Can you drink the tap water in Vanuatu?
In general, no.
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Vanuatu (source).
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
Tap water in Port Vila is clean and potable, but is best avoided elsewhere. Doctors used to treating common traveller problems are available in Port-Vila. Any more serious problems may require some form of medical evacuation.
The most commonly searched cities in Vanuatu are:
For a full list of cities in Vanuatu, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Vanuatu Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Vanuatu have access to drinkable tap water.
In 2000, 40% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 82% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
World Health Organization's 2017 Vanuatu Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Vanuatu includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
What Do People In Vanuatu Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of Vanuatu have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.
A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||13%||Low|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||88%||High|