Palau Travel Information

The Basics


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Local Customs

Palauan social values are largely family-based, with respect and deference being shown to elders. A strong emphasis is placed on easy-going, harmonious social relationships. Visitors should avoid wearing beachwear around town, although casual dress is totally acceptable. Remove your shoes when entering someone's home. The head is considered a sacred part of the body, and should not be touched (unless you've been invited to do so). If you are invited to a social gathering of any kind, rather accept the invitation and not go, than decline outright. Do not remark negatively about the locals' habit of chewing betel nut.

Duty Free

Visitors to Palau may import one carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor without incurring customs duty. Controlled substances and weapons are prohibited.

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