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Child car seats in Vanuatu

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Child car seats in Vanuatu

Hi there

My husband and I are taking our children 3yrs and 6yrs to Vanuatu in early October. We plan on doing a little triping around the coast line in a rental car. Can anyone shed any light on what the rules are about child restraints in a vehicle in Vanuatu?

Thanking you in advance for any help.


Tony and Tracy Hall

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1. Re: Child car seats in Vanuatu

Hi Tony and Tracy, I check this query out with my contact at the Vanuatu Tourism Office and they advise that there are no real road rules in Vanuatu regarding restraints, however suggest they take their own car seats if they are hiring a car, taxis no need and local buses also no need. Remember they do drive on the other side of the road. Hope this helps, Joanna

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2. Re: Child car seats in Vanuatu

Hi NZ family,

Think twice about hiring a car. The roads on Efate (the island where Port Vila is situated) are not so good. It is probably worth waiting until you get there and then decide.

Buses are very cheap and work like taxies, sort of. You hail one and say where you want to go and then they take you there, sometimes via the destination of another traveller or two. They cost very little and you get to meet a few locals on the way. Be friendly and you will be rewarded with an insight into the lifestyle of the lovely local people.

There are no traffic lights. Seatbelts? What are they? Pedestrian crossings...ha! Polite drivers who stop to allow you to cross are a definite possibility.

I don't believe I've ever seen a child restraint there. I'll post an image on the photo page to give you the gist of the traffic eh :)

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3. Re: Child car seats in Vanuatu

Yes outside of Vila the roads can be quite terrible but the idea of renting a car is a good one. Go beyond the tourist spots and you will get to see a more authentic Vanuatu.

As for child seats, you will be hard pressed to find anything in Vanuatu. As mentioned they do not require restraints at all and even if you were to take your own car seat you may find they do not have the clips etc that you need to properly secure it. I am sure you could just use the seat belt with the car seat to provide some restraint.

It is also worth noting that you wont be travelling anywhere above 50km/hr so that may affect your decision.

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I dont remember seeing a traffic incident in vanuatu. No honking of horns or drivers getting irratated on the road. They are so calm


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The local buses cost about $1.00 each way into and out of town to the resorts they are just like mini vans. The roads around the island are very rough the average speed you will be able to do is 40kph beacuse of the rough surface of the road. The local drivers that do the tour around the island know where every pot hole is because they do it everyday.

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