COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: October 22, 2021

*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Brunei Ministry of Health has confirmed 11,542 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Operasi Pulih, the movement control measures have been extended to October 31, 2021  The public is required to be at their residences every night from 8pm to 4am.
  • Face masks are mandatory at all times in all indoor and outdoor spaces.  Visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health or access BruHealth app for more information to the restrictions.
  • Effective August 1, 2021, citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam applying for exit-travel applications from the Prime Minister’s Office to exit the country must had completed the vaccination process (2 doses) before exiting the country.  Visit the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for details.
  • RBA has suspended most of its routes until March 26, 2022, with limited scheduled service continuing to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, and Singapore only.  Please contact RBA and Singapore Airlines (SIA) for details and booking information and note the following:
    • Hong Kong: Hong Kong has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering via its airport.  Hong Kong aviation authorities announced that beginning on June 15, 2020, “passengers can use Hong Kong International Airport for transit/transfer on flights operated by different airlines under the same air ticket, provided that the passengers have checked through at the origin port with their boarding passes printed and baggage tagged-through to the final destination. Passengers should also confirm in advance that they are able to enter the final destination.”  Please check with your airlines to ensure that your intended itinerary meets these requirements.
    • Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering the country, but direct international transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport to destinations with connecting service to the United States remains possible.  Lodging options for transit passengers within the airport are available with advance reservations; please see the Kuala Lumpur International Airport website for more information.
    • London: Travelers arriving in London directly from Brunei will not be subject to the UK’s self-isolation requirement provided their COVID-19 test result taken on or before day 2 of arrival is negative.
    • Manila: The Philippine government has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering or transiting via its airports.
    • Melbourne: The government of the Australian state of Victoria has enacted temporary measures that prohibit passengers from flying into Melbourne Airport.  When it is again possible to fly to Melbourne, Australia has travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering the country, but direct international transit via Melbourne Airport to destinations with connecting service to the United States may be possible under certain conditions.  Please see the website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs for more information.
    • Singapore: Singapore has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering.  Transit may be possible for travelers from Brunei using Singapore Airlines.  Prospective travelers are advised to consult with Singapore Airlines about transit permission through Singapore.  The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) travel agreement with Singapore has been resumed to facilitate essential business and official travel effective July 12, 2021.  From September 8, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers departing from Brunei may enter Singapore without the need to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN) under a new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement.  Visit the website of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) for more information.
  • The Embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options now, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuation flights if commercial flights become unavailable.  Also, evacuation flights are not free-of-charge and are, in fact, frequently more expensive than currently available commercial travel.
  • The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Brunei?  Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes.
  • Members of the public who need to undergo a swab test for any reason are advised to go to the Sports Complex, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, or other health centers where testing is provided.  The testing fee for foreigners is BND $200.  More information is available here.  Test results will be delivered through SMS.
  • For more information, contact Brunei’s Health Advice Line 148, available 24 hours daily, or visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health.  148 line is also available on WhatsApp and Telegram.
  • Members of the public may also contact Brunei Red Crescent (BRC) COVID-19 Help Desk Lines 8260320, 8260360, 8260370, 8260390, and 8260420, available from 8:30am to 6:30pm daily.  The BRC lines are the supporting line for BruHealth and 148, which is also available on WhatsApp.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Brunei approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Brunei Darussalam for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Brunei Darussalam?  Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Moderna while the Pfizer-BioNTech is expected at a later date.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge to citizens and residents residing in Brunei Darussalam.  Visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health for information to Brunei Darussalam Vaccination Strategy.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  No.
    • Effective September 15, 2020, foreign citizens who meet certain requirements may enter Brunei for essential travel only.  All other foreign citizens are barred from entering or transiting Brunei by air, land, or sea.  Visit the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for the latest information.
    • Citizens, permanent residents, and other residents of Brunei, including foreign citizens who hold a green identity card, 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 Bruneian government-issued identity cards.  Residents may apply for permission to leave the country by completing an online application at the website of the Prime Minister’s Office.
    • Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little to no advance notice. Visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health for the latest information.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
    • Brunei International Airport implemented temperature screening requirements for all visitors. Temperature screening is also required at all land and sea-based points of entry into Brunei.
  • Extensions of social visits, professional visits, or business visits while already in Brunei can be made directly with the Visa, Visit and Diplomatic Section, Department of Immigration and National Registration.  Visit the website of the Department of Immigration and National Registration for more information.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes.                                                          
    • Effective from October 4 to October 17, the public are advised and required to be in their residences, from 8pm to 4am, to reduce movement.  Exceptions for emergencies, or critical frontline workers including shift workers.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.
    • The government has not restricted intercity or interstate travel.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.
    • The government requires all passengers arriving in Brunei through Brunei International Airport to undergo immediate isolation for up to 14 days at a designated monitoring center, as well as a COVID-19 test.  Foreign citizens arriving in Brunei must pay the cost of the quarantine accommodation and the test.  Quarantine accommodation information is available here, and a hardcopy will also be provided to travelers upon arrival at the airport.  The COVID-19 testing fee for foreigners who have been granted permission to enter the country is BND $350.  More information is available here.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • RBA has suspended most of its routes until March 26, 2022, with limited scheduled service continuing to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, and Singapore only.  Singapore Airlines offers flights from Brunei to Singapore.  Please contact RBA and Singapore Airlines for details and booking information.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Members of the public caught violating the Operasi Pulih movement control measures will be fined BND $500 per person for each offence.
  • Any violation or breach of the Digital Quarantine Order directive, a new BruHealth application feature which came into effect on August 13, 2021, is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204, which upon conviction can be fined up to BND $5,000.
  • Any individual who fails to comply with the directive for wearing face mask will be liable to a compound fine of BND $100 under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 Section 62A.
  • Foreign citizens who do not comply with Brunei’s quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements, an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 Section 62A, may be liable for a fine up to BND $10,000 or imprisonment for a period of up to six months, or both.
  • Any individual found to be in violation of Brunei’s social distancing requirements, an offense under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204, may be liable for a compound fine up to BND $5,000, or they may be prosecuted in court with a fine up to BND $10,000 or imprisonment up to six months, or both.
  • Section 71 under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 allows for the Director-General of Health Services to compound offences under the Act.  Compound rates for offences under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 is available here.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan has resumed routine passport and citizenship services.  These services are available by appointment only.
  • U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan has resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services.  These services are available by appointment only.

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