Date 01/14/2014

Drugs.

  1. Drugs for Personal Use. Drugs may be brought into the Republic in reasonable
    quantities for personal use only if:
    • The drug is an identifiable legal non-prescription drug; or
    • The drug is a prescription drug carried by the individual to whom it
      is prescribed or a dependent thereof
  2. Drugs for Resale. Drugs may be imported into the Republic for commercial use
    only if:
    • The drug is an identifiable legal non-prescription drug; or
    • The  drug  is  a  prescription  drug  being  imported  by  a  licensed
      pharmacy; or
    • The drug has been authorized for import by the Minister of Health or
      his  designee  in  writing,  a  copy  of  which  shall  be  provided  to  the
      Division of Customs.
  3. Detention of Drugs. All drugs entering the Republic not meeting the criteria of
    Subsections  4.7.1  or  4.7.2  shall  be  detained.  Customs  Officers  shall  have
    reasonable discretion in the preliminary drug identification process.
    • All  detained  drugs  shall  be  taken  by  Customs  Officers  within  48
      hours  to  the  Belau  National  Hospital  Pharmacy  for  inspection.  A
      written receipt shall be issued to the party from whom said drugs are
      detained. However, in the event a passenger arriving in Palau for a
      stay of no longer than 48 hours and from whom drugs are detained as
      not  being  authorized  for  import  under  Palau  law,  but  for  which
      possession of such drugs is not otherwise illegal, said drugs may be
      returned to the passenger upon his or her departure unless otherwise
      directed by the Ministry of Health.
    • If, upon inspection, the pharmacist determines that the drugs do not
      meet the criteria of Subsections 4.7.1 or 4.7.2, such drugs shall be
      disposed of pursuant to Ministry of Health Rules and Regulations.
    • If,  upon  inspection,  the  type  or  category  of  the  drug  in  question
      cannot be determined, the pharmacist, in his or her discretion, shall
      either:
      • Order that the drugs be disposed of pursuant to Ministry
        of Health Rules and Regulations, or
      • Return  such  drugs,  through  Customs,  upon  the
        passenger's  departure.  Where  drugs  are  to  be  returned,
        the Pharmacist shall fill out the 'Release of Confiscated
        Pharmaceuticals' form.
      • Any  medicines  not  prescribed  or  labeled  in  English  is
        detained pending further inquiries and transferred to the
        Palau National Hospital.