Getting Started

U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan is committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Brunei Darussalam.  This section provides information including business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools, for current and potential investors in Brunei Darussalam.

In this section, you will find a quick description of Brunei Darussalam as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

  1. Read the latest Country Commercial Guide for Brunei Darussalam to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.
  2. Review the 2016 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers to learn more about significant foreign barriers to U.S. Exports.
  3. Visit the export.gov webpage on Doing Business in Brunei to learn about our Partner Post program with Embassy Singapore and the paid Services for U.S. Exporters.
  4. Examine the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service’s Exporter Guide (PDF 1.25 MB) to learn more about commodity and trade issues in the agricultural sector.
  5. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library for more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

    The Library Includes:

    • Country Commercial Guides
    • Industry Overviews*
    • Market Updates*
    • Multilateral Development Bank Reports*
    • Best Markets*
    • Industry/Regional Reports*
  6. Contact the Commercial Specialist at U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan with your specific questions or to discuss services that might fit your company’s needs.
  7. Find a Trade Specialist at your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Brunei Darussalam.
  8. Get in touch with your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for access to an array of technical assistance programs for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  9. Visit the Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Darussalam Enterprise and the Brunei Economic Development Board.
  10. Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.

Current Exporters: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. exporter to Brunei Darussalam, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch.  Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  1. Register with the Embassy – If you are active in Brunei Darussalam, let us know by sending an email to the Commercial Specialist at U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan.
  2. Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
  3. Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.
  4. On your next visit, set up a meeting with our economic and commercial team to discuss any issues that arise.

 

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Brunei Darussalam.

Potential Investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Brunei Darussalam, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  1. Read the latest Investment Climate Statement for Brunei Darussalam to understand the investment climate and relevant issues and policies affecting investors.
  2. Review the 2016 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers to learn more about significant foreign barriers to U.S. Exports.
  3. Visit the export.gov webpage on Doing Business in Brunei to learn about our Partner Post program with Embassy Singapore and the paid Services for U.S. Exporters.
  4. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library for more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

The Library Includes:

  • Country Commercial Guides
  • Industry Overviews
  • Market Updates
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
  • Best Markets
  • Industry/Regional Reports
  1. Contact the Commercial Specialist at U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan with your specific questions or to discuss services that might fit your company’s needs.
  2. Visit the Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Darussalam Enterprise and the Brunei Economic Development Board.
  3. Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.

Current Investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Brunei Darussalam, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  1. Register with the Embassy – If you are active in Brunei Darussalam, let us know by sending an email to the Commercial Specialist at U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan.
  2. Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
  3. Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.
  4. On your next visit, set up a meeting with our economic and commercial team to discuss any issues that arise.

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Brunei Darussalam, visit the website of the Brunei Embassy in Washington, DC.  U.S. Citizens with a valid U.S. passport with at least six months before expiry can generally enter Brunei Darussalam for business or tourism without needing a visa for a stay of 90 days or less, but always check the requirements listed on the website for more information.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department country information for Brunei Darussalam.  This website includes the latest information on entry restrictions, safety and security, local laws, health, and contacts information and other tips for travelers.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving, or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges.  The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the United States to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statute.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but the U.S. Department of Justice publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found here (PDF 24 KB).