Travel

Government

  • President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
  • Vice President Antonio Bells
  • Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) – Senate & House of Representatives
  • Council Of Chiefs
  • Democratic independent nation in free association with the United States.

Capital

  • Melekeok State

Location 

  • 7° 30' North Latitude 133° 30' East Longitude

Visa Information

  • Visitors will receive a temporary visa by filling out a visa application prior to arriving at Koror/Airai International Airport.

Currency 

  • U.S Dollar

Official Languages

  • Palauan
  • English

Population

  • Approx 21,302

Travel Distances

  • Honolulu 4,500 miles
  • California 7,000 miles
  • Australia 2,500 miles
  • Japan 2,500 miles
  • Philippines 550 miles
  • Papua New Guinea 410 miles

International & Regional Air Service

Local Climate

  • Palau enjoys a pleasantly warm climate all year round with an annual mean temperature of 82° F (27° C). Rainfall can occur throughout the year, and the annual average is 150 inches. The average relative humidity is 82%, and although rain falls more frequently between July and October, there is still much sunshine. Typhoons are rare as Palau is located outside the typhoon zone. Current weather conditions are available below as well as through NOAA's hourly updated satellite image of Micronesia.
  • 10-Day Weather Forecast

Customs, Immigration & Health Requirement

  • One bottle of liquor and 1 pack of cigarettes can be brought into Palau duty-free. Importation of controlled substances and weapons is strictly prohibited. Proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate) by U.S. citizens is required. Visas are not required. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid passport. All visitors must have return travel arrangements or approval by the Chief of Immigration for an extended stay. The fee is $100.00 (U.S. Dollars). Cholera and Yellow Fever immunizations are required for those arriving from infected areas.

What To Wear

  • Island style prevails. Cool, loose-fitting clothing is acceptable in most places. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended. Visitors are strongly advised to respect local customs by not wearing swimsuits, short-shorts, or other inappropriate clothing in town, villages or public places.

Services

  • This democratic country is very stable and provides a safe and clean environment for visitors. Visitor services include hotels, banks, land/dive tour operators, and car rental agencies that are ready to assist you with your needs. There are a wide variety of restaurants that serve international and local cuisine, as well as several night clubs. Many Palauans have a good working knowledge of the Japanese language due to the long-term presence of the Japanese in the islands during the first half of this century. The local currency is based on the U.S. dollar and many establishments accept major credit cards from the U.S. and Japan.

Activities Possible

  • Visiting the Rock Islands
  • Snorkeling
  • Jellyfish Lake
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Sport Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Parasailing
  • Other Water Sports

Legal Holidays

  • January 1st – New Year's Day
  • March 15th – Youth Day
  • May 5th – Senior Citizens Day
  • June 1st – President's Day
  • July 9th – Constitution Day
  • 1st Monday in September – Labor Day
  • October 1st – Independence Day
  • October 24 – United Nations Day
  • Last Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25th – Christmas Day

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