The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) is forging ahead with its travel protocols the rise in cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant outside of Palau.

Gaafar Uherbelau, MMHS Minister told reporters Wednesday that they are confident in its protocols for incoming passengers into Palau.

“We’ve continued to believe that the protocols we have in place have worked. But of course if we see that, you know, things have changed with this new variant, if we need to make adjustments, then we’ll go ahead and do that. But we need to continue to base our decisions on the latest data,” Uherbelau said. 

The new COVID- 19 Entry requirements issued on December 16 removes testing upon arrival of passengers. Travelers will have to be COVID tested on the fourth day following their arrival to the Republic. 

The new requirement also no longer mandate restriction of movements.

Palau requires travelers Ito be fully vaccinated and provide within three   days prior to departure from the point of origin. 

The country is also scheduled to host Our Ocean Conference in February where hundreds of delegates are expected to come from all over the world to attending the meeting. 

As of December 23, 73 percent of Palau’s estimated 18,000 population have been fully vaccinated. Including younger children aged 5 to 11 years old, according to the MHHS COVID-19 situation report.  

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