Dealing in Securities is regulated in Vanuatu by the Vanuatu Dealers in Securities (Licensing) Act [Cap 70 of the laws of Vanuatu]. Licences are granted by the Minister of Finance upon application to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC). Vanuatu is favoured for its low capital requirements, making it perfect for start-ups.

Key Features

A Vanuatu Securities Dealer License allows for the conduct of the following business activities:

  • Option to sell your share certificates, debentures, loan stocks, certificates issuing, deposit taking, bonds and loans;
  • a right to subscribe for shares or debt securities;
  • proceeds of foreign exchange or forex;
  • proceeds of precious metals and commodities; and
  • trading on managed accounts.

The definition of “dealing in securities” includes a requirement of an intention to make a profit. As a result, foreign exchange transactions that are intended for profit fall within this scope.

Legal Requirements




  • Corporate  vehicle permitted

Vanuatu International Company

  • License application fee

USD 190

  • Annual license fee

USD 200

  • Representative license fee

USD 100

  • Physical office in Vanuatu


Share capital or equivalent

  • Minimum paid up capital

USD 2,000


  • Minimum number


  • Corporate directorship allowed


  • Local director required



  • Minimum number


  • Corporate shareholder allowed


  • Local shareholder required


Company secretary

  • Required


 Tax Treatment

Vanuatu has no income tax, capital gains tax, tax on wealth, estate duty or inheritance tax.

Duration to Set Up

About 4 weeks

Distinctive Benefits of Licence

  • Ease and speed of establishment
  • Friendly regulatory environment
  • Low capital requirements

The Valsen Advantage

  • End to end comprehensive service
  • Speedy and efficient service
  • Expert advice on structuring options
  • Dedicated ongoing compliance support
  • Extensive network pool of service providers