U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Focuses on Cooperative Partnership During Brunei Visit

Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, concluded his three-day visit to Brunei Darussalam on August 9. The visit was focused on enhancing security cooperation between the United States and Brunei for the mutual benefit of both countries and in defense of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. On August 8, Admiral …

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Statement on the Visit of Counselor Chollet to Brunei

State Department Counselor Derek Chollet paid an official visit to Brunei on June 12-13. The Counsellor, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Caryn McClelland, met with several government officials and civil society leaders during his short trip to the sultanate. On June 12, Counselor Chollet met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs II The Honorable Dato Seri …

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Brunei’s first Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Graduation

The first Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) hosted a graduation ceremony on Thursday, 9 June at the VIP Hall located at Rizqun International Hotel, for candidate who have successfully completed the AWE program and to announce the top three women owned businesses that will each receive USD3,000 in seed funding. This event also marks the …

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Attorney General’s Chamber Official Completes International Visitor Leadership Program on Human Trafficking

The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce that Aminudin Zaki Dato Abdul Rahman, Deputy Senior Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Chambers, has successfully completed an International Visitor Leadership Program on combating trafficking in persons. Zaki was one of 29 law enforcement officers from across the globe to participate in the …

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AdvocaSEA Camp empowers youths to be changemakers in environmental conservation

The AdvocaSEA Camp concluded on Friday, March 4, 2022 with a closing ceremony held at Parkview Hotel with U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Jeff Barrus in attendance as the guest of honor. The five-day event camp was organized by Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) Brunei with support from the U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan through its …

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FACT SHEET: Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States

  FEBRUARY 11, 2022 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS READ THE FULL STRATEGY HERE “We envision an Indo-Pacific that is open, connected, prosperous, resilient, and secure—and we are ready to work together with each of you to achieve it.” President Joe Biden East Asia Summit October 27, 2021 The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic strides to restore American leadership in the Indo-Pacific and adapt …

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Diplomats for a Day

On Friday, February 4, a group including Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) members organized by U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna and Brunei Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa Ash’ari, participated in a courtesy call and discussion with Chargé d’Affaires Emily Fleckner. The socially-distanced event took place at the U.S. Embassy and was …

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USS Jackson makes port of call to Brunei

The USS JACKSON of the United States Navy (USN) made a logistics port of call to Brunei Darussalam from 14th – 16th January 2022. Along with the visit, the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and USN have successfully conducted the Passage Exercise (PASSEX), on 13th January 2022, between KDB DARUTTAQWA and USS JACKSON. All planning and coordination meetings for the PASSEX was …

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U.S. Embassy hosts virtual training on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Prevention 

The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam concluded a two-day virtual training on human trafficking prevention today for more than 40 Bruneian investigators, prosecutors, police officers, and government employees involved in the fight against TIP. The virtual training was held January 12-13 in commemoration of U.S. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, …

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One-Day Testing Requirement for All International Air Travelers Destined for the United States

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (December 7, 2021) Location:  Worldwide Event: Effective 12:01 EST December 6, all air travelers aged two and above will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 …

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Enroll in or Update Your Information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (November 24, 2021) Location:  Brunei Event:  Enroll in or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan is conducting an annual verification of STEP enrollments.  Please log in to your STEP account to verify that your profile, phone numbers, email …

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“A Hero’s Journey” Essay Writing Contest

In conjunction with International Education Week (November 15 – 20, 2021), the Embassy of the United States of America and the Brunei English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) are pleased to announce an essay writing contest themed “A Hero’s Journey” for Year 7 – Year 10 Bruneian students in all schools in Brunei Darussalam. Deadline for …

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Travel Advisory – Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (November 2, 2021) Location:  Worldwide Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant …

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Welcoming Brunei’s first cohort for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bandar Seri Begawan and Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) announced the first cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in Brunei today. The 30 women selected will participate for up to six months in a facilitated training and mentoring program designed to help them start and grow their …

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Brunei businesswomen invited to join first Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Apply for Academy for Women Entrepreneurs   The U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan is partnering with Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) to launch the global Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program in Brunei for the first time in October.   AWE will provide fully-sponsored training and mentoring for several months to women starting up their own businesses through an online training platform called DreamBuilder. The DreamBuilder program was designed by Arizona State University’s  Thunderbird School of Global Management  of Arizona State University as an online entrepreneurship training program …

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Pre-Departure Orientation for U.S.-Bound Students

The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam, through its EducationUSA advising service, held a pre-departure orientation for all U.S.-bound students on June 4, 2021 at the Mawar Satu Hall in Mulia Hotel Brunei in Kg. Anggerek Desa. About 50 scholarship and self-funded students who are preparing to travel to the United …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON May 3, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan Yusof on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministerial in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister II Erywan reaffirmed our countries’ longstanding friendship and cooperation and discussed issues …

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Local Journalist Completes 2020 IVLP Program

The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce that Norazlan Othman, a journalist with the Borneo Bulletin, has successfully completed a 2020 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Othman was one of 10 journalists across East-Asia Pacific and South Central Asia regions to …

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Ready to Vote?

November 3, 2020 is Election Day.  Are you ready to vote?   All overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.   Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot …

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The Enduring U.S. Commitment to ASEAN

PRESS STATEMENT SECRETARY OF STATE, MICHAEL R. POMPEO SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 America has long been a friend to ASEAN countries. At the ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ meeting recently, I reaffirmed U.S. support for ASEAN’s role at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy share a respect for …

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Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to educate and provide skills training to the people of Southeast Asia.  YSEALI is open to young people from all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, …

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The 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 6, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 53rd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on August 8.  …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 4, 2020 The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan Yusof.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. support for Southeast Asian coastal states upholding their sovereign rights and interests under international law and stressed U.S. …

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[Fact Sheet] U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19

For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts American Bluegrass Band as Arts Envoys

From November 18 to 20, 2019, U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan hosted American bluegrass band the Henhouse Prowlers as Arts Envoys to Brunei. The Henhouse Prowlers are a quartet from Chicago that has performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of State since 2013 as “bluegrass ambassadors” to share the universal language and common love of music. They have …

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Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Appointment Interviews

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, …

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Two Bruneians Selected as 2019 IVLP Participants

The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the latest participants for the 2019 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) , the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Mr. Christopher Ng Ming Yew, Deputy Senior Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and Ms. Dk. Kemariah binti Pg. Haji Duraman, Owner of Kunyit7 Lodge …

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Ministry of Defense Official Selected for the 2018 IVLP

The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the latest participant in the 2018 International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Ms. Mazveen Kaur Saggu, Executive Officer at the Ministry of Defense, will visit the United States from September 24 to October …

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Opportunity to Organize YSEALI Regional Workshop

U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan is announcing an open competition for organizations to submit applications to develop and implement a three-day 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation Workshop: Advancing Gender Equality, pending the availability of funds. Under the theme of Civic Engagement, this workshop will include both men and women seeking to identify …

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2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program Awardee

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bandar Seri Begawan is pleased to announce that the 2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program recipient is Awangku Muhammad Aizat Pengiran Yasmin. Ak. Aizat will begin a two-year graduate study program at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in Illinois in August. Chargé d’Affaires Scott E. Woodard, recently …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 242nd Independence Day

U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen hosted a celebration of the 242nd Independence Day of the United States on July 3 at the Royal Berkshire Hall at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong. Highlighting creativity and progress, the Ambassador’s remarks focused on the theme of “American Innovation” from the Declaration of Independence …

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Third U.S.-Brunei Senior Officials’ Dialogue

The United States and Brunei Darussalam held their Third Senior Officials’ Dialogue on June 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton led the U.S. delegation, which included representatives and experts from various U.S. government agencies.  Bruneian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Dato …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Alumni Reception

On Friday, May 11, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Craig Allen, hosted an alumni event at his residence attended by more than 80 alumni of U.S. government exchange programs from Brunei Darussalam. The event brought together alumni from various exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the Southeast Asian …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Let’s Go America! Community College Fair

On September 30, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and EducationUSA hosted the fourth Let’s Go America! showcase which featured the first U.S. Community College Fair, held in the Mutiara Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel. This year’s Let’s Go America! showcase included representatives from seven U.S. community colleges which offer accessible and affordable …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Alumni Conference and Networking Reception

On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan organized an Alumni Conference and Networking Reception at the Radisson Hotel, as part of its annual ‘Let’s Go America!’ event. Now in its fourth year, ‘Let’s Go America!’ is an annual public diplomacy initiative organized by the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan to …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts U.S. Speaker Program and Workshop on Responsible Journalism

The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan hosted a speaker program and workshop on September 13 and 14, 2017, for local media and media students on Responsible Journalism with U.S. speaker, Dr. Deni Elliot.  The two-day workshop was held at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Radisson Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan. Dr. Elliot is …

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EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation for U.S.-Bound Students

On May 19, the U.S. Embassy’s academic advising service, EducationUSA, hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for students in Brunei Darussalam who plan to study in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year. The orientation was held at Collective Art Events in Gadong. The PDO assisted students in preparing for their move from Brunei to the …

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U.S Embassy Hosts YSEALI GenerationGR3EN Workshop

The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan recently organized the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation GR3EN Workshop which was held February 25 to February 28, 2017. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and funded through a Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam to AGREA for administration of …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts 2017 U.S. Higher Education Fair

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and EducationUSA hosted the fourth major U.S. Higher Education Fair in the Songket Hall of the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong. The U.S. Higher Education Fair also took place the following day on February 9 at Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali (SMSA) in Kuala Belait. …

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Year’s End Holiday Message by U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Craig B. Allen

Season’s Greetings from the U.S. Embassy! As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to reflect on U.S.-Brunei relations over the past year.  We thank the His Majesty the Sultan, the Government of Brunei Darussalam and all Bruneians for friendship, warm hospitality and commitment to advancing peace and cooperation.  This …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts ‘Let’s Go America!’ Showcase

October 28, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan held its third annual public diplomacy event, “Let’s Go America!” on October 28-30 at the Times Square Shopping Center in Jalan Berakas. The three-day event showcased higher education opportunities, travel information, cultural exhibitions, and information on doing business in the United States.  Let’s Go America! featured …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 240th Independence Day of the United States of America

September 21, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen hosted an event to celebrate the 240th Independence Day of the United States with the theme of “Celebrating America: The Birthplace of Jazz.” The event was held in the Indera Samudra Hall at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Jerudong. The Independence Day …

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EducationUSA Holds Interactive Session with Career Teachers

September 8, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy’s academic advising office, EducationUSA, hosted their annual EducationUSA Interactive Session for career teachers and school counselors. The event was held at Mutiara Hall in the Radisson Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan, and provided updates on trends in Higher Education in the United States, as well as key info on …

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U.S. Embassy Selects Ministry of Defense Official as IVLP Participant for 2016

August 16, 2016 – The Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the latest participant in the 2016 International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Commander Sonny Iskandar Rasani, Commanding Officer of KDB Darussalam in the Royal Brunei Navy, will visit the …

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Message from U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Craig Allen In Conjunction with His Majesty’s 70th Birthday Celebration

July 15, 2016 – “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, it is my great honor to offer best wishes and congratulations to His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, on the occasion of His Majesty’s seventieth birthday. As the United States Ambassador to …

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EducationUSA Holds Pre-Departure Orientation for U.S.-Bound Students

June 3, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy’s academic advising service, EducationUSA, hosted a pre-departure orientation for students in Brunei Darussalam who will attend universities in the United States this August. The event was held at The Collective Makerspace in Gadong. The orientation was held to prepare and advise students and parents on what to expect …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates with Brunei Alumni of U.S. Exchange Programs

April 29, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan hosted a gala networking event for alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The event took place at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong. Through its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Department of State runs more than …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts 2016 U.S. Higher Education Fair

February 29, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and EducationUSA hosted the third major U.S. Higher Education Fair in the Songket Hall of the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong. The U.S. Higher Education Fair featured representatives from 13 U.S. universities and colleges with diverse educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate (post-graduate) …

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