BORDER MANAGEMENT & ENFORCEMENT

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OUR FOCUS

The main focus and responsibility of this division is border management and enforcement at the entry and exit points of our borders. Our mandate is to protect, prevent and detect illicit drugs, illicit goods, and other criminal activities that are harmful to our community and environment. We inspect and process all persons, baggage, cargo, mail, containers, freights and crafts entering and departing the Republic of Palau. We conduct patrols and surveillance of the territorial seas, including the contiguous zone as well as any part of the land or shore in order to enter, board and inspect any crafts or buildings for the purpose of carrying out an investigation or surveillance.

Our Functions:

Online Arrival Entry Form

We are pleased to announce the launch of the digital/online entry form for travelers- making travel much more convenient. As of February 01, 2024, the Palau Entry Form submissions must be submitted within 72 hours or before departure to the Republic of Palau. This will generate a QR, which must be presented on a mobile device or printed copy during check-in and upon arrival.

Your responses must be in English. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveler. Once you fill in the form, you will receive a unique QR code to your email. Each traveler must present a copy of their completed Palau Entry Form or Unique QR Code upon arrival at the Palau International Airport.

Before making your way to Pristine Paradise Palau, fill the online entry form palautravel.pw or you can access the link at palauhealth.org.

Personal Effects

Your clothing, toilet articles, personal jewelry (including watches), cameras, laptops that accompany you, are free of duty provided:

  • You own them at the time of arrival in Palau and are for your personal use
  • Not intended as gifts or for sale or exchange
  • Used prior to importation
  • Must be of a kind that a passenger may reasonably be expected to carry in his baggage

Commercial quantities of individual items of apparel (including footwear) are not covered by this allowance.

Passenger Allowances

  • Two (2) liters alcoholic beverages
  • One (1) open pack (20 sticks) of cigarettes
  • One (1) cigar not exceeding 15 grams
  • Up to (15 grams) of loose smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, or pipe tobacco in an opened package.
  • Any personal goods that is not for commercial use or sale in which the value does not exceed $400 USD.

In-excess of Normal Passenger Allowance

    • Goods that are in your possession upon arrival and are for commercial purposes (such as samples, any goods intended for sale or lease or hire, or exchange);
    • Any professional or technical equipment;
    • Any other personal goods the total value of which exceeds $400 USD (NOTE: Excludes used personal effects that a passenger may reasonably be expected to carry in his or her baggage).

All commercial goods will be subject to duty (where applicable) and Palau Goods & Services Tax (PGST). You should declare these goods on entry arrival form and declare to the proper officer at the baggage examination area.

If the value of the goods is less than $400 USD or if it is a perishable item, or medicine urgently needed, the goods can be cleared after payment of duty (if applicable) at the airport.

If the value of the goods is more than $400 USD and you have not arranged pre-clearance, the goods will be held under Customs control until an Import Entry has been processed and cleared. The goods have to be detained and detention notice to be issued to the owner or agents.

Prohibited Goods

  • Narcotic Drugs, Stimulants and Marijuana
  • Firearms, ammunitions, weapons of any kind, explosives, fireworks, poisonous substances, spring bladed knives, or other hazardous items.
  • Vapes and E-Cigarettes

Restricted Goods 

  • Drugs (Prescription or non-prescription)
  • Protected and endangered animals, plants and their products

Note: Please bring with you receipts for any purchase of commercial goods you made overseas or receipts for shopping in the Duty Free Shops within the baggage hall, to ascertain the correct value of the goods.

All travelers into Palau are required to declare before arrival if they are carrying $10,000 or more in USD or Foreign currency equivalent in their possession or luggage. If yes, you are required to complete the Currency Report or International Transportation of Currency/Monetary Instrument (to be given by the Officer).

It line with the Customs Regulations Part 13, it is an offense:

    • If any person who knowingly threatens or resists a Customs Officer
    • Penalty shall be imprisonment of not more than one year, or fined not more than $1,000 USD, or both

Obstructing Customs Officer or interfering with Customs property

    • Penalty shall be imprisonment of not more than one year, or fined not more than $1,000 USD, or both

Failure of persons arriving in or departing from the Republic of Palau with any of the requirements imposed by a Customs Officer

    • Fine of not more than $1,000 USD

Unauthorized presence in certain Customs controlled areas

    • Penalty shall be imprisonment of not more than one year, or fined not more than $1,000 USD, or both

While proceeding through the baggage examination area, passengers shall produce to the proper Officer an Entry Arrival Form or QR Code on which the necessary declarations has been done by you and also orally declare any other dutiable goods or prohibited and restricted imports in his or her possession. Baggage or person may be subject to search by other border enforcement agencies.

Declarations

When departing the Republic of Palau, travelers must pass through Immigration and Customs at the Airport. All travelers must complete immigration formalities at the Airport Departure before their flight.

Currency

  • All travelers into and out of Palau are required to Declare on the Arrival or Departure Form if they are carrying $10,000 USD or more in Currency or negotiable bearer instruments in their possession or baggage.
  • If you have in your possession any currency that exceeds $10,000 USD or equivalent in foreign currency, you are required to fill in a Currency Report or International Transportation of Currency/Monetary Instrument (to be given by the Officer)

If yes, you are required to complete a Border Currency Report Form

  • Seizure and Detention of Currency Administrative and Civil Penalties up to a Double the value of the Currency (Cash Courier Disclosure Act of 2007)
  • Forfeiture of the currency and/or Monetary Instruments and Criminal Penalties for Smuggling of up to five (5) years imprisonment and/or $5,000 USD Fine (17 PNC Chapter 37)

Certain goods like food, birds, agricultural and animals, and their by-products, drugs, weapons, as well as artifacts are restricted.

Furthermore, there are certain restrictions in which you must get proper clearance or permits for if you intend to export or carry on hand. Classification of goods and products include:

  • Food of any kind
  • Plants or parts of plants (Live or Dead)
  • Animal (Live or Dead) or their products
  • Biological specimens
  • Banning on exports of Reef Fish (RPPL 10-54)

However, for more information and details, please contact Customs at customs@palaugov.org or Biosecurity at biosecurity@palaugov.org

  • No person, vessel or aircraft, unless specifically exempted by applicable law and regulations, shall enter the Republic without having been issued an appropriate entry permit.
  • Except in emergency situations or as approved under this process, all overseas aircraft arriving and departing the Republic must:
    1. land at a designated Customs, Immigration and Biosecurity (CIB) place/airport; and
    2. depart from a designated CIB place/ airport.
  • All aircrafts and vessels are subject to Customs, Immigration and Biosecurity (CIB) controls when entering and departing the Republic of Palau. This includes requiring permission to enter our Ports of Entry and/or to enter subsequent ports of call.
  • Unless specifically exempted by law, this permit is good for entry at the Malakal Harbor, Palau International Airport and/or any other location or place designated by the Director. Any requests for optional entry locations must comply with the conditions to include a bond and such amount as the Director deems appropriate, but not less the $1,000 before granting such request. The Director must be satisfied that the place designated for formal entry will be sufficiently under CIB control at the time of entry, and that the expenses incurred by CIB will be reimbursed as authorized. The owner, operator, master or agent is required to seek permission from CIB to enter the Republic of Palau. This permit is good for entry at Malakal Harbor/Palau International Airport only.
  • All vessels and aircraft entering and departing a port of entry shall be subject to CIB inspection, agricultural inspection and quarantines, public health/environmental inspection and quarantines, Port State Control (Vessels Only) and other administrative inspections authorized by law. If any vessel or aircraft not being in distress enters or attempts to enter a port in violation of the provisions of this section, such information shall be communicated by the fastest available means to the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), Bureau of Marine Transportation (BMT) and/ or to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP).
  • The following form must be completed in full with the correct information and emailed to immigration@palaugov.org or submitted to the Immigration Office within the prescribed timeframe as listed below.
  • Immigration will only approve Entry Permits for all aircrafts only after the Director of the Bureau of Aviation (BOA) has approved the landing permit at the Palau International Airport, the Administrator of the Palau National Aviation Administration (PNAA) has provided the necessary certification and approvals and the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) confirms clearance.
  • BOA approval is required for landing permit.
  • PNAA approval is required for flight safety and security into Palau’s airspace.
  • At the Seaport, Immigration will approve entry permits only after the Director of the BMT confirms clearance.
  • Extension of the entry permit may be granted on application, provided that you meet eligibility requirements and have an appropriate visa.
  • The master of a vessel is required by law to give notice of impending arrival at least two weeks in advance of the expected entry on the prescribed form. In the event an aircraft/vessel is unable to provide advance notice, they will have 48 hours before the proposed flight or voyage for consideration by CIB. Carriers arriving without an entry permit will be denied entry and penalties may apply for failure to do so.
  • Requests that do not contain the necessary information will not be considered until all information is provided.
  • Requirements to depart. All vessels and aircrafts must provide to CIB notice of intent to depart the Republic at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of such departure.

To avoid delays in processing, the agent or master of the aircraft/vessel is required to notify CIB of any changes to the already transmitted Entry Form and the manifest. The agent or master of the aircraft/vessel is responsible for updating the BCBP by submitting the correct manifest and required documents prior to the aircraft/vessel departure from their last port. CIB must be informed of those changes in order to ensure that you will be able to proceed efficiently when you arrive.

  • Aircrafts and vessels entering the Republic shall immediately present their Entry Permits to an Immigration Officer. No person, other than the Captain, is permitted to Disembark from an aircraft or vessel until such time as an Entry Permit has been issued to the aircraft or vessel.
  • No person other than a CIB officer, Environment/Health Officer and Port State Control Officer may board the aircraft or vessel until a Visa has been issued to each passenger/crew member on board the aircraft or vessel and until such time as the passenger’s/crew members have been cleared through Immigration.
  • Disembarkation of Aliens from an aircraft or vessel arriving without a permit may be allowed for humanitarian reasons or practical considerations by the issuance of a Temporary Visa. Otherwise, Disembarkation shall not be allowed for any person arriving on the aircraft or vessel until such time as an Entry Permit for the aircraft or vessel is issued.
  • All aircrafts and vessels must obtain CIB and Port clearance before departing to a foreign port or place.
  • No commercial cargo or paying passengers shall be carried on board the vessel/aircraft that is not licensed as commercial carrier.
  • Effective April 25th, 2023, Palau no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country. In line with MHHS Directive No. 001-23 issued on April 25, 2023, there is no Quarantine requirement. The COVID-19 testing, forms and health insurance, face coverings are not required.
  • Health Requirements may be required in accordance with Immigration Regulations § 203 for those persons entering the Republic, prior to Entry, and in accordance with the policy of the Ministry of Health, to present a health/vaccination certificate; undergo a vaccination/inoculation; or undergo a health examination.
  • We are pleased to announce the launch of the digital/online entry form for travelers – making travel much more convenient. As of February 01, 2024, the Palau Entry Form submissions must be submitted within 72 hours or before departure to the Republic of Palau. Your responses must be in English. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveler.
  • Your responses must be in English. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveler. Once you fill in the form, you will receive a unique QR code to your email. Each traveler must present a copy of their completed Palau Entry Form or Unique QR Code upon arrival at the Palau International Airport.
  • Before making your way to Pristine Paradise. Palau, fill the online entry form pw or you can access the link at palauhealth.org
  • All required payments are paid before or upon the arrival of the vessel/aircraft.
  • Payment of all fees, including overtime, shall be made to the Republic Bureau of National Treasury and evidence of such payment shall be submitted to the Bureau.
  • Fees remitted in any other manner shall not be valid and may result in delays in the issuance of Entry Permits or Visas. All fees shall be paid before an extension of an Entry Permit or Visa is granted, and failure to timely pay fees shall be grounds for the denial of an Entry Permit or Visa. All fees and costs incurred for Visas issued outside the Republic shall be paid by the Alien.
  • The following fees shall be charged for Carrier Entry Permits:
    1. A fee of $1,000 shall be imposed for the issuance of a one-year multiple Entry Permit for Commercial Carriers.
    2. A fee of $500 shall be imposed for the issuance of a one-year multiple Entry Permit for Noncommercial Carriers.
    3. A fee of $100 shall be imposed for the issuance of a single Entry Permit for Commercial Carriers.
    4. A fee of $50 shall be imposed for the issuance of a single Entry Permit for Noncommercial Carriers.
  • Payment of penalties imposed by the Bureau Shall be made to the Republic National Treasury. Penalties imposed by the Palau Supreme Court shall be made to the Clerk of Courts.
  • All passengers are subject to the Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF) of $100 USD upon arrival.
  • In accordance with RPPL No. 10-38, Foreign Water Vessel Tax, every private yacht or cruise ship is subject to pay the water vessel tax to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection as per the tax schedule in Annex 1.
    1. The Division of Immigration shall not grant an extension of stay to any private yacht, cruise ship, or foreign water vessel unless the person having charge of the said private yacht, cruise ship, or vessel, or its agent, provides an original proof of payment of the Foreign Water Vessel Tax or Foreign Water Vessel Fee.
    2. The Bureau of Marine Transportation shall not grant departure clearance to any foreign water vessel unless the person having charge of the said water vessel, or its agent, provides original proof of payment of the Foreign Water Vessel Tax or Foreign Water Vessel Fee.
    3. The owner of any foreign water vessel that fails to depart the territorial waters of the Republic in violation of these Regulations shall be subject to a fine of up to $50,000, and the vessel shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture to the Republic as provided in Chapter 3 of Title 7 of the Palau National Code.

All vessels entering the Republic must have the following requirements:

    • For all arrivals to and departures from the Republic of Palau, Advance Passenger manifest information is required of all General Aviation operators. As such, pilots and operators for private, non-scheduled and commercial aircraft or vessels are responsible for transmitting manifest information that is correct, valid, accurate, complete, and transmitted within specified timeline requirements.
    • Last Port clearance & Stamp
    • Passenger and Crew List
    • General Declaration
    • AIS Maritime Mobile Service Identity No. (MMSI) and International Maritime Organization No.(IMO)

Traveller documents required upon arrival.

  • All persons on board will be required to produce travel documents, such as a valid passport, return ticket, labor permit, other evidence or circumstances acceptable to the Director.
  • The Master of the vessel will be required to complete a Small Craft Arrival Report.
  • You must declare all food, plant and animal items on your Incoming Arrival Form. A permit is required for the importation of plants, animals and food products prior to arriving in Palau. A Biosecurity officer will inspect your galley stores and other biosecurity items to ensure that they do not include prohibited goods or items infested with insects or disease. Prohibited goods will be confiscated, bonded on the vessel for the duration of your stay, or re-exported at the owner’s expense.
  • If you declare prohibited items, you may be given the option of re-exporting them. If you do not declare items of biosecurity concern, a fine could be imposed or you could be prosecuted.

Prohibited Goods

Restricted Goods

Traveler’s Allowance

Firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives, fireworks, poisonous substances, spring bladed knives, other hazardous items or weapons of any kind

Drugs (prescription or non-prescription)

Two (2) Liters of Alcoholic Beverages (No allowance for alcoholic beverages for travelers under the age of 21)

Counterfeit, altered or imitated bank notes or securities

Protected endangered animals, plants or their products

One (1) open pack of cigarettes

Narcotic drugs, stimulants, marijuana

Live animals and plants, meat products, seeds, vegetables and fruits, etc.

15g of loose smoking, chewing or tobacco in an open pack (No allowance for tobacco products for travelers under the age of 21)

Vapes and E-cigarettes

 

 

  • Entry permits will only be issued by Immigration Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm (excluding holidays). You can contact Immigration at immigration@palaugov.org. You can also contact Customs at customs@palaugov.org and Biosecurity at biosecurity@palaugov.org. Emails received outside of business hours will be responded on the next business day.