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The Republic of Palau is a constitutional democracy in free association with the United States. Palau is an archipelago consisting of several hundred volcanic and limestone islands and coral atolls, few of which are inhabited, and is politically divided into 16 states. Palau’s developing economy depends on tourism, marine resources and a small agricultural sector. There are two kinds of public transportation available, taxi and Airai bus service. Palau International Airport is located on Babeldaob Island, near Koror Island. Direct commercial air service exists from Manila, Taipei and Guam to Palau. Read the Department of State Background Note  on Palau for additional information.



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Country Name: Palau
Continent: Asia
Capital City: Melekeok
Boundary Countries: No Land Boundaries
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Palau Medical Center
Main Cities: Melekeok, Koror
Country Size: 458 sq km
Population: 20,842



Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5%

Currency: US dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 41.6%, Protestant 23.3%, Modekngei 8.8% (indigenous to Palau), Seventh-Day Adventist 5.3%, Jehovah's Witness 0.9%, Latter-Day Saints 0.6%, other 3.1%, unspecified or none 16.4%

National Holidays: Constitution Day, 9 July (1979)
Economic Status:

The economy consists primarily of tourism, subsistence agriculture, and fishing.


No regular military forces; Palau National Police.

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located in Koror in an area known as Ngermid Hamlet. There is no street address. The mailing address is: PO Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940. Tel (680) 488-2920/2990, fax (680) 488-2911. The Embassy does not issue passports; that function is performed by the Honolulu Passport Agency.

Document Requirements:

Citizens and nationals of the United States of America, with the exception of United States military personnel, must have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry.  A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Palau for one year or less, provided the visitor otherwise complies with applicable regulations, for example, on employment.  U.S. military personnel must present official orders or documents certifying status; U.S. military dependents ten years or older must have a U.S. Government-issued photo-identification card showing the name, date of birth, and status of the bearer. For more information about entry requirements to Palau, travelers may consult with the Embassy of Palau, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 452-6814.  Visit the Embassy of Palau’s website  for the most current information. 

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

Major Airports:

Airports: 3, Airports w/paved runways: 1

Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR/PTRO)
Koror, Palau, Koror, PALAU

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

There is no specific terrorism threat at this time.
Although, the crime rate in Palau is relatively low, foreign residents can be the target of petty and sometimes violent crimes, as well as other random acts against individuals and property. Therefore, visitors should not be complacent regarding personal safety or the protection of valuables.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 14.07 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 70.71yrs (male 67.54/ female 74.06)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid, Boosters: MMR, DPT, as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue, filariasis, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley encephalitis are diseases carried by insects that also occur in the Pacific Island region. Leptospirosis is common on some of the Pacific Islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but limited in availability and quality. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 3
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Periodic outbreaks of measles have occurred on islands with inadequate immunization coverage.

Cases of melioidosis have been reported from Papua New Guinea, Guam, and Australia; risk may exist on other islands.

High attack rates of ciguatera poisoning from eating large reef-dwelling fish have been reported on some of the islands.

Communications Info:

Country Code: +680
Internet Code: .pw


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