Latest News: Brunei government temporarily suspends entry for foreign nationals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka because of COVID-19 concerns (Xinhua, 18.05.2021).
*Entry to Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. Anyone seeking to enter or exit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least 8 working days before the intended date of travel. See the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office website for further information, or contact the Brunei High Commission.
Brunei has announced that travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel. You should arrange to take a private test. Brunei continues to enforce an exit travel ban, including for permanent residents, and expatriate workers (green identity card holders), and their dependants. Exceptions will be considered by the Prime Minister’s Office on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must apply online, giving 3 working days’ notice of the intention to travel. Full details are available on the Prime Minister’s Office website.
As of 6 April 2021, Brunei has banned any cross-border entry of travellers via land and sea ports, including transits through Brunei except for entry and transit travels that have been granted approval by the government. You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information.
*Quarantine requirements: If the government of Brunei permits you entry, you will need to go into quarantine on arrival at a government designated facility (usually a local hotel). Travellers are responsible for booking directly with hoteliers and must secure your accommodation before arrival. Currently quarantine is between 2 and 14 days. Travellers will be informed of the duration of quarantine on arrival and will need to cover the cost of their stay in their designated quarantine facility.
Testing/screening on arrival: Brunei has announced that travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel. All foreigners must pay $350 BND for a COVID-19 test before they depart on their journey to Brunei. Travellers should carry proof of payment with them when checking in for their flight to Brunei.
You should ensure that you have the means to pay for your hotel in Brunei for the duration of your quarantine period. Immigration Control Posts at Brunei’s land borders are operating shortened hours from 6am and last call at 4pm. There are health and temperature screening measures at borders. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.
*Data collection: On arrival in Brunei, you will be encouraged to download the BruHealth app. Failure to use the app may result in you not being able to access a number of day-to-day facilities.
*Public places and services: There has been no community transmission of COVID-19 in Brunei since May 2020. The government of Brunei has strict procedures in place for visitors to all public areas. The public can expect to have their temperature taken, electronically, and must check-in to business premises and government offices using the BruHealth App. Mosques and other places of worship are open. Restaurants cafes, schools and other services are operating normally. All public areas have a limit of permitting up to 1,000 people. Travellers should check the Brunei Ministry of Health for up to date guidance, policy on travel to/from Brunei and details on how to download and use the BruHealth app.