• Green.
  • It’s legal to be gay, and have same-sex sexual activity.
  • Since 2007, the age of consent has been the same for gay and straight sex.

Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?

  • Red.
  • There is no form of anti-discrimination protection for LGBTI people.

Is there marriage equality?

  • Red.
  • There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in any form.
  • In 2013, the Minister for Internal Affairs issued a statement confirming that same-sex marriages were not to be performed by pastors in Vanuatu.

What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?

  • Amber.
  • There is no active gay scene in Vanuatu, and Vanuatu is a socially conservative country.

What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?

  • Amber.
  • Caution should be exercised.
  • As a socially conservative country, public displays of affection should be avoided, and you should be discrete when booking accommodation as a same-sex couple.

Overall rating and comments

  • Amber.
  • While being gay is not illegal in Vanuatu, as a socially conservative country it remains a fairly restrictive environment for LGBTI people.
  • Anti-discrimination provisions need to be the next step in order to enable LGBTI people to have more confidence to live more openly.

How you can help

  • Find ways to help publicise the stories and experiences of LGBTI people in Vanuatu.
  • Use your networks to raise awareness of the improving situation for LGBTI people in Vanuatu, and the work that still needs to be done.