Dangers & Annoyances

Palau is a safe country to visit, provided the usual common-sense precautions are taken.

Electricity

Palau uses 110V, 60Hz AC, North American-style two-pin plugs.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Palau's country code680
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Entry & Exit Formalities

Visas

Citizens of most countries are granted a 30-day tourist visa on arrival. US citizens are granted one-year visas. You'll need a passport valid for at least six months and a return or onward ticket.

Internet Access

Both Palau National Communications Corporation and Palau Telecom sell prepaid wi-fi access cards that can be used at hotspots around Palau, including at most accommodation and a number of restaurants and cafes. Hourly costs range from US$1.50 to US$2.50.

Note that connections can be excruciatingly slow at times.

Money

Palau's currency is the US dollar. Credit cards are accepted at many tourist facilities in Koror (and at a few places on Peleliu) but often attract a 3% to 5% fee on transactions.

There are ATMs at Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Guam and Bank Pacific in Koror, which can be used for international withdrawals.

Note that foreign currency exchange is a hassle, so try to bring US dollars cash. Only Bank of Hawaii will change money in most major currencies. It charges US$10 per transaction.

Telephone

Palau's country code is 680; there are no area codes. All Palauan numbers have seven digits.

Palau National Communications Corporation offers GSM mobile phone service in most areas, and prepaid SIM cards are available for purchase. A SIM card package is US$25, including US$10 of calls. You can buy top-up cards everywhere. Local calls cost 22 cents per minute while international calls are 57 cents per minute.

Note that most foreign phones set up for global roaming won't work in Palau because PNCC doesn't have roaming agreements with foreign operators.

Time

Koror is nine hours ahead of UTC/GMT.