Health Alert (COVID-19 Update #6) – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (March 26, 2020)

Location:  Brunei

Event:  The Brunei Ministry of Health has confirmed 109 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

The British High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan has announced that it is coordinating with Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) on a one-time commercial flight to London—likely the last flight from Brunei to the United Kingdom while current restrictions remain in place.  The flight details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Departure time: 11:40 p.m.
  • Fare: BND $1,250.00
  • Baggage entitlement: 30kg

If you are interested in taking this flight, please email both UKinBrunei@fco.gov.uk and ConsularBrunei@state.gov as soon as possible with your name, passport number, and mobile phone number.  The British High Commission will relay this information to RBA, and RBA will handle payment and ticketing.  We cannot guarantee seat availability on this flight, and passengers on the flight will be subject to Bruneian exit and UK entry requirements; passengers planning to continue onward to the United States will be responsible for their own travel arrangements from London and will be subject to U.S. entry requirements.

Royal Brunei Airlines has suspended most of its routes until April 30, with limited service continuing to Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Manila.  Please note that Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines have all enacted policies barring most foreign citizens from entering or transiting via their airports.  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 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.

The Government of Brunei Darussalam has implemented additional enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 24, the government barred all foreign citizens from entering or transiting Brunei by air, land, or sea.  Inquiries about this policy may be directed to the Brunei Department of Immigration and National Registration at info@immigration.gov.bn.

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.  On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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