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Palau Travel Information

According to itypeauto, Palau (Palaus: Belau) is a country in Oceania consisting of about 340 islands (12 inhabited). Palau is part of the Micronesia archipelago. The capital of Palau is Ngerulmud. A number of major cities in Palau are: Koror and Galap.

According to aceinland, Palau is known as a tropical destination. Each of the approximately 340 islands has a lot to offer. There are rocks, sandy beaches, tropical forests and mangrove forests. The many islands are ideal for diving and snorkelling. There are colorful fish, sharks, mantas, barracudas, caves, tunnels, coral reefs and many shipwrecks from the second world war.

Where is Palau located?

Travel information of Palau

Official name: Republic of Palau
Continent: Oceania
Area: 459 km²
Capital: Ngerulmud
Country code: PW, PLW
Population: 21,685 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 242 m (Mount Ngerchelchuus)
Distance (Amsterdam – Ngerulmud): 11,852 km
Flight time: approximately 16 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Palau. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Weather and climate
Palau has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Palau can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Palau can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February and March are the best months to travel to Palau. This avoids the prolonged rainy season. Incidentally, there is also a considerable amount of precipitation in these months.

English and Palauan are both an official language in Palau. Sonsorolese, Tobian, Japanese and Angaur are also spoken.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Palau.
A visa is required. You can purchase this for approximately USD 50 upon arrival in Palau (valid for 30 days).

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines (also for Palau):
Consulate of Palau in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Palau, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Palau, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Palau can be found on our ATMs page.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 7 hours later in Palau.
During our winter time it is 8 hours later in Palau.
Palau has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Palau can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Palau you have to drive on the right.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Palau.

In Palau you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Palau can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Palau can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Palau can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Palau end
Palau official websites: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Palau is 00680 or +680.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Palau? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Palau.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Palau.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Palau, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Palau?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have visited Palau before. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Palau can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Palau can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Palau? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Palau.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Palau.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.1.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Not allowed for men, allowed for women.

Did you know that…
…Palau only gained independence from the United States in 1994?
…Palau was sold by the Spaniards to the Germans in the 19th century?
…Palau has only four embassies abroad?
…Palau consists of more than 250 islands?

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