11 Oct 2010

Fraud claims prompt Vanuatu to stop issuing visas in China

3:57 pm on 11 October 2010

Vanuatu's ministry of internal affairs has issued a directive to stop issuing visas in China.

The measure was taken after allegations that Vanuatu visas have been sold on China's black market for just over 5,000 US dollars.

The ministry says the government has no record on how many visas have been issued.

It has now decided that Chinese nationals wanting visas must apply to authorities in Vanuatu.

Police say they suspect that state ministers and local businessmen are involved in the illegal visa sales.

There are also allegations of illegal sales of Vanuatu passports in China.