Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Edward Natapei says the diplomatic passport of Pascal Ahn Quan Saken has been revoked.
This is contrary to media reports in the country which claim the government has not moved on its earlier commitment to revoke all diplomatic appointments made outside the proper procedure.
Media speculation continues about Mr Saken's links to leading politicians who boarded his superyacht Phocea last year when it was detained for illegal entry in Port Vila.
Mr Saken has not been back to Vanuatu since fleeing shortly after the Phocea was detained.
Mr Natapei says the government has had trouble tracking him down but has sent out international alerts.
"We have not been able to talk to him and organise the return of the documents that he has with him. So if he travels using a Vanuatu passport, he will be asked to return the passport."