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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInbound• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.): All land and sea entry ports are closed until further notice. All four of Brunei’s immigration posts − Kuala Lurah (Brunei-Muara district), Labu, Ujong Jalan (both Temburong district) and Sungai Tujoh CIQ (Belait district) − remain closed for non-essential travel. Those entering Brunei via land borders for official or business purposes are required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test, taken within the seven days prior to arrival. Vehicles entering Brunei via land borders also must apply for 'Vehicle Pass Stickers' here: http://www.jpd.gov.bn/visitorpass/Home.aspx
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents (note: different groups of nationalities would be applicable for different regions around the world, e.g.: EU nationals for EUR, other regional groupings elsewhere): Allowed entry
• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals (including mention of any ‘fast track’ channels): Foreign nationals seeking to enter Brunei have to apply for an 'Entry Travel Pass'. Those eligible include essential business travellers, those on official business, students, those seeking medical treatment or other compassionate reasons. A separate visa is needed. Applications can be made through the 'Entry Travel Pass' portal by a sponsoring agency or family located in Brunei at (https://www.form.gov.bn/ETPA/Pages/ETP-Registration-Form.aspx).
• Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating: Entry and transit of inbound foreign nationals from and through Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka remain barred until at least 30 June.
• Exemptions: Citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals travelling for special purposes (approved by the Brunei government) are exempted from the measure.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test? All travellers allowed entry
• Type of test and timeframe: A negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure is needed.
• What information is required in the test result? According to the authorities, the test certificate must indicate 'RT-PCR' in order to be authenticated.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long? All exempted travellers are required to undergo COVID-19 testing and 14 days of self-isolation
• Where can this be done? At a designated monitoring centre or, under specific conditions, self-quarantine at home
• Traveller-incurred cost? Any foreign nationals who receive permission to travel into Brunei will also be required to pay BND1,000 for a COVID-19 test and for their cost of accommodation in an appointed isolation centre
• Additional tests in quarantine? Yes
• Exemptions: Brunei nationals and permanent residents may have a reduced quarantine period if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate valid within 72 hours upon arrival.
The health ministry will determine the quarantine period, which will be at a hotel and may be a period of between two to 14 days. A declaration needs to be submitted through an online portal at www.pmo.gov.bn/travelportal

(Until further notice)
Documentation required
• Visitor, student and dependant visas have been suspended.
(Until further notice)
OutboundBorder restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.): Travel to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is prohibited.
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents (note: different groups of nationalities would be applicable for different regions around the world, e.g.: EU nationals for EUR, other regional groupings elsewhere): Citizens and residents of Brunei, including other nationalities holding green identification cards, have been restricted from leaving the country, apart from those requiring urgent medical care, attending court hearings or resuming studies abroad. Such requests to leave the country must be approved by the Prime Minister’s Office.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test? None required by Brunei authorities; required as per destination’s requirements
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long? No quarantine required
(Until further notice)
Vaccine requirements

• Who needs to be vaccinated? Any traveller requiring approval to leave the country needs to be vaccinated from COVID-19.
• Type of vaccines recognised/accepted and timeframe since first/second dose: Not stated.

(Until further notice)
Other
• Any specific local rules? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticState of emergency
• Details and until when? None
(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
• Locations and timings: None
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Health Code Movement Clearance System
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type? No
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses? Health protocols required
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place: A mobile application ‘BruHealth’ assigns specific colour codes (green, yellow, red, blue and purple) to indicate the level of movement clearance for individual users to different premises. Green and yellow codes give permission to move freely, while users with red, blue and purple codes will not be allowed to access public spaces.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General: None
• Is mask wearing mandatory? No, but advised
• Schools: Operational
• Gatherings: Up to 1,000 people.
• Events: Must apply to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Other social distancing rules may apply depending on event type.
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsThe government is in discussion to create ‘travel bubbles’ with China and Malaysia, allowing the movement of essential travellers without quarantine requirements, more details can be expected in the coming weeks.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Brunei

COVID-19 information for Brunei

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Brunei is a safe travel destination. In general, crime against foreigners is unusual and the incidence of violent crime is low. Traffic accidents are a common cause of death and injury. Awareness of Islamic cultural sensitivities remains important in day-to-day dealings.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure that you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Brunei
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioTo enter Brunei, travellers arriving from
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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