COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: September 26, 2022

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Brunei Ministry of Health has confirmed 158, 394 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam as at June 21, 2022.
  • Effective June 22, 2022, the daily COVID-19 case numbers and total active cases will no longer be shared by Brunei Ministry of Health.
  • Effective September 15, 2022:
    • Entry and exit complete vaccination requirements will no longer be required.
    • Citizens and permanent residents of Brunei as well as foreign visitors will no longer be required to complete the Arrival Declaration Form (ADF).
    • Non-fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to undergo post-arrival COVID-19 test.
    • Travel health insurance covering COVID-19 (minimum coverage of BND $20, 000) is still required for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei intending to travel for a short trip and short-term inbound foreign visitors. The insurance must be valid for the duration of stay.
    • Using facemasks indoor or outdoor will be optional, except for individuals who are symptomatic, to enter health facilities (government or private), attending events (if required by organizers), and food handlers.
    • Land border control posts operating hours will be extended by 2 hours from 0600hrs to 2000hrs.
  • Effective June 15, 2022, BruHealth QR code scanning at premises will no longer be compulsory unless specifically requested by building management and event organizers.
  • Effective March 24, 2022, the official digital certificate for recovered COVID-19 patients can be downloaded in BruHealth App.
  • Effective February 16, 2022, ART test has become the default COVID-19 testing for identifying infected individuals.
  • Royal Brunei (RB) has resumed most of its routes with increasing scheduled service until March 25, 2023.
  • 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 RT-PCR or ART test may approach Brunei Ministry of Health approved RT-PCR and 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 hotline service through its nine active lines. 8260420, 8260430, 8260450, 8260460, and 8260590 offer support services and technical issues relating to BruHealth App while 8260320, 8260360, 8260370, and 8260390 attend to problems relating to Health Advice Line 148. The BRC lines serve to assist Brunei Ministry of Health.

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.
    • Entry and exit complete vaccination requirements will no longer be required.
    • Citizens and permanent residents of Brunei as well as foreign visitors will no longer be required to complete the Arrival Declaration Form (ADF).
    • Non-fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to undergo post-arrival COVID-19 test.
    • Travel health insurance covering COVID-19 (minimum coverage of BND $20, 000) is still required for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei intending to travel for a short trip and short-term inbound foreign visitors. The insurance must be valid for the duration of stay.
    • Visit the website of the Prime Minister’s Office for the updated travel guidelines, land and sea border crossing procedures, and the travel FAQs.
    • Travelers should be prepared for updated 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? No.
    • Entry and exit complete vaccination requirements will no longer be required.
    • Non-fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to undergo post-arrival COVID-19 test.
  • 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 no longer required ART testing and self-isolation upon arrival.
    • Unvaccinated travelers are still 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.

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 a 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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