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Palau

Palau
Republic of Palau
Exercise normal precautions in Palau.

Exercise normal precautions in Palau.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least 1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not for tourists visiting for one year or less

VACCINATIONS:


Cholera and yellow fever vaccines required for visitors from affected area

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: 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

Destination Description

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

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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. 
  • Jan. 1, 2018, every visitor coming to Palau will be assessed a $100 environmental fee. It’s part of the island nation’s move to promote high value tourism and first-rate tourism hospitality. Every international airline is required to include the fee in the price of the ticket into Palau sold on or after January 1, 2018. Diplomats and transit passengers are exempt from the $100 Palau Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF), and can be given a cash refund upon arrival or departure.
  • 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. Tourists are advised to heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.

Cyclone Season: The official cyclone season is November through April. 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.

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

Victims of Crime:

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police at 911 or the hospital emergency room at 488-2558 then 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 via Honolulu Passport Agency

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

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices 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, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our 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.

Health

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 (our webpage) 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:

  • Dengue Fever. 

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

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

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, especially on pay day weeks.
  • Assessment of emergency services and/or roadside assistance. Passersby and emergency personnel reactions to automobile accidents. Advisability of carrying spare tires, fuel, tools, flares and flashlights.

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. 
  • It is unlawful for any person who is under the unfluence 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 use of seat belt has been proposed in congress.

Public Transportation:

  • Unmetered taxis are the only mode public transportation available.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of 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.

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

Last Updated: December 17, 2018

Travel Advisory Levels

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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