Palau Embassy Washington D.C.

Palau Embassy Washington D.C. Ambassador and Staff

His Excellency Hersey Kyota
Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

Mrs.

Operating as usual

Joint Statement on Afghanistan - United States Department of State
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Joint Statement on Afghanistan - United States Department of State

Joint Statement on Afghanistan - United States Department of State

The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan initially released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High ...

Interior Funds Island Areas Membership Fees in  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Students from Territo...
07/21/2021

Interior Funds Island Areas Membership Fees in
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Students from Territories and Freely Associated States Now Eligible for In-State Tuition Rates at Select Schools in Western United States.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs announced $174,900 in Technical Assistance Program grant funding to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for and on behalf of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. WICHE membership opens opportunities for the insular areas to participate in ongoing initiatives related to higher education, workforce development, and behavioral health. This new collaboration also guarantees in-state tuition rates for students from the territories and the freely associated states at hundreds of institutes of higher education across the Western region of the United States.

“We are pleased to support this opportunity for the insular areas to leverage resources and expertise in capacity development and higher education,” said Nikolao P**a, Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs. “We encourage insular areas students who are underrepresented across institutes of higher education in the United States to take advantage of this opportunity for growth and development.”

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grant funding will cover the cost of membership dues for the three U.S. Pacific territories and the three freely associated states, in effect expanding membership in the Pacific region from only Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to include American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. WICHE’s Student Access Programs provide opportunities for students residing in any WICHE member state, territory, or country to pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in other WICHE locations at substantially reduced non-resident tuition costs and to participate in other professional school programs.

All TAP funds provided through the Office of Insular Affairs are made available each year by Congress to support priorities in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. More information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs can be found at www.doi.gov/oia.

The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, @InsularAffairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Follow and “like” OIA on Facebook and subscribe to the OIA YouTube Channel.

Interior Funds Island Areas Membership Fees in
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Students from Territories and Freely Associated States Now Eligible for In-State Tuition Rates at Select Schools in Western United States.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs announced $174,900 in Technical Assistance Program grant funding to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for and on behalf of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. WICHE membership opens opportunities for the insular areas to participate in ongoing initiatives related to higher education, workforce development, and behavioral health. This new collaboration also guarantees in-state tuition rates for students from the territories and the freely associated states at hundreds of institutes of higher education across the Western region of the United States.

“We are pleased to support this opportunity for the insular areas to leverage resources and expertise in capacity development and higher education,” said Nikolao P**a, Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs. “We encourage insular areas students who are underrepresented across institutes of higher education in the United States to take advantage of this opportunity for growth and development.”

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grant funding will cover the cost of membership dues for the three U.S. Pacific territories and the three freely associated states, in effect expanding membership in the Pacific region from only Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to include American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. WICHE’s Student Access Programs provide opportunities for students residing in any WICHE member state, territory, or country to pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in other WICHE locations at substantially reduced non-resident tuition costs and to participate in other professional school programs.

All TAP funds provided through the Office of Insular Affairs are made available each year by Congress to support priorities in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. More information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs can be found at www.doi.gov/oia.

The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, @InsularAffairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Follow and “like” OIA on Facebook and subscribe to the OIA YouTube Channel.

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Case Joins Fellow Co-Chairs of Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus in Reintroducing Bipartisan Expanded Blue Pacific Act For Long-Term Coordinated United States Policy In The Pacific Islands Region

U.S. Congressman Ed Case (D-HI), Joins Fellow Co-Chairs of Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus in Reintroducing Bipartisan Expanded Blue Pacific Act For Long-Term Coordinated United States Policy In The Pacific Islands Region.

First introduced by Case and fellow colleagues last Congress, the BLUE Pacific Act would establish a comprehensive, long-term U.S. strategy across the Pacific Islands region.

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04/28/2021

Tune in Tonight to Watch Ambassador Kyota Announced into the House Chamber for
President Biden’s First Address to the Joint Session of Congress.

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02/10/2021

Interior Awards $1,033,100 to Mitigate COVID-19
Among Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.
We are Oceania to Provide Support to Families Most Disproportionately Impacted.

Interior Awards $1,033,100 to Mitigate COVID-19
Among Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.
We are Oceania to Provide Support to Families Most Disproportionately Impacted.

Office of the President, Republic of Palau
01/07/2021

Office of the President, Republic of Palau

Statement by His Excellency Hersey Kyota
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Palau to the United States of America
on the unacceptable display of the Palauan flag by a rioter at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

January 6, 2021

Peaceful demonstrations are part of democracy, and every person has the right to speak up and participate in that process. This includes thousands of Palauans and Americans of Palauan heritage who call America home. However, the flag of the Republic of Palau has no place in the disorder and unlawful act that took place at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, DC today. The Palau flag should never be associated with acts of violence or destruction of properties. I was deeply disappointed to see our flag carried by a rioter at the U.S. Capitol. This was outright wrong and absolutely unacceptable. To that person, who carried the flag I say: If you love the Republic of Palau, please do not embarrass her and her people. I hope I will never see our flag displayed in such an embarrassing way again.

Sincerely,
/S/
Hersey Kyota
Ambassador of Palau to the United States

Presidential Statement of the Passing of Former President Kuniwo Nakamura October 15, 2020On behalf of the People of the...
10/15/2020

Presidential Statement of the Passing of Former President Kuniwo Nakamura

October 15, 2020

On behalf of the People of the Republic of Palau, Debbie and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former President Kuniwo Nakamura, who passed away early this morning. We cannot begin to express how much of a loss
President Nakamura’s passing is to us all. Today, we, as one Palauan people, mourn this great loss to the Republic.

President Nakamura’s life of public service, which included eight years as President of our Republic, reflected his commitment to serve and empower all Palauans. He was present from the earliest of Palau’s Trust Territory days; led us as we proudly declared our independence; and was with us through the first twenty-five years of sovereign statehood. He helped build this nation into what it is today, taking great care in keeping our heritage and our identity intact. From grassroots efforts to the private sector enterprises, from women and youth to our fishermen and senior citizens, President Nakamura was truly a man of and for all the people.

When our nation faced some of its greatest choices, including the choice to seek independence, he led us through our critical decisions, ensuring that the Palauan people– now and in future generations – will have their identity preserved and protected.
When our nation faced some of its greatest urgencies, including economic downturns and the fall of the Koror-Babeldaob Bridge, he helped us to overcome what seemed like insurmountable challenges, leading our young nation into some of the greatest economic recoveries and past some of the worst disasters we have ever experienced.

The nation and people of the Republic of Palau join the Nakamura family in mourning the loss of former President Kuniwo Nakamura– a loving husband, a proud father, and a true and treasured Palauan leader who will be remembered for all time.

Sincerely,
/S/
Tommy E. Remengesau,Jr.
President of the Repubilc of Palau

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US Department of Interior: Office of the Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs. Initial Economic Impact ...
06/22/2020

US Department of Interior: Office of the Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs.

Initial Economic Impact of COVID-19 Reported
for Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

Thank You Taiwan TECRO Office for Our Face Mask Supplies.
06/09/2020

Thank You Taiwan TECRO Office for Our Face Mask Supplies.

Executive Order by President Remengesau of Palau to Extend Travel Restrictions to June 30, 2020.
04/29/2020

Executive Order by President Remengesau of Palau to Extend Travel Restrictions to June 30, 2020.

President Remengesau Extends Travel Restrictions to June 30, 2020

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 440

Extending the travel restrictions established by EO 436 and extended by EO 437

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has yet to enter the Republic of Palau, which has not identified a single case to date due to the dedicated efforts of our Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, and National Emergency Committee; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19, which was first detected in the People’s Republic of China, has now spread to many of the world’s largest economies and tourism source markets; and

WHEREAS, while the absence of COVID-19 cases justifies the enjoyment of some normal activity within the Republic, our ongoing efforts to prevent and prepare for the entry of COVID-19 justify continued restriction of flights from the source country of this pandemic;

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me pursuant to the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Palau, I hereby order as follows:

Extension of Travel Restrictions and Requirements of EO 437. Any person, including a crew member, a Palauan citizen, or a Palau resident, arriving into Palau at any point of entry is required to complete a health declaration form and to submit to all testing and quarantine procedures as determined by the Minister of Health. The Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industries, and Commerce (MPIIC) shall maintain temporary flight suspensions from Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China to the Republic of Palau until June 30, 2020.

MPIIC shall continue, until June 30, 2020, to prohibit the entry of all travelers with travel history originating from or transiting through mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau within 14 days of their arrival in the Republic of Palau. Exemption may be made to this prohibition for Palauan citizens and residents, provided that such persons submit to a comprehensive health screening and 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Palau.

MPIIC shall continue to restrict the entry of cruise ships into any Palau port until June 30, 2020. No cruise ship shall be allowed to enter unless the captain submits satisfactory proof that it has not called in any COVID-19 affected area, and that none of its passengers originated from or transited through any affected area within 14 days of boarding the vessel.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal this 29th day of April, 2020 at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud, Republic of Palau.

/s/
Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
President of the Republic of Palau

U.S. Named Negotiators for the Compacts of Free Association with Palau.
04/24/2020

U.S. Named Negotiators for the Compacts of Free Association with Palau.

Press Release: Palauans are Eligible for CARES Act Benefits.
03/29/2020

Press Release: Palauans are Eligible for CARES Act Benefits.

U.S Department of Interior Provides $858,924 to Procure GeneXpert COVID-19 Testing Kits and Machine for the U.S. Pacific...
03/27/2020

U.S Department of Interior Provides $858,924 to Procure GeneXpert COVID-19 Testing Kits and Machine for the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.

Office of the President, Republic of Palau
03/18/2020

Office of the President, Republic of Palau

A Statement from the President Regarding Developments in the Local and International Fight Against COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Dear fellow Palauans and all residents:

As of today, there are still no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 here in Palau. Additionally, the vast majority of those who have contracted the disease globally continue to make full recoveries. Our goal is to prevent the virus from entering Palau, and to be as prepared as possible in case it does.

We are committed to keeping you well informed, with up-to-date information on all important developments. Today, I write to inform you of very significant developments regarding international travel and the protection of our school-aged children.

Although Palau remains COVID-19 free, some of our closest neighbors have recently reported multiple COVID-19 cases. In their attempts to contain the spread of COVID-19, several neighboring jurisdictions including the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Philippine province of Luzon (Manila) have imposed severe travel restrictions. As a result, and as we have all expected, flights in and out of Palau will be severely reduced in the coming months.

After this Friday, March 20, United Airlines will not fly between Palau and Manila, until the end of April. Beginning next Thursday, March 26, United Airlines will fly once per week between Palau and Guam, until the end of April. These flights will arrive each Thursday and depart each Friday.

Beginning next Monday, March 23, China Airlines flights between Palau and Taiwan will be severely reduced. Palau and Taiwan are working together, and in a spirit of close friendship, to ensure that essential air service is maintained for the purpose of transporting necessary medical supplies and patients. We will inform the public as soon as further details become available.

Our friends and partners in Guam and Taiwan are doing their part in the global fight against COVID-19, and it is up to us to make the most of this critical flight availability. By coordinating with our international partners, I am confident that our health, public safety, and emergency response officials can manage these limited flights safely. In the coming months, these flights will be lifelines for our medical patients, and for Palauans who are forced to return home by economic disruptions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has determined, as advised by MoH and the National Emergency Committee and in an abundance of caution, that all schools should close from March 23 – April 3, 2020. I must stress that our children are currently safe at school, at day care, and in all other public places. However, the Ministry believes this closure will allow for a deep-clean of all facilities, for the assignment of nurses, for medical response planning, and for other preventive measures to ensure our children’s’ safety in this time of global insecurity. Schools will open in more sanitary conditions, and graduations will not be delayed. We cannot fault them for erring on the side of caution, and I urge our community to come together in support of this decision. MOE, PCAA, and the rest of our education community are working on solutions to support parents, students, and families affected by these closures. We will inform the public as soon as further details become available.

These developments will certainly create new challenges, but I hope that they will also bring some measure of calm. With these expected flight suspensions, the threat of infected persons arriving in Palau is now drastically reduced. With today’s decision by our Ministry of Education, we can now rest assured that our children will not be endangered at school.

Our health, public safety, and emergency response officials are on the job. Government travel has been suspended, so we will have all-hands-on deck here in Palau. The Olbiil Era Kelulau has ensured adequate funding of MoH emergency operations and medial procurements. The OEK has also made initial reserve funding authorizations, and I am confident that they will continue to properly fund government services.

It is time, for all of us, to move out of “emergency” mode and settle down for the long road ahead. The impact of COVID-19 on our Republic will be severe, there is no sugar-coating that. But this is a situation that will continue to unfold over the coming weeks and months. It cannot be avoided by panicked actions, or addressed by rush decisions.

With international arrivals winding down, with our children safe at home, and with professional response plans in the works for each phase of this crisis, we must try to maintain some normalcy. We must continue to work, to play, to spend time with our families, and to support our local businesses. We must avoid rash, unhelpful behaviors like panic-buying and rumor-spreading, and we must look out for our friends, our families, and our neighbors.

With emergency provisions in place we must now look to the health of our community, our society, and our economy. It is not only the sick who are hurting from this crisis.

Sincerely,
/S/
Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
President of the Republic of Palau

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My Palauan boyfriend is in the process of buying a house here in the US and trying to explain his status to the loan company is frustrating. They want proof of work authorization which he has never needed. What can he do to fox this and explain properly and provide any sort of documentation if need be? He's been in the US for almost 2 decades and has never had a problem with this.
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My Palauan boyfriend has been living and working in the US for 2 decades. He is here under the Compact of Free Association and has the I-94 on his passport. He wants to get a loan to buy a house and they are giving him grief on not having a visa. What status should he give? Is he a resident alien? We cannot find any information as to what his exact classification is. Please advise!