is not only competitive with such places as Belize and
Seychelles - it has much stronger privacy to give comfort to you and
your clients. Vanuatu calls these structures International Companies (IC
same as IBC). The meaning is exactly the same. While Vanuatu is the most
private we can also attend to company formation in other jurisdictions.
Please just ask.
We can organise the incorporation of an International Company in
Vanuatu, providing a basic registration, compulsory Registered Office
and Registered Agent for a very low fee of US$795, or equivalent in
Euro / GBP upon request. Our licensed Registered Agent here is a second
generation local with support from experienced people.
Please be aware that there is also an annual government fee to pay on
the anniversary date of US$300, plus renewal of Registered Office and
We can help you with support activity, including asset
protection trust and office address services, should you require any of
Having chosen a Vanuatu International Company, you may well seek a
suitable bank for your business activity. We urge you to avoid banks in
Vanuatu, who are paranoid about the remote possibility of handling dirty
money, and ask us for a suitable bank in another country. We have a
number of options that we can assist with.
business activity may benefit from the procurement of a
that also covers
and a range of other activities, then please see the Pres Release that
we have picked up
We can form
your company here from just US$795. For more information including pricing, enquire now by
email. Chinese clients may wish to view the
can handle documentation in English, Russian and Chinese also.
Privacy - taken
straight from the Act
- click here
A Vanuatu International Company:
Has a modern "Constitution" instead of an old style
Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Has abandoned the concept of authorized capital.
May be limited by shares, guarantee or both.
Has "Incorporators" rather than "Subscribers" because
they do not subscribe for shares. The first shares are allotted by the
directors and thus there is no need to transfer shares out of the names
of the incorporators to the company purchasers (or their nominees).
Deems incorporators to be members until one or more
members are registered.
May have a single incorporator as well a single member.
Need not name its first directors in its Constitution.
They will be subsequently appointed by the incorporators who exercise
the powers of directors until the first directors are appointed by them.
May have its official name in any language including
Chinese, or Russian (with a requirement for a second official name in
either English or French).
Must have in its name a word or popular abbreviation
thereof, which connotes the existence of a body corporate with limited
Need not appoint a Company Secretary or other officers.
Need not hold Annual General Meetings nor file Annual
Has all the powers of a natural person.
Must have a Licensed Registered Agent in Vanuatu (who
need not be an officer).
Must have one or more directors (natural persons or
corporate) who may reside anywhere in the world.
May transfer its assets to trustees acting on behalf of
May not carry on business or own land in Vanuatu except
in furtherance of its international business.
May change its status to/from being limited by
May have shares that are in registered form, have full,
conditional, partial or no voting rights, with or without par value, and
be convertible, common, preferential or redeemable, subject to forfeit
or not, and issued in any currency.
May purchase or redeem or hold its own shares without
court approval, so long as the IBC does not become the sole member of
May convert from/to no par value, change currencies.
May issue fractional shares.
May issue share warrants in registered or bearer form.
Need not issue share certificates (non certificated
May apply to the Vanuatu court to not recognize any
acquirer of shares in the company if they were acquired by force,
confiscation, imposition of any tax, assessment or other foreign
May do anything by resolution of directors/members that
could be done by a meeting of directors/members.
May make loans to directors.
Need not appoint any Vanuatu resident as director(s) or
hold any meetings in Vanuatu.
Shall indemnify any person who has acted in good faith on
behalf of the company.
May hold meetings anywhere in the world, which may be
held in any manner so long as the members can hear and recognise each
May keep its accounts, records, minutes, and registers
any place in the world it wishes, but they must be brought into Vanuatu
if the Registrar so directs.
May adopt a "Common" or "Corporate" seal which may be
affixed anywhere in the world.
May execute contracts under seal or by signature of
May ratify any pre incorporation contract, whereupon that
contract will bind the company as if it were the party when the contract
Must lodge with the Registrar, its Constitution, the
location of its registered office, and the name of its Registered Agent
and any changes thereto, all of which are available for public
Must register all charges against the assets of the
company to be valid. Such registration is not available for public
May voluntarily lodge with the Registrar details in
respect of Directors, Secretaries and Members. But Ultimate Beneficial
Ownership has to be disclosed to the Registrar, who is prevented by law
from making the details public.
May issue debentures or series of debentures and if
issued they may by their terms suspend the votes of the members.
May not offer its shares or debentures to the public.
May merge with another company with one of them surviving
or consolidate with another company resulting in a new company.
Continue its existence under the laws of another
jurisdiction or become an IBC by continuing in Vanuatu so long as the
previous jurisdiction does not specifically prohibit continuation
outside that jurisdiction.
May delay for up to 3 years its continuation in Vanuatu
or moving out of Vanuatu after approval has been granted.
May be struck off if it no longer qualifies as an IBC.
May hold shares in Vanuatu local or exempted companies
e.g. Banks or Insurance Companies.
Is obliged to pay all government fees in US$, the main
ones of which are:
US$150 upon registration
US$300 each anniversary of incorporation
Need not disclose on its letterhead etc its place of
Is exempt from stamp duty, exchange controls and tax on
profits, capital gains, and distribution for a period of 20 years.
Vanuatu Registry Services state “Companies formed under the
Vanuatu International Companies Act (Cap 222)
probably the most flexible and cost-effective offshore companies in the
A sweeping statement but in our opinion one that is very true.
Permitted name endings are:-
Subject to subsection (2), an international company shall have as part
of and at the end of its name:-
the word “Corporation” or the abbreviation “Corp”;
the word “Incorporated” or the abbreviation “Inc.”;
the word “Limited” or the abbreviation “Ltd”;
the words “Sendirian Berhad” or the abbreviation “Sdn Bhd”;
the words “Societe a Responsabilite Limitee” or the abbreviation “SARL”;
the words “Besloten Vennootschap” or the abbreviation “B.V.”; or
the words “Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung” or the abbreviation