Most business names can be used in Vanuatu. However, there some exceptions for names that cannot be used.
A proposed business name will be refused if it is identical (or similar enough to deceive or mislead) to a:
- company name
- business name registered in the past five years, or
- reserved business name.
Other grounds for refusal are where the proposed name:
- suggests a connection with government or other public bodies
- contains the word ‘co-operative’ or ‘building society’, or
- the Registrar otherwise decides the name is undesirable.