Land and sea borders are currently closed. Brunei only allows inbound travel by fully vaccinated passengers (see Demonstrating your COVID-19 status below for definition of fully vaccinated).
All travellers into Brunei must;
- be fully vaccinated with two doses unless they can show proof of a medical exemption from having the COVID-19 vaccination (under 18s travelling with a group of all vaccinated adults will follow the vaccinated protocols). Please see “Demonstrating your COVID-19 status” below for new definition after 31 October 2022.
- submit an E-Health Arrival Declaration form on the PMO travel portal no more than 24 hours prior to departure.
- If unvaccinated, make payment for the relevant post arrival COVID-19 tests depending on your vaccination or recovery status and obtain a payment receipt which states the name and passport number of the traveller
Travellers will no longer need a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter Brunei.
Foreign nationals entering Brunei for a short visit (less than 90 days) are required to obtain Travel Insurance with COVID-19 medical coverage (a minimum of $20,000 BND). Foreign nationals entering for the purpose of employment, studying or as eligible dependent are exempted from this requirement.
You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information.
If you’re fully-vaccinated
From 15 June 2022, a fully vaccinated traveller is no longer required to obtain a pre-departure swab test (RT-PCR or an Antigen Rapid Test (ART)) and is no longer required to undergo ART testing and self-isolate upon arrival.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
To enter Brunei, a traveller is considered fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of a vaccine that has received WHO emergency use listing (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson). From 1 November 2022 a traveller will only be considered fully vaccinated if they have had a booster shot or received their second dose not more than three (3) months prior. Travellers who are not fully-vaccinated are only permitted to enter Brunei if they can verify that they are medically exempted from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
Brunei will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
Travellers who are not fully-vaccinated are only permitted to enter Brunei if they can verify that they are medically exempted from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. They are required to take an ART at home on the day of their arrival (Day 1) and a RT-PCR test on Day 3 at an accredited private clinic. They are also required to undergo self-isolation for three days and until a negative RT-PCR result is obtained. Travellers will be charged $100 BND before travelling for both ART and RT-PCR. COVID-19 recovered travellers are only required to perform the ART upon arrival and are exempted from the mandatory self-isolation.
Travellers who have recently had COVID
Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not have to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test and will only have to take one ART on arrival at home or their hotel. They must have a certificate as proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days will be exempted from undergoing mandatory self-isolation.
The BruHealth app may still be used in Brunei to enter public buildings and events where you need to scan a QR code. For unvaccinated travellers, you may still need to use the app to record test results, record your health status on a daily basis and receive your Day 3 RT-PCR swab test results..
Exceptions will be considered by the Prime Minister’s Office on a case-by-case basis. You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information and their contact details.
Children and young people
Under 18s travelling with a group of all vaccinated adults will follow the vaccinated protocols. See ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’.
If you’re transiting through Brunei
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
Check with your airline before departing.
Travellers exiting Brunei (to any destination) no longer require a travel permit. Citizens and residents from 12 years and above, who wish to travel are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered not more than 3 months prior to departure or have received a booster dose. Unvaccinated passengers will only be permitted to travel if they have a certificate of medical exemption from vaccination or of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Brunei citizens and permanent residents are required to obtain a Travel Medical Insurance with COVID-19 coverage (a minimum coverage of $20,000 BND) valid for the entire duration of their travel.
Land borders will remain closed until at least 31 July 2022 and crossing will require a special permit. You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information.
Land and sea travel
From 15 June 2022, the land and sea borders will be opened for essential travel only as listed on the Prime Minister’s Office website. Approval will be required before travelling.
From 1 August 2022, the Brunei government intends to fully reopen land and sea borders, but this depends on the situation in country nearer the time.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
British Citizen passport holders may enter Brunei for up to 90 days without a visa. If you have another type of British nationality, check with Brunei immigration authorities about visa requirements.
Make sure the entry stamp in your passport indicates the validity of your stay. There are strict penalties for overstaying.
If you’re staying longer than 90 days and/or visiting for non-tourist purposes, you will need to get a visa from the nearest Brunei diplomatic mission before you travel.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brunei.
Brunei does not recognise dual nationality. You can be refused entry if you’re found to be holding two passports of different nationality. If you’re a dual national, it’s advisable to enter Brunei on the passport on which you exited your last country of departure. While in Brunei your nationality will be deemed to be that shown on the passport which you used to enter the country. This may affect the consular assistance that you receive in Brunei.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.