Travel Advisory on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

24 March 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 (24 hours) on 148 for further advice and instructions.

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.

Temporary Closure of Sites and Premises until further notice:

The Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery and the Tourist Information Centre at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex is closed beginning 18th March 2020 until further notice.

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.

Regarding the use of face masks, the Ministry of Health would like to share the correct way of using it. There are various types of masks available in the market including surgical face masks, paper masks and cloth masks. However, only surgical face masks are recommended for use in preventing respiratory infections. The correct procedure for wearing surgical face masks are as follows:

Step One
Cover your mouth and nose with the surgical face mask and ensure the inner white layer is facing your mouth and the outer (blue or green) layer is facing outwards. Attach the straps to the back of the ears and make sure there is no space between your face and the surgical face mask.

Step Two
Do not touch the surgical face mask when you are using it.

Step Three
Remove the surgical face mask by using the right technique – do not touch the outside of the surgical face mask and remove the straps from the back of the ears.

Step Four
After removing or touching the used surgical face mask, wash your hands with water and soap or with a hand sanitizer.

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 (24 hours) on 148 for further advice and instructions.