Palau
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Travel health and vaccine advice for Palau

Palau’s archipelago is a natural treasure made of forested rock islands erupting from the waters of the Western Pacific Ocean like mushrooms and hiding countless white sand beaches and pristine atolls. Nature here is stunning and home to a preserved wildlife, from exotic birds flying all around to crocodiles swimming through the mangroves. The island nation is a haven for divers and snorkelers. Some of the most spectacular diving spots in the world are found in Palau’s crystalline waters, ranging from colorful coral reefs bustling with life to deep blue holes and World War II wrecks. Unique and untouched, Palau is a genuine tropical paradise.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

Risk of Zika in this Country. Learn More >>

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

PALAU – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

There are only a few medical facilities in Palau, but the care provided by the archipelago’s hospitals is good. Be aware that the quality level of medical care depends on the establishment, some being worse than others. The Belau National Hospital is the main hospital center in the country and is well equipped. Palau has two private clinics which provide the best care you can find in the country. In the event of serious sickness or injury, an air evacuation to another country is required.

In case of emergency in Palau, call 911. 

Pharmacies in the archipelago are well stocked with basic medicines. But the pharmaceutical infrastructure is limited outside of the main cities. It is always safer to bring your own first aid kit and specific treatments when traveling to Palau.

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime is prevalent. Ensure that your personal belongings, your passport and other travel documents are secure at all times.

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CANADIAN AMBASSY

Emergency services
  • Firefighting and rescue services: 911
  • Medical emergencies: 911
  • Criminal issues: 911 or contact the police at your nearest police station