Palau Basics

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The Basics


Time: Local time is GMT +9

Electricity: Electrical current is generally 120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are similar to those used in the USA and Japan, with two or three flat prongs.

Money: Electrical current is generally 120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are similar to those used in the USA and Japan, with two or three flat prongs.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: The two official languages are Palauan and English. Palauan is the most widely spoken language but English and Japanese are also widely understood, with Spanish and German spoken to a lesser extent.

Entry requirements for Americans: US nationals require a passport valid for six months from date of arrival. A visa is not required for stays of up to one year.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: A passport valid for six months beyond date of arrival is required. Visa exemptions apply for stays of 90 days.

Entry requirements for Canadians: A passport valid for six months beyond arrival date is required. A 30 day visa is obtainable on arrival. Extensions are possible for tourist visas.

Entry requirements for Australians: A passport valid for six months beyond arrival date is required. A 30 day visa is obtainable on arrival. Extensions are possible for tourist visas.

Entry requirements for South Africans: A passport valid for six months beyond arrival date is required. A 30 day visa is obtainable on arrival. Extensions are possible for tourist visas.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: A passport valid for six months beyond arrival date is required. A 30 day visa is obtainable on arrival. Extensions are possible for tourist visas.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: A passport valid for six months beyond arrival date is required. Irish nationals are visa exempt for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors must have a passport valid for six months from date of arrival. Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Travellers arriving from yellow-fever infected areas in Africa and the Americas are required to have a yellow fever vaccination to enter Palau. Other recommended vaccinations include hepatitis A and hepatitis B, while a vaccination for typhoid should be considered by long-term visitors planning to eat outside of hotels and restaurants. Health care is basic but generally sufficient for routine problems; air evacuation to another country will likely be required for any serious health issue. Comprehensive health insurance is advised and travellers should carry a supply of basic medications as well as any required prescription medication. There is a hyperbaric chamber for divers at Belau National Hospital.

Local Customs: Palauan social values are largely family-based, with respect and deference being shown to elders. A strong emphasis is placed on easy-going, harmonious social relationships. Visitors should avoid wearing beachwear around town, although casual dress is totally acceptable. Remove your shoes when entering someone's home. The head is considered a sacred part of the body, and should not be touched (unless you've been invited to do so). If you are invited to a social gathering of any kind, rather accept the invitation and not go, than decline outright. Do not remark negatively about the locals' habit of chewing betel nut. Public displays of affection between same-sex partners may offend locals and travellers should note that although the law is seldom enforced homosexuality is technically illegal.

Duty Free: Visitors to Palau may import one carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor without incurring customs duty. Controlled substances and weapons are prohibited.