Health Alert (COVID-19 Update #2) – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (March 17, 2020)

Location:  Brunei, countrywide

Event:  On March 16, the Ministry of Health announced 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

The government of Brunei Darussalam has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 16, citizens, permanent residents, and other residents of Brunei, including foreign citizens who hold green identity cards, require approval from the Prime Minister’s Office in order to leave the country.  This policy does not apply to tourists or other visitors who do not hold Brunei-government-issued identity cards.  Residents may apply for permission to leave the country by emailing and including scanned copies of any relevant documents.  Please see the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for more information.

Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. With the exception of Bruneian citizens and permanent residents, Brunei has barred admission to travelers who have recently visited Iran, Italy, and the PRC’s Hubei, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu provinces. Visit the website of the Ministry of Health for information on these new measures.

Actions to Take:


  • U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei                                                                                         Simpang 336-52-16-9, Jalan Duta                                                                                                                  Bandar Seri Begawan BC 4115                                                                                                                    Brunei Darussalam                                                                                                                                                  Phone:  +673-238–4616 ext. 2100                                                                                                              Email:
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