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Palau
Official Name:

Republic of Palau

Last Updated: December 22, 2016

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Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

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 after-hours telephone: +680-775-6150
Fax: +680-587-2911
Email:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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At least 1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not for tourists visiting for one year or less

VACCINATIONS:

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Cholera and yellow fever vaccines required for visitors from affected area

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

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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:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

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.

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

If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Palau for one year or less, 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 United States military personnel traveling or visiting Palau on official business.

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. 

There is currently a departure tax and green fee totaling 50 USD.  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.

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. Tourists are advised to heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.

Natural Disaster Preparedness:  Palau is vulnerable to tropical cyclones and floods.  You can obtain general information about natural disaster preparedness from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the Naval Oceanography portal.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizens of sexual assault should first contact local police and the U.S. Embassy.  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 the 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
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • 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 may contact the Embassy for assistance.

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Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but the availability and quality of services are limited. 

Doctors and hospitals may request cash payment at the time of service.  Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalizations or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost tens of thousands of dollars.  The Belau National Hospital will accept payment by cash, credit or debit card, while private clinics may require cash payment.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

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

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with The Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Health website to ensure the medication is legal in Palau.  Always carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent:  There are occasional outbreaks of Dengue Fever. 

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

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Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

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

In Palau, certain sites require prior permission and/or payment of a fee prior to visiting or taking photographs.  Signs are posted at the relevant sites, and an attendant may be present to collect the fee.  Driving under the influence of alcohol could land you immediately in jail. 

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.

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

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Palau.  As of 2014, Palau’s Penal Code no longer criminalizes private, consensual sexual activity of an “unnatural manner” between adults.  There are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events.  Palau’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  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.

Special Circumstances:

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.

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.

Road Conditions and Safety:  While in Palau, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. 

Many roads in Koror, where the vast majority of the population lives, are in fair condition but have no sidewalks and little or no shoulder on the side of the road.  The roadway known as the “Compact Road” that loops around the large island of Babeldaob is in fairly good condition.  Secondary roads connecting villages to the Compact Road vary in quality from good to rough. 

Drunken drivers are a late-night hazard in Palau.

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 in Palau, you must obtain a Palauan driver’s license. 

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. 

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Also, we suggest that you visit the Palau Visitors Authority website, the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States  other than to Guam 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.

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