COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: May 16, 2022

*** Effective 12:01 EST December 6, all inbound air travelers aged two or older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR, antigen, or certain at-home tests) taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 days. Rapid antigen tests and proctored home tests are acceptable for travel, and requirements can be found on the CDC website. U.S. persons must provide to airlines an attestation of their negative test status as well as information to aid in contact tracing efforts. Non-U.S. person, nonimmigrant travelers must comply with these requirements and also attest to their vaccination status.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Brunei Ministry of Health has confirmed 144, 659 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
  • The Early Endemic Phase has been extended until May 31, 2022.
  • Effective immediately, outdoor masking is no longer mandatory but still encouraged in crowded places and remains mandatory indoors.
  • Effective May 6, 2022, Travel Green Lane categorization is removed. Travelers are no longer required to apply for the Entry or Exit Travel Permit from the Prime Minister’s Office to enter or exit the country. Brunei visa and immigration pass is still required for foreign nationals who require it before entering.
  • All travelers entering or exiting Brunei must be fully vaccinated with booster shot, or have received the second dose within the past 3 months (vaccinated travelers).
  • All travelers entering Brunei must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days or a negative certified ART test taken within one calendar day prior to departure.
  • All vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter or exit Brunei for non-essential travel.
  • All vaccinated travelers entering Brunei are only required to perform 3 ART tests (Day 1 of arrival, Day 2, and Day 3). RT-PCR testing and self-isolation upon arrival are no longer required. The fee for 3 ART tests is BND $40.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of medical exemption and are required to undergo ART upon arrival, RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival and self-isolation until the negative RT-PCR result is attained. The fee for ART and RT-PCR tests is BND $100.
  • From May 16, 2022, Brunei citizens or residents between the age of 12 to 17 years old, are required to be fully vaccinated with booster shot if they wish to exit the country.
  • Cross border travel by land and sea is still suspended.
  • The official digital certificate for recovered COVID-19 patients can be downloaded in BruHealth app starting March 24, 2022.
  • As of February 16, 2022, the ART has become the default COVID-19 testing for identifying infected individuals.
  • RBA has suspended most of its routes until June 30, 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 if they are arriving from outside mainland China. Travelers are allowed to transit through Hong Kong with restrictions.
    • Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has lifted most of its entry and movement restrictions on foreign nationals. Arriving travelers must fully comply with all Malaysian entry requirements. There is no quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers or any traveler age 17 or younger, unless they receive a positive test result on arrival. Foreign nationals may spend up to 24 hours in transit through Kuala Lumpur International Airports provided they are not required to pass through immigration while in transit. Transit passengers between KLIA and KLIA2 may be able to obtain COVID-19 testing while in transit via the health screening center within these terminals.
    • London: Travelers arriving in or transiting through the UK from any country regardless of vaccination status do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before travel, take any COVID-19 tests or quarantine when they arrive.
    • Manila: The Philippine government has implemented alert levels within component cities and municipalities. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public places.
    • Melbourne: The Australian government has announced changes to travel restrictions. All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration within 72 hours before departure. Foreign nationals transiting through Australia to another country do not need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight within 72 hours.
    • Singapore: Singapore has entered a transition phase of its reopening plan as of November 22, 2021. Border control measures were streamlined as of April 1, 2022. All eligible vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Singapore without prior VTL entry approval and without taking VTL-designated flights, and no post-arrival testing or quarantine is required.
  • 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.
  • Members of the public who need to undergo a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) may approach Brunei Ministry of Health approved ART Certification Center where testing is provided.
  • For more information, contact Brunei’s Health Advice Line 148 (within working hours), or email bruhealth.support@moh.gov.bn, 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, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
  • 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?  Yes.
    • Effective May 6, 2022, Travel Green Lane categorization is removed. Travelers are no longer required to apply for the Entry or Exit Travel Permit from the Prime Minister’s Office to enter or exit the country. Brunei visa and immigration pass is still required for foreign nationals who require it before entering.
    • All travelers entering or exiting Brunei must be fully vaccinated with booster shot, or have received the second dose within the past 3 months (vaccinated travelers).
    • All travelers entering Brunei must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days or a negative certified ART test taken within one calendar day prior to departure.
    • All vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter or exit Brunei for non-essential travel.
    • All vaccinated travelers entering Brunei are only required to perform 3 ART tests (Day 1 of arrival, Day 2, and Day 3). RT-PCR testing and self-isolation upon arrival are no longer required. The fee for 3 ART tests is BND $40.
    • Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of medical exemption and are required to undergo ART upon arrival, RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival and self-isolation until the negative RT-PCR result is attained. The fee for ART and RT-PCR tests is BND $100.
    • From May 16, 2022, Brunei citizens or residents between the age of 12 to 17 years old, are required to be fully vaccinated with booster shot if they wish to exit the country.
    • Cross border travel by land and sea is still suspended. 
    • Visit the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for the updated inbound and outbound travel guidelines and the travel FAQs.
    • All inbound and outbound travelers for a period of less than 90 days must provide proof of travel health insurance covering COVID-19 (minimum coverage of BND $50, 000) from their preferred insurance company before exiting or entering Brunei.
    • 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.
    • All travelers entering Brunei must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days or a negative certified ART test taken within one calendar day prior to departure.
    • All vaccinated travelers entering Brunei are only required to perform 3 ART tests (Day 1 of arrival, Day 2, and Day 3). RT-PCR testing and self-isolation upon arrival are no longer required. The fee for 3 ART tests is BND $40.
    • Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of medical exemption and are required to undergo ART upon arrival, RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival and self-isolation until the negative RT-PCR result is attained. The fee for ART and RT-PCR tests is BND $100.
    • Visit the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for more information regarding Brunei’s pre-departure testing requirements.
  • 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?  No.                                                          
    • The 12am to 4am stay at home directive ends on April 1, 2022.
  • 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?  No.
    • All vaccinated travelers entering Brunei are only required to perform 3 ART tests (Day 1 of arrival, Day 2, and Day 3). RT-PCR testing and self-isolation upon arrival are no longer required. The fee for 3 ART tests is BND $40.
    • Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of medical exemption and are required to undergo ART upon arrival, RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival and self-isolation until the negative RT-PCR result is attained. The fee for ART and RT-PCR tests is BND $100.

Transportation Options:

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Members of the public caught violating the stay at home directive will be fined BND $500 per person for each offence.
  • Any violation or breach of the BruHealth’s Digital Quarantine Order directive 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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