Foreign travel advice

Palau

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Palau based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Palau is subject to entry restrictions

  • A 14 day compulsory quarantine is currently in place for any international arrivals into Palau

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to the Palau, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section for more information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

On 1 January 2020, a new act by the Palauan Senate prohibited reef-toxic sunscreens from Palau. Reef-toxic sunscreen is no longer allowed to be brought into Palau, and will be confiscated on arrival. See Local laws and customs

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Palau, attacks can not be ruled out. See Terrorism

Palau is vulnerable to tropical cyclones and floods. These are most likely to occur between June and November. You should monitor local and international weather updates, and follow instructions issued by the local authorities. See Natural disasters

There is no British diplomatic representation in Palau. Consular support is not available from the British government in Palau. However, the British Embassy in Manila, Philippines can provide consular support to British nationals.