Palau will be canceling scheduled flights to the island starting next week while it sets up a quarantine facility and protocols for handling arriving passengers to the islands.
United Airlines has a scheduled flight today to pick up outbound passengers but next week’s flight on April 2 will be canceled.
According to Palau’s Minister of Public Infrastructure Charles Obichang, this would allow the government to start setting up the quarantine facility and protocols and obtain the COVID-19 test kits to ensure that it can safely handle arriving passengers and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Once these are established, the ministry will contact United Airlines to discuss the procedures on handling the scheduled flights starting April 9.
In a letter addressed to United Airlines, Palau’s Minister of Public Infrastructure thanked the airline for providing an essential service to Palau by continuing cargo services and limited passenger service to the island nation.