Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186]
In Vanuatu, the production of media where the subject matter may be culturally sensitive, falls under Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186].
This Act applies to ALL non-resident visitors and foreign media production, and in certain circumstance also applies to resident non-citizens.
This Act is very broad in scope and covers ALL aspects of ni-vanuatu everyday life.
It protects sites of cultural significance against disturbance of any kind (including over-flying) and penalties range into jail time and severe fines !!
In other areas the local people simply do not want intrusion by strangers, and in Vanuatu, ALL land is 'private'.
For your own protection against making errors of judgement, you must be approved and aware of the airspace you intend to enter to avoid detention of equipment etc in remote areas and possible fines and/or jail time.
The first step is registration of the person responsible for flying the RPAS (drone) and the registration of the RPAS(s) (drones)
The Cultural Council require that ALL camera equipped drones operated by non-residents MUST be registered with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre prior to use.
RPAS Registration consists of the creation of a secure RPAS Aviation Reference Number (RARN) registration and separate registrations for the intending Pilot and the RPAS (drone system/'s) which should be completed at least 2 weeks prior to arrival in Vanuatu.
- RPAS Operator registration (the person flying the drone) *16yrs Min
- the RPAS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (drone system)
There is no distinction between 'recreational / personal use' and 'commercial use' for small drones.
ALL RPAS Operations and RPA (drones) in Vanuatu need to fly in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu Rules Part 101.
RPAS (drones) that cannot comply with Part 101 must seek authorisation to operate from the Director of Civil Aviation.
* Please note:
This Visitors & Foreign Media Registration is reserved for ALL non-resident Visitors (tourism etc) and Foreign Media & Researchers visiting Vanuatu.
Registration Applications become Cultural Centre documents under the Act
- severe penalties exist for submitting false or misleading information !
- non-compliance with Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] can lead to 'on the spot' CONFISCATION of equipment !
- non-compliance with Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] can lead to ''Severe Fines' - if in doubt, contact the Vanuatu Cultural Centre !