BIOSECURITY

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OUR FOCUS

The focus of Biosecurity is to enforce regulations of imports and exports of animal and plant materials at all points of entry and departure borders, as well as Post Borders activities addressing invasive species eradication and control as well as management and control of aggressive native species within Palau. Border control duties include monitoring incoming and outgoing plant and animal materials against approved lists of allowed plants and animals, proper disposal of confiscated products without permits or illegally imported and providing certification process for various activities.

Our Functions:

Biosecurity laws and regulations of Palau states everyone arriving into Palau from overseas to declare all risk goods including plants, plant products, animals, animal products, any food, wooden articles, soil and used materials (clothing, shoes etc.) to the Biosecurity Officers at the Point of Entries. These goods could harbor exotic weeds, pests and diseases that could adversely affect and harm Palau’s unique environment, devastate the agricultural, livestock industry and the tourism and health of our communities.

The following biosecurity risk goods must be declared:

  • Food of any kind;
  • Animals, reptiles, fish (fresh/frozen/dried), birds, animal products including meat, dairy products, skins, feather bones, eggs, shells and bee products;
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, fresh or dried flowers, foliage, mushrooms, straw, bamboo, wood, handicraft and other plant products;
  • Soil, rock, earth, mineral sample, tools used in farm, used tents, camping equipment, bicycle, golf s and clubs, used sporting shoes/boots and equipment’s;
  • Equipment, clothing, shoes and OHS materials used with animals, fish or plants including bee-keeping equipment, saddle, or any other used equipment; and
  • All types of Biological specimens including vaccines, tissue culture, blood, live/dried or preserved insects or fungi.

Travelers can voluntarily dispose of any biosecurity risk goods in their possession that they have not declared on their Arrival/Declaration Card into the Biosecurity Amnesty Bins provided at the Airport, prior to Biosecurity inspections.

For more information, please email biosecurity@palaugov.org.

It is considered an offense if:

  • Obstruction, falsifying information, assaulting or threatening a Biosecurity Officer, or bribing an officer while performing their duties.
  • Fraudulent use of official documents by forging or unlawfully altering a document.

Penalties

If travelers are found breaching any of the above Biosecurity regulations, they could be fined or forfeited of their articles. The fines include the following:

  • Upon first (1st) conviction, an individual who commits an offense under RPPL 9-58 of the Biosecurity Act, may be fined up to $10,000 USD and imprisoned for up to 6 months.
  • Upon second (2nd) conviction, an individual who commits an offense under RPPL 9-58 of the Biosecurity Act, may be fined up to $20,000 USD and imprisoned for up to 6 months.
  • Upon third (3rd) conviction, an individual who commits an offense under RPPL 9-58 of the Biosecurity Act, may be fined up to $50,000 USD and imprisoned for up to 2 years.
  • The above maximum monetary penalties shall be doubled if the offender is a corporate body or other entity within the definition of “person” but not an individual.

Cats & Dogs

  • An import permit is a requirement for both entries of cats and dogs into Palau
  • Email biosecurity@palaugov.org to apply for an import permit.

Health certificate

  • Health certificate is a must requirement for entry of dogs/cats and all other animals into Palau.
  • Health certificate:

An international health certificate is required and must be issued or endorsed at most 48 hours before departure. It must be stamped and state that the pet is in good health and free of contagious and parasitic diseases or any other contagious diseases. 

  • Rabies vaccination:

A rabies vaccination is required for pets older than 3 months with an inactivated vaccine at least 30 days and at most 12 months before departure. 

Birds

  • Health certificate is a requirement
  • Import permit have conditions/requirements that must be met before any birds are allowed into Palau.

Health certificate

  • An international health certificate is required and must be issued or endorsed at most 48 hours before departure and state that the birds have been:
    1. inspected and found to be healthy and free from clinical signs of any infectious or contagious diseases; and
    2. under official veterinary supervision and isolation for the past 28 days before departure; and
  • Tested for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease twice at least 7 days and at most 14 days before
  • Conditions stated in the import permit will advise you of what is required before any animal/pets can be imported into Palau.
  • Pets must be treated:
    1. at least 3 days before departure for external parasites and internal parasites with an approved broad spectrum anthelmintic; and
    2. at least 1 month and at most 6 months before departure for cats: Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus; and
    3. at least 1 month and at most 12 months before departure for cats: Panleukopenia; and
    4. at least 1 month and at most 3 months before departure for dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus. 
  • A quarantine reservation is required for pets arriving from rabies-endemic countries only. 
  • The same regulations apply for both.
  • No age restrictions on dogs and cats that can be imported into Palau
  • All transit pets/animals without Palau valid import permit will remain in the vessel/aircraft for the duration of the transit time.
  • Pets younger than 4 months old are not allowed to enter Palau. 

Please email biosecurity@palaugov.org to apply for an import permit or inquire more information in regard to requirements and restrictions of pets and animals