Palau consists of a unique and fascinating array of reefs, water and islands. The aim of the Government of Palau is to promote and encourage the development of a visitor industry in Palau as one of the two lead sectors to support economic growth while maintaining the pristine marine and land environments and ecosystems.

Visitor by Country of Nationality and Purpose of Entry: 2016

Country of Nationality Tourist Business Employ Dependant Other Total
Total 136,572 1,836 4,932 566 2,304 146,210
Australia/New Zealand 848 127 43 15 86 1,119
France 341 5 4 2 17 369
FSM 506 26 18 2 110 662
Germany 981 22 16 6 49 1,074
Italy 357 13 12 - 9 391
Japan 28,959 279 411 93 314 30,056
Korea 12,340 101 113 47 94 12,695
Philippines 931 149 1,932 215 349 3,576
PRC China 64,685 305 695 49 310 66,044
ROC Taiwan 13,788 146 525 37 51 14,547
Russia 329 5 2 1 - 337
Singapore 223 13 - - 3 239
Switzerland 299 3 1 2 6 311
United Kingdom 648 40 42 4 118 852
USA/Canada 8,137 289 203 64 249 8,942
Other Europe 1,907 52 35 10 97 2,101
Others 1,293 261 880 19 442 2,895

Source: Bureau of Immigration, MOJ and Bureau and Planning, MOF

Tourist and Business Arrivals 2016

Month Total January February March April May June July August September October November December
Total 138,408 14,183 14,134 12,252 10,667 9,602 11,383 12,494 13,283 12,167 8,987 9,384 9,872
Australia/NZ 975 97 69 125 78 92 87 61 49 86 75 82 74
France 346 45 31 49 23 18 9 10 23 9 39 39 51
FSM 532 38 50 22 28 39 70 116 52 35 35 18 29
Germany 1,003 122 120 117 80 52 32 50 48 44 97 142 99
Italy 370 33 35 52 16 7 30 14 47 24 27 53 32
Japan 29,238 3,050 3,368 3,294 1,967 1,627 1,332 1,905 2,867 3,221 1,532 2,281 2,794
Korea 12,441 1,392 1,038 782 1,047 864 758 1,021 1,057 1,169 1,029 1,089 1,195
Phillipines 1,080 79 97 90 71 94 76 109 84 77 96 105 102
PRC China 64,990 6,889 6,808 5,128 4,933 4,760 6,294 6,765 6,750 5,326 4,237 3,607 3,493
ROC Taiwan 13,934 1,357 1,264 1,232 1,206 1,019 1,578 1,463 1,537 1,323 616 549 790
Russia 334 70 25 58 54 24 2 9 1 8 23 21 39
Singapore 236 14 17 15 17 13 38 23 12 5 26 29 27
Switzerland 302 42 36 33 27 20 14 23 11 11 20 40 25
United Kingdom 688 51 53 80 70 50 51 56 45 45 63 49 75
USA/Canada 8,426 657 828 861 657 692 782 699 488 569 792 641 760
Other Europe 1,959 141 140 194 167 68 83 73 100 135 177 511 170
Others 1,554 106 155 120 226 163 147 97 112 80 103 128 117

Source: Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Justice, ROP and Office of Planning & Statistics, Bureau of Budget and Planning, MOF