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October 19, 2023

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Palau

Palau
Republic of Palau
Exercise normal precautions in Palau.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise normal precautions in Palau. 

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Palau. 

If you decide to travel to Palau:

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Embassy Messages

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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least one page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


None for U.S. citizen tourists visiting for one year or less

VACCINATIONS:


Review the travel section of the Embassy of Palau website and Palau’s Ministry of Health & Human Services website for the most current information.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone: +680-587-2920/2990
Emergency after-hours telephone: +680-775-6150
Fax: +680-587-2911
Email: consularkoror@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Koror accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports or make decisions about citizenship claims; the Honolulu Passport Agency performs these functions. The Embassy does not issue immigrant visas, that function is performed by the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Palau for information on U.S.-Palau relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Palau no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country, but a Palau Entry Form must be completed before arrival to Palau. Palau Entry Form submissions must made be within 72 hours or less prior to your arrival time in the Republic of Palau. Your response must be in English. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveler. Once you fill in the form, a unique QR code will be sent to your email. Each traveler must present a copy of their completed Palau Entry Form or Unique QR Code upon arrival at the Palau International Airport. 

If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Palau you do not need a visa. To visit Palau, you must have a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry. This requirement does not apply to U.S. military personnel traveling or visiting Palau on official business.

Every visitor coming to Palau is assessed a $100 environmental fee, which airlines are required to include in the price of a ticket to Palau.

Diplomats and transit passengers are exempt from the $100 Palau Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF), and are eligible for a cash refund upon arrival or departure by presenting a travel itinerary indicating that the $100 fee was paid and a passport. Visit this site for more information.

Cholera and yellow fever immunizations are required for those arriving from affected areas.

U.S. Military Personnel

  • U.S. military personnel must present official orders or documents certifying their status.
  • U.S. military dependents ten years or older must have a U.S. Government-issued photo-ID card showing the name, date of birth, and their status.
  • Dependents under ten years will be granted entry if they are listed in the official orders.
  • The Republic of Palau requires all visitors, including U.S. military personnel, to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior to departure for Palau.
  • Cholera and yellow fever immunizations are required for those arriving from affected areas.
  • Visit the Embassy of Palau website for the most current visa information.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Palau. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Palau before you travel.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Crime: Although the crime rate in Palau is relatively low, you might be the target of petty and sometimes violent crime as well as other random acts against individuals and property. Please stay alert for your personal safety and protect your valuables.

Unexploded ordnance: Unexploded ordnance from World War II (UXO) remains a problem in Palau. Although the majority of the land-based UXO is found on the island of Peleliu, UXO can be found almost on any island in Palau. Underwater UXO may also present a threat. Heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.  Use extreme caution when hiking or scuba diving.

Cyclone Season: The official cyclone season is November through April, however, severe storms, including tropical depressions are possible outside the official season. The Fiji Meteorological Service maintains a Tropical Cyclone Warning Center (TCWC) in Nadi serving the Southwest Pacific Region. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available at the State Department’s website, as well as from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.

International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +680-775-6150. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated, and best practices on rules and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, medical treatment is available at the Belau National Hospital in Meyuns, Koror. Outside of the central tourism areas, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. 

See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Firearms: Firearms of any kind are strictly prohibited in Palau. The penalty for possession of a firearm or ammunition is up to 15 years imprisonment. Palau customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Palau of certain other items. You should contact the Embassy of Palau in Washington, D.C., for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Curfew: Koror State, where most tourist facilities are located, may enforce a curfew between 2:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., Friday to Sunday, and on national holidays.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries and they may be illegal according to the local laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods may pose significant risks to consumer health and safety. You may be subject to fines and/or have to give up counterfeit and pirated goods if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website and U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Vaping is banned: In April 2023 Palau passed a law banning the import, advertising, sale, and use of e-cigarettes. Individuals caught violating the law could face a $1,000 fine, and businesses or persons importing, distributing and/or selling the product could face a $20,000 fine.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in Palau. Palau’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 

See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities: The law in Palau prohibits discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities, and the law is enforced. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public isas prevalent as in the United States. The most common types of accessibility may include access to services, but accessible facilities vary.

Palau’s overall accessibility for the disabled is very limited. While many buildings have ramps to facilitate persons with disabilities, others do not. There is no public transportation equipped to transport persons on wheelchairs and sidewalks around Palau are limited. 

There is no legislation in place that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. The only existing legislation is access to government buildings, which requires that there be at least one designated parking space close to the main entrance of each national government building open to the public. These parking spaces shall be clearly designated through use of words or symbols, as being available for use only by persons with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

For emergency services in Palau, dial 911.

COVID-19 Testing:

COVID-19 Vaccines:

 Ambulance services are:

  • not widely available and training and availability of emergency responders may not exist or be below U.S. standards.
  • not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except Koror.
  • not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
  • not staffed with trained paramedics and often have little or no medical equipment.

We highly recommend that all travelers review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travelers’ Health webpage and general Traveler Advice for Palau.

  • Select your destination in the Travelers’ Health webpage.
    • Review all sub-sections including the Travel Health Notices, Vaccines and Medicines, Non-Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Stay Healthy and Safe, Healthy Travel Packing List, and After Your Trip.
  • Review the Traveler Advice webpage that provide advice on medical considerations including:
    • Reasons for Travel (for example: Adventure Travel, Spring Break Travel)
    • Travelers with Special Considerations (for example: Allergies, Long-Term Travelers and Expatriates)
    • and General Tips (for example: Traveling with Medications, Travel Vaccines)

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with Republic of Palau Customs to ensure the medication is legal in the Republic of Palau.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors, clinics, and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Health facilities in general

  • Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but the availability and quality of services are limited.
  • Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalizations or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost tens of thousands of dollars.
  • The Belau National Hospital accepts payments in cash or debit/credit card.
  • Private clinics also accept cash and debit/credit cards payments. There are only three private clinics in Palau.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions.

Water Quality: In many areas, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.

Adventure Travel: The only hyperbaric chamber is located at the Belau National Hospital in Meyuns, Koror. Many popular dive sites are far away from Koror.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Palau, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.  There are no traffic lights. Fatalities caused by driving under the influence are frequent. 

Traffic Laws: Palau accepts a driver's license issued by a U.S. state or military authority for up to 30 days. After 30 days staying in Palau, any foreign driver must obtain a Palauan driver license. Please contact the Bureau of Public Safety at (680) 488-2524 for more information and requirements.

  • Passing slow-moving vehicles is illegal. The national speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but drivers routinely ignore this limit in remote areas on good-quality roads and traffic often moves slower in congested areas.
  • It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs to drive any vehicle upon any highway within the Republic of Palau.
  • Currently there is no law in place restricting mobile phone use while driving although it is not advisable. A law on the use of seat belts was passed in 2021 and went into effect in October 2022.
  • Despite driving on the right, most cars are left-hand drive, with speedometers in kilometers as they are imported from Japan, which can be slightly confusing for visitors renting a car.

Public Transportation: Unmetered taxis are the only mode of public transportation. There are many taxis in Koror offering comfortable travel, they are not metered and fares are fixed (drivers carry a rate sheet which you can ask to see). It is common to hire the services of a specific taxi driver for the duration of your stay and call them each time you need a ride. Restaurants, hotels, and activity centers will happily call a taxi for you.  However, there are no private taxi companies, or services like Uber or Lyft available.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of the Palau Visitors Authority website and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: : As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Palau, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Palau’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Palau should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: January 9, 2024

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as
Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone
+680-587-2920/2990
Emergency
+680-775-6150
Fax
+680-587-2911

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