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Vanuatu (VU)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

An import permit is required.

Contact the Department of Biosecurity Vanuatu for information regarding the importation of animals into Vanuatu from Australia.


Refer to this and the Department’s websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions).

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the country website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Health certificate

I, Dr __________________________, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:

  1. The bees originate from and have lived continuously in Australia.

  2. Australia is free from tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) and Tropilaelaps spp.

  3. The apiary is certified for Varroosis (Varroa destructor) as follows:

    1. The apiary and all packing and shipping locations are located in an Australian state or territory free of Varroa destructor.

  4. The apiary is certified for small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) (SHB) as follows:

    1. All premises from which the packaged bees are derived, where they were prepared for export and from where they will be shipped to Vanuatu, are located in an SHB-free zone, where SHB has not been detected for at least 6 months immediately prior to export being either:

      1. the state of Tasmania; or

      2. the area of the state of Western Australia within the state boundaries and south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

  5. The apiary is certified for European foulbrood (EFB) as follows:

    1. The apiary and all packing and shipping locations are located in a state or territory free from EFB.

  6. The apiary is certified for American foulbrood (AFB) as follows:

    1. Five percent (5%) of the bee colonies or a minimum of 25 bee colonies (whichever is greater), from where the bees for export have been sourced, have been randomly selected and within 60 days prior to export,

    2. Brood in the colonies have been visually examined by a government apiary officer for evidence of AFB and no visible evidence of AFB infection was found. At least three (3) brood frames per hive have been inspected.

  7. The apiary from which the bees were sourced was visually inspected by a government apiary officer within 60 days prior to export and there were no visible signs of disease.

  8. The packing material used for the bees is new and free from contamination.

Other requirements

Pre-export preparations

There may be particular requirements for packaging the honey bees for export and you should check this.

Transport requirements

There may be requirements for transportation and approved routes for exporting honey bees and you should check this.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on agreed health conditions and importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 24 August 2022.

Latest updates

29/09/2022 - Page first published.
Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:56 AMCreated: 29/09/2022 2:46 PM