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- Palau has not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- Presidential Directive No. 20-39 –Imposing a moratorium on government travel to reduce the risk of COVID–19 infection
- No employee of the Executive Branch of the National Government shall undertake official international travel between March 18, 2020 and April 30, 2020
- Any employee who has traveled overseas shall self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the Republic. For the duration of the 14 day quarantine period the employee shall work only from home, at the direction of his or her relevant management official. This requirement shall apply to any travel undertaken between March 4, 2020 and April 30, 2020.
- Large Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged between March 18,,2020 and May 30, 2020.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Palau? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- Travelers should contact the Belau National Hospital at 488-0555 to determine the schedule and location of testing facilities Belau National Hospital.
- Method of delivery of test results – pick up at Medical Records at the Belau Medical Hospital
- Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ConsularKoror@state.gov, and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers)
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- Due to the ready availability of COVID-19 testing options in Japan, the Embassy anticipates that any waiver request will be extremely rare.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Palau approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Ministry of Health received 2nd batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (3,200 doses) on Jan 14, 2021. Mass vaccination commenced on Jan 3, 2021 and is ongoing with targeted priority groups.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The following is flight information from Palau’s Bureau of Aviation regarding international air links:
United Airlines: All Flights Suspended Until Further Notice.
Korean Air: All Flights Suspended Until Further Notice
Asiana Airlines: All Flights Suspended Until Further Notice
China Airlines: All Flights Suspended Until Further Notice
Caroline Airlines: All Flights Suspended Until Further Notice
APA( ASIA PACIFIC AIRLINES): Cargo and mail only once a week- Every Thursday. ETA: 5pm Local Time and ETD: 6pm local time (Please contact United Cargo Office @ 587-3500 Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am – 2pm)
Seasonal Charter Operation
Japan Airlines: No Charter Operation
Skymark: No Charter Operation
TWAY: No Charter Operation
Skyangkor: No Charter Operation
Lanmei Airlines: No Charter Operation
- Do travelers need particular documentation to enter/exit?
- Any person, including a crew member, a Palauan citizen, or a Palau resident, arriving into Palau at any point of entry is required to complete a health declaration form.
- What procedures have been put in place at airports and other ports of entry?
- On January 23, 2020 the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) started implementing health screenings at the Palau International Airport in Airai and the Malakal Seaport for symptomatic passengers and crew who may have traveled through areas affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus(n-CoV).
- Entry of all travelers with travel history originating from or transiting through mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau within 14 days of their arrival in the Republic of Palau will be prohibited by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industries, and Commerce. Exemptions may be made to this prohibition for Palauan citizens and residents, provided that such persons submit to a comprehensive health screening and agree to a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival in Palau.
- Quarantine Information:
- Mandatory fourteen (14) day self-quarantine for all travelers with a travel history from or through COVID-19 affected geographical areas
- List any local resources that can provide additional useful information.