If you experience any danger sign, seek medical care immediately at the nearest hospital or health center.
- High risk individuals (55 years and over or those with underlying illnesses or conditions) who experience any symptoms should also seek medical care.
- The general population (54 years or younger and without underlying illness or conditions) with mild symptoms should get tested and isolate if positive. Those not able to get tested should isolate.
COVID-19 Information Line: 119
Emergency only – Vila Central Hospital (VCH): 112
Emergency only – Doctor in charge, VCH: 22100
Emergency only – Ambulance (Paid/subscriber service): 115
Current situation in Vanuatu
The situation can change, with the most recent health information available in Situation Reports. A new Vanuatu Outbreak Alert System was launched on 20 August 2021. This informs the public about outbreaks or increases of communicable disease. For more information on Alert Levels for COVID-19 go here. An updated COVID-19 Health Sector Preparedness and Response plan (version 6) was released in December 2021 and is available here. A Health Roadmap to Safe Recovery lays the path for returning to a ‘new normal’. The Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19 that was initiated on 01 February 2022 was lifted on 16 June 2022 by the Minister of Health.
Download Roadmap - EN
Dealing with COVID-19
People are advised to seek medical care immediately if they have symptoms and are at risk of severe disease OR if they have danger signs of COVID-19. In the case that people have mild symptoms and are not at risk of severe disease, people do not need to seek medical care.
- Common and mild symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, headache, aches and pains, runny nose, sore throat, tiredness and fatigue. Less common and mild symptoms include loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. People with and without symptoms are both contagious and can spread the virus to others.
- Danger signs include difficulty breathing, loss of speech or mobility, appear confused or unable to stay awake or wake up, or ongoing chest pain or chest feels tight like someone is sitting on it, severe headache for a few days, and feeling progressively weaker. Seek medical care immediately at the nearest hospital or health center if you experience any danger sign.
An action chart on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or test position is available
Questions and answers have been developed on testing, quarantine and isolation
- Download Frequently Asked Questions English