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Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) statistics revealed that there had been a few North Koreans visiting Palau in the past years.

Statistics from PVA showed that since 2008, a total of 71 North Korean tourists had been in Palau.

When asked for a breakdown of tourist arrival statistics, PVA revealed that there had been three North Korean visitors in Palau in 2008, another three in 2009, one in 2010, nine in 2011,six in 2012, and four in 2013. By 2014, the number went up to 16 North Korean tourists, 15 North Korean tourists in 2015, and 11 in 2016 before it went down again to only three North Korean visitors in 2017, and none in 2018. The statistics shared, however, did not provide any statistics for this year.

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. just signed an executive order (EO) on April 30 outlining a government policy to refuse entry or deny issuance of visa to individuals holding a passport issued by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) also known as North Korea.

The EO stated that the policy is in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1718- a resolution that imposes a series of economic and commercial sanctions on North Korea after its claimed nuclear test on October 9, 2006.

The EO also directed the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to disseminate copies of order to relevant agencies including commercial carriers flying to and from Palau.

“Each carrier, commercial or otherwise, shall be responsible to assure that all their passengers entering the republic are aware of the conditions of thus executive order, especially those pertaining to DPRK passport holders,” the EO read. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)