COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: November 24, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Brunei Ministry of Health has confirmed 149 cases of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has announced plans to operate some commercial flights to London’s Heathrow Airport departing Bandar Seri Begawan.  Booking information is available on the RBA website.  Please note that as of August 11, travelers arriving in London directly from Brunei will not be subject to the UK’s self-isolation requirement.
  • RBA has suspended most of its routes until January 31, 2021, with limited scheduled service continuing to Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila.  Please contact RBA and Singapore Airlines (SIA) for details and booking information and note the following:
    • 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.  Please note that Air Asia has resumed biweekly flights from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday and Sunday starting October 1, but under current conditions, it is not possible for most foreign citizens to transfer from terminal KLIA2, where most Air Asia flights arrive, to KLIA, where most international flights depart.  Please contact your airlines with any questions.
    • 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, “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.
    • Singapore: Singapore has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering, though essential business travelers departing from Brunei may be able to enter Singapore using the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL).  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.
    • 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.
    • Manila:  The Philippine government has enacted travel restrictions that bar most foreign citizens from entering or transiting via its airports.
  • 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  No.
    • Effective September 15, 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, permanents 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?  No.                                                          
    • The government has not issued or enforced a curfew order.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.  For more information, contact Brunei’s Health Advice Line 148, available from 7 am to 11 pm daily, or visit the website of the Brunei Ministry of Health.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • RBA has suspended most of its routes until January 31, with limited scheduled service continuing to Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila.  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:

  • 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.
  • Effective July 16, U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan has resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including F, M, J (not including au pair, intern, trainee, summer work travel, teacher, and camp counselor), E, I, O and P classifications by appointmentProcessing of all other nonimmigrant visa classifications remains suspended.  Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email ConsularBrunei@state.gov or call (673) 238-7500 to request an emergency appointment.  Emergency appointment will be on a case-by-case basis.

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