Travellers Advisory on the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)
25 July 2020
As part of the national response to the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Brunei Darussalam, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam have implemented measures as follows:
- Body temperature screening and the use of Health Declaration Form at all points of entry into Brunei Darussalam;
- Strengthening the capacity of the Virology Laboratory and the National Isolation Centre in the Tutong District;
- Contact tracing for every confirmed case in Brunei Darussalam; and
- The implementation of the 14-day self-isolation policy for individuals returning to Brunei Darussalam from any country.
Additionally, the following measures to control incoming visitors to Brunei Darussalam have been reviewed and are implemented as follows:
- ALL VISITORS (non-citizens and non-permanent residents) will be denied entry from all ports of entry (land, sea, and air) into Brunei Darussalam beginning 24th March 2020. This includes any visitor on transit in Brunei Darussalam.
- ALL other arrivals into Brunei Darussalam from any other country are required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival into Brunei Darussalam. If you suspect that you may have been in contact with an infected individual and if symptoms of fever and other respiratory symptoms appear, seek medical attention urgently and inform your healthcare provider of your recent travel history. Call the Ministry of Health’s Advice Line on 148 for further advice and instructions.
Foreign Travellers to Bear COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Costs
As of 16 April 2020, all foreign travelers arriving to Brunei Darussalam are also required to bear the cost of the COVID-19 laboratory testing of B$1,000.00 per individual. This is in addition to bearing the cost of self-isolation for 14 days as previously announced.
On Outbound Travel Restrictions:
- Following the outbound travel restrictions, citizens, permanent residents, and long-term visa holders of Brunei Darussalam (including valid Green I.C holders) are restricted from leaving Brunei Darussalam from all ports of entry (land, sea, and air) with the exception of undergoing urgent medical care overseas, attend court hearings or resuming study abroad; and
- Tourists or those on a social visit pass currently in Brunei Darussalam are not subjected to the outbound travel restrictions from any ports of entry.
For further enquiries and information on travel restrictions, members of the public can contact the Department of Immigration and National Registration at (673) 2383106 or visit www.immigration.gov.bn.
Fourth De-escalation of Coronavirus Restrictions
Commencing 27th July 2020, fourth de-escalation of coronavirus restrictions are executed as follows:
Activating the following activities to Level 1:
- Arcade and playground (indoor and outdoor)
Escalating the following activities from Level 1 to Level 2:
- Swimming pools
- Activity centres for the elderly
- Mass gathering
Escalating the following activities from Level 2 to Level 3:
- Special needs classes
- Child care centres
- Museums, galleries and libraries
- Internet café
Escalating the following activities from Level 3 to Level 4:
- Technical, vocational and higher education
- Tuition schools and music schools
- Driving school
- Gym and fitness center
- Sports facilities (indoor & outdoor)
- Golf course
- Restaurants, cafes and food courts
- Stalls and markets
The following activities are escalated from Level 3 to Level 4 commencing on 03 August 2020:
- Mosques, surau and musallas (balai ibadat)
- Other places of worship besides mosques and surau
Meanwhile, exposition and trade fairs will also be allowed to take place under certain conditions.
For further information on the de-escalation plan implementation, members of the public in Brunei Darussalam can visit the Ministry of Health’s website at http://www.moh.gov.bn/SitePages/De-escalation%20Plan%20Implementation.aspx.
Premises will operate according to the capacity allowed with the use of the BruHealth application. Business owners will be given a specific QR BruHealth Code for their respective business premises, where users are require to scan it prior to entering and upon leaving the premises. QR BruHealth Code is a digital introduction for business premises that allows business owners to ensure BruHealth app users that have visited the premises are within the quota as set by the Ministry of Health.
In this regard, members of the public who have not registered are encouraged to download and register to the BruHealth App. Public’s cooperation in the use of the Bruhealth App and the scanning of the QR Code at the entry and exit point in premises will help ensure the safety of the public including merchants and customers, as well as to facilitate the Ministry of Health to conduct contact tracing in case there is an outbreak of the infection.
All of the additional measures above are on a temporary basis and will be reviewed from time to time.
As a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:
- Avoid contact with sick live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness such as high fever, cough or breathing difficulties;
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately;
- Avoid visiting people who are unwell if you feel unwell or have symptoms of infection; and
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
The Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam continues to maintain high vigilance, working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) and neighbouring countries to control the spread of COVID-19.
In this regard, the public is advised to continue to remain calm and to not panic. The Ministry of Health, from time to time, will endeavor to update the public on any current developments and measures being implemented in the country. Members of the public are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest and accurate information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei Darussalam from trusted sources, especially only from the Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam. The public are advised not to be easily deceived and believe information or news spread via the internet or other media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook without first verifying the information.
For further information, members of the public in Brunei Darussalam can contact Talian Darussalam 123 (24 hours) or visit the Ministry of Health’s website at http://www.moh.gov.bn/SitePages/COVID-19.aspx for further updates.
If you suspect that you may have been in contact with an infected individual and if symptoms of fever and other respiratory symptoms appear, seek medical attention urgently and inform your healthcare provider of your recent travel history. Call the Ministry of Health’s Advice Line on 148 for further advice and instructions (Operation hours: Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 7.45am – 12.15noon |1.30pm – 4.30pm, Friday: 8.00am – 12noon *Closed every Sunday and public holidays*).