Vanuatu Banking License

The Republic of Vanuatu is an island located in the South Pacific long known as an international offshore financial services center. The Island is a parliamentary democracy with a strong constitution. A former protectorate of Great Britain, the primary language of Vanuatu is English. While the Vanuatu dollar is the official recognized currency of the nation, the United States dollar is widely recognized and accepted. All major international currencies are supported in Vanuatu by a stable and robust banking system.

As an offshore financial services center, the Republic of Vanuatu is widely respected and recognized. The nation boasts a no tax regime on offshore profits and only a minimal stamp duty on domestic share transfers. As an asset protection haven, the island offers significant hurdles to affixing liability, including a restriction against the domestication of foreign judgments. For such reasons, sophisticated financial services organizations have flocked to the small, yet exceedingly stable, island nation.

The Republic of Vanuatu is an ideal location for the formation of an offshore bank. Vanuatu offers an International Bank License which covers all related banking activities, including accepting deposits and issuing debit cards. The licensure is recognized world-wide and is both cost effective and can be accomplished quickly.

Advantages of a Vanuatu Banking License

In recent years, increasingly complex regulation and an erosion of financial privacy rights in major financial centers such as the United States and European Union have continued to drive the offshore banking industry. Billions of dollars are kept on deposit in offshore banks, even as certain jurisdiction have increased their focus on Anti-Money Laundering controls – which has only enhanced the legitimacy of offshore banking. However, with this industry push towards great transparency has come a tremendous market opportunity to start an offshore bank as the majority of banks have stopped accepting international and/or traditional high-risk banking clients.

Vanuatu Banking License at a Glance

License International Bank License
Time to License 3 to 4 Months
Capital Requirement Approx. $500,000
Tax Structure Zero (0%) Percent Tax on Offshore Profits
Economic Substance Yes
Local Director Yes
AML/KYC Yes
Audit Yes

Resources

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Vanuatu International Bank License – Information Sheet and Fee Schedule.
Vanuatu International Bank License Application.
Vanuatu International Bank License Application – KYC Ques.

The Vanuatu Banking License Package

  • Formation of Vanuatu International Business Corporation.

  • Preparation and drafting of shareholder & officer agreements.

  • Preparation and drafting of narrative business plan.

  • Prepare five year financial projections.

  • Preparation and drafting of current financial statements

  • Preparation and drafting of personal financial statements for owners

  • Identification and draft letters naming principal representative and auditor.

  • Draft and prepare required bank charter and prospectus

  • Preparation and drafting application with Vanuatu Financial Services Commission

  • Respond and draft responses to FSC application inquiries.

  • Facilitate and consummate bankcard relationship with Visa & Mastercard

  • Preparation and drafting of policy agreements and related documents.

  • Facilitate and consummate IBAN/SWIFT and correspondent bank relationship.

  • Provide for required physical presence and local director

  • Preparation and review of bank deposit, loan and related agreements.

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