Health Alert (COVID-19 Update #4) – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Location:  Brunei

Event:  The Brunei Ministry of Health confirmed 78 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

The Government of Brunei Darussalam has implemented additional enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 20, the government requires all passengers entering Brunei through Brunei International Airport to undergo immediate isolation for 14 days at a designated monitoring center.  This applies to all passengers, regardless of nationality or purpose of travel.  Additionally, with the exception of Bruneian citizens and residents, Brunei has barred admission to travelers who have recently visited Iran, the PRC’s Hubei province, and all European countries, including the United Kingdom.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  Royal Brunei Airlines has announced that beginning March 23, it will suspend most of its routes until April 30, with limited service continuing to Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Manila.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

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 travelapplication@jpm.gov.bn 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.  Visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health for the latest information on these new measures.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

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