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Palau

Palau: At a glance

Capital: Ngerulmud

Population: 21,729

Official languages: English, Palauan

Time zone: Palau Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Palau: Travel Health Information

Perched on the Kyushu-Palau Ridge, Palau is home to over 300 coral and volcanic islands. Visitors can explore the diverse sand dunes, lakes, and mountains of Babeldaob, go diving from Ngemelis Wall, and snorkel along the Rock Islands. Sites leftover from World War II, such as Kaigun Sho, are also popular attractions.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Palau may differ from your home country. Palau has a publicly funded and provided healthcare system. There is one hospital and a few healthcare centres. The quality of medical care throughout the country is generally inadequate and does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals Palau typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Palau.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies can be limited outside of urban areas.The pharmaceutical industry is Palau is mostly unregulated, so the quality of products may be poor and some medications may not be available. Travellers should be cautious of counterfeit medications.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Palau’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Palau’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Most roads in urban areas of Palau are adequately maintained, but road quality can vary by region. Many roads also lack sidewalks so travellers should exercise caution when walking near roads. Seat belts are not required by law in Palau but should be worn for safety at all times.



Palau: At a glance

Capital: Ngerulmud

Population: 21,729

Official languages: English, Palauan

Time zone: Palau Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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