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Establish an Offshore Company in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is an archipelago nation found in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of approximately 80 islands and about 300,000 local and foreign inhabitants. The nation has a reputation of being a pure tax haven. Corporations and individuals do not have to pay any direct taxes, creating the perfect environment for forming offshore companies and becoming investors.
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Vanuatu is an archipelago nation found in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of approximately 80 islands and about 300,000 local and foreign inhabitants. Located North of New Zealand and East of Australia, Vanuatu attracts plenty of visitors. It offers fantastic coral reefs for scuba diving, historical wrecks like the WWII-era troopship SS President Coolidge and remarkable underwater caverns.

 

Additionally, the nation has a reputation of being a pure tax haven. Corporations and individuals do not have to pay any direct taxes, creating the perfect environment for forming offshore companies and becoming investors. The growing economy and variety of tax benefits offer multiple opportunities for trading companies and international businesses. So, if you are looking to create an offshore in Vanuatu for holding or trading purposes, let us look at everything you need to know.

 

Establish an Offshore Company in Vanuatu


Benefits of Registering an Offshore Company in Vanuatu

Generally, Vanuatu remains among the most underrated offshore financial destinations in the world. The nation consists of a well-established offshore industry as it has been attracting numerous investors since it began offering offshore financial products in 1971. Some of the benefits of registering an offshore company in Vanuatu include:

 

1. A steadily growing economy and stable political environment to conduct various business transactions

 

2.  Offshore companies are fully tax exempted for 20 years but have to pay fixed government fees

 

3.  The jurisdiction is based on the English Common Law System, while the International Companies Act of 1993 governs the operations of offshore companies

 

4.  Vanuatu is a signatory to several organizations and international treaties

 

5.  Dedicated and compliant with the international financial standards of FAFTA and OECD

 

6.  Quick and convenient incorporation processes

 

7.  No audio requirements or required to submit financial statements

 

8.  Names and details of shareholders and directors are confidential

 

9.  Company name can be in any language

 

10. Corporate management flexibility

 

11. Offshore companies must pay a standard annual fee

 

12. Holding company meetings and company secretaries are not mandatory

 

Time to Incorporate a Vanuatu Company

It takes 2 to 3 days for the commission to issue a certificate of incorporation, which you are guaranteed to receive in 5 to 7 days.

 

Vanuatu Company Registration Service Fee

Approximately 1319 USD total fee for registration and documentation services after incorporation.



Conditions for Offshore Company Registration in Vanuatu

Both foreign and local investors can establish offshore companies in Vanuatu either as corporations or natural persons. There are no statutory requirements for specific residence or nationality to set up such companies. Here are some mandatory conditions for successful offshore company registration.

 

1.  Every Vanuatu Company must have a registered office in Vanuatu even if it intends to operate outside the nation

 

2.  The company must have a minimum of one director and one shareholder

 

3.  The name of every offshore company registered in Vanuatu must have the words: “Incorporated,' “Limited,' “Societe Anonyme,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,”, “S.A.,'” “Inc.,” or “Sociedad Anonima.”

 

4.  There is no minimum share capital required, and share capital can be available in any currency

 

Documents Needed for the Registration of an Offshore Company in Vanuatu

Offshore company registration in Vanuatu occurs like any other local company registration. Some of the documents required for registration of such companies include:


1. Documents with the name and personal details of the director(s) and shareholder(s)


2. Residential proof of the director(s) and shareholder(s)


3. A list of the proposed company names


4. The company's constitution


5. Address of the local registered office of the company in Vanuatu

 

The Registration Process of an Offshore Company in Vanuatu

1.   The company prepares the incorporation documents with the help of a local lawyer from Vanuatu

 

2.   The proposed offshore company provides a list of suggested names and reserves them with the Company registrar

 

3.   The next step is to open a bank account for the offshore company

 

4.   Then, file the incorporation documents in the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission

 

5.   The Commission then issues a certificate of incorporation within 2-3 days, which you must receive within 5-7 days

 

Vanuatu Offshore Company Incorporation FAQs

Q1: Should I be physically present to register an offshore company in Vanuatu?

No. It is not mandatory to physically register an offshore company in Vanuatu. You can do it remotely, and an attorney can do the entire process.

 

Q2: Can I remotely register the bank account of my offshore company?

It is possible to open a bank account remotely through a courier or power of attorney.

 

Q3: What tax do offshore companies pay in Vanuatu?

Offshore companies in Vanuatu have full tax exemption for 20 years after incorporation.

 

Q4: Do I need a legal address in Vanuatu to register an offshore company?

Yes. All companies incorporated in Vanuatu are legally required to have a registered office in the country.

 

Q5: Does an offshore company need to trade within the country?

No. Registered offshore companies in Vanuatu can do business in and out of the country.


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