Palau officially reopens tourism, awaits first flight from Taiwan

Taiwan-Palau travel bubble touted to be the world's model of safe travel

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meet in Taipei to strengthen the ties between their nations. Photo courtesy of the Office of Palau President

Koror-- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen said the Palau-Taiwan travel bubble, which is being launched today, "can show the world that this model of safe travel will be feasible.”

The first flight to Palau, which brings 110 Taiwanese tourists aboard China Airlines, is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

The initial border reopening allows two flights a week. If proven successful, the frequency will increase gradually toward the 16-flights-a-week target.

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. is in Taiwan, making his pitch to encourage tourists to visit the tiny nation known for its underwater wonders and pristine waters.

On Tuesday, Whipps and his delegation met with Tsai to bolster the two nations' relationship amid the pandemic and increasing threat of China in the region.

Tsai said she can personally attest to the beauty of Palau and encouraged Taiwanese travelers to consider the Covid-free nation as their destination.