COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Palau (05 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Residents are allowed to enter.

*Can a foreigner enter the country? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Travellers intending to visit Palau must obtain permission from the government of Palau and follow these steps:

  • STEP 1: Complete the Quarantine Certificate application form.

  • STEP 2: Email completed application form to [email protected]

  • STEP 3: Receive approval email (will include application number).

  • STEP 4: Take a PCR test within 72 hours of the departure date.

  • STEP 5: Submit negative PCR certificate to [email protected]

  • STEP 6: Receive Quarantine Certificate by email.

  • STEP 7: Show Quarantine Certificate to airline officials before boarding.

*Is transit allowed through the country? *

  • No

  • Transit through Palau is currently not allowed.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Travellers will undergo two separate PCR swab tests during the mandatory quarantine period.

*Test certificate required? *

  • Yes

  • All travellers must provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 certificate from a test undertaken within seventy-two (72) hours prior to departure to Palau.

  • Travellers from Taiwan must take a PCR test at the airport 3 hours prior to their flight to Palau and the test result should be negative.

*Is quarantine required on arrival? *

  • Yes with exceptions.

  • On arrival, most travellers will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-designated facility. Appropriate testing will be carried out during the quarantine period. If tests are negative then at the end of the 14-day quarantine, the traveller can transfer to a residence to complete a further 7 days of self-isolation, followed by another PCR swab test.

  • The length of mandatory quarantine for every individual traveller shall be determined based on point of origin. Travellers arriving from areas with ongoing community transmission of COVID‐19 are required to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers arriving from areas without ongoing community transmission of COVID‐19 may be subject to shorter quarantine periods. Quarantine rules may vary for travellers from Taiwan.

  • Travellers from Taiwan do not have to quarantine upon arrival. However, they must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to Palau, register with a Palau government-approved tour group and limit mingling with the public.

  • Based on the above restrictions, the traveller will be required to spend between ‘0’ and ‘21’ days in quarantine

*Entry form required? *

Is a vaccination required?

  • No

  • A vaccination for COVID-19 is not required for entry into the country.

Insurance required?

  • No with exceptions.

  • Currently, COVID-19 insurance is not required but it is mandatory to have travel insurance.

Airline restrictions

  • Significant

  • Wearing a face shield is mandatory when exiting the flight.

  • Regular commercial flights are temporarily suspended until further notice; however, Palau has resumed essential airline services.

  • Commercial flights between Palau and Taiwan have resumed under a ‘travel bubble arrangement’.

  • Private and chartered flights along with air mail and cargo services are operational on a weekly basis.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Travellers intending to visit Palau must submit the Quarantine Certificate Application to obtain approval from the government.

  • An entry permit will be required to enter Palau via sea. Travellers must contact Palau Port Control before arrival.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • No curfew is in effect, however, the public health emergency for COVID-19 will remain in effect.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Minimal

  • People are encouraged to maintain hand hygiene.

  • People are requested to avoid close contact with sick people and stay away from others if they are sick.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal

  • No restrictions are in place.

*Non-essential shops open? *

  • Yes

  • Shops and other businesses are allowed to open.

*Restaurants open? *

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open with regular operating hours.

*Events allowed? *

  • Yes

  • All types of events, such as sporting, cultural or social events, are allowed with safety protocols.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Gyms are open.

*Masks required in public? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Face masks are not required at this time. Wearing a face shield is mandatory in Palau when travellers are exiting flights.

Other

  • All schools and educational institutions have reopened with strict COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Public parks and recreational areas are open.

  • Worksites are open with regular working hours.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans