Travellers Advisory on the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

29 December 2021

The Steering Committee for COVID-19 would like to announce the updated measures on the guidelines for inbound and outbound travel during the Early Endemic Phase:

  1. Taking into consideration the current COVID-19 situation, particularly the rise of cases in several countries and the threat of the Omicron variant, the Steering Committee for COVID-19 has agreed to temporarily omit all countries from the Travel Green List. In this regard, there will be no countries placed in the Travel Green List from 1st January 2022.
  2. Before entering Brunei Darussalam, all individuals are required to undergo an RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin, without the need to undergo Antigen Rapid Test (ART).
  3. All individuals are also required to undergo mandatory self-isolation at designated hotels only. All inbound travellers are required to undergo an ART test upon arrival in the country as well as an RT-PCR test on the fifth day post-arrival, at Sports Complex, RIPAS Hospital.
  4. Foreigners who wish to enter Brunei Darussalam for essential purposes are required to obtain Entry Travel Pass approval.

1 January 2022

Standard Operating Procedures at Brunei International Airport

  1. Passengers are allowed to be sent off during departure by a maximum of two (2) persons only.
  2. Members of the public are strictly prohibited to pick up or greet passengers upon arrival.

For more information, please visit the Department of Civil Aviation website.

13 January 2022

With the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister’s Office would like to inform on the following:

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION ON CROSS-BORDER ACTIVITIES IS EXTENDED BY SIXTEEN (16) DAYS, FROM 16TH TO 31ST JANUARY 2022, WHICH APPLIES TO:

  1. Entry of foreign nationals via land and sea ports, including transits through Brunei Darussalam, except for entry and transit travels that have been granted approval by the Government of Brunei Darussalam;

    Entry and transits through Brunei Darussalam may only be considered for transit vehicles with Transit Permits that are issued by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, provided that the travellers have attained endorsement from their local authorities for their travels, and will be subject to existing entry conditions and procedures, for the following purposes:

    1. Official Government travel;
    2. Students who are required to attend school;
    3. Emergency services (such as ambulances, police and military); and
    4. Vaccinated foreign-registered transport operators with Cross-Country Permits issued by the Government of Brunei Darussalam for import deliveries of essential goods.
  2. Entry and exit-country travels of commuters via land and sea ports for the purpose of work.

    The conditions for the consideration of entry and exit travel mentioned above are subject to review by the Steering Committee for COVID-19 from time to time. For further information and details, please visit our website at www.pmo.gov.bn/travelportal or contact our operators at the travel hotline 120 during working hours or via e-mail at travelapplication@jpm.gov.bn.

Public Advisory

10 January 2022

In response to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah, the Steering Committee for COVID-19 has set the measures for the implementation of the Early Endemic Phase, which will be extended for one (1) month starting Saturday, 15th January 2022 until Monday, 14th February 2022.

Meanwhile, the movement restriction phase is extended until Monday, 14th February 2022. The restriction period will be shortened to 12.00 a.m until 4.00 a.m.

PUBLIC MEASURES OR GUIDELINES FOR EARLY ENDEMIC PHASE

  1. All individuals are allowed to enter government and private premises, or attend events, regardless of their vaccination status. However:
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to undergo an Antigen Rapid Test (ART), for which the validity period of the test result is two (2) days.
    • Children under the age of 18 who have not received or completed their vaccinations are allowed to enter these premises without ART testing but they need to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
  2. For mass or private gatherings, capacity is limited to 75% of venue capacity or not more than 300 persons, whichever is the lesser number.
    • Buffet service during functions and at restaurants is not permitted. Dome service is allowed and distribution of take-home packaged meals is encouraged.
  3. For mosque, surau and prayer hall gatherings:
    • Attendees aged 12 years old or older regardless of vaccination status can attend any religious activities in mosques nationwide.
    • For those who have not completed their vaccination are required to show a negative ART test result as set by the COVID-19 Steering Committee.
    • Congregants are required to wear a face mask at all times.
  4. For government offices:
    • Office hours will return to normal working hours – from 7.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    • Visitors to government offices and service counters who have not completed their vaccinations are required to show a negative ART test result certificate which has a validity of two (2) days.
  5. For museums, galleries, libraries and activity centres for senior citizens:
    • Operating hours for these public venues are 9.00 a.m to 4.30 p.m. Open daily except Friday and Sunday.
  6. For fitness and recreational facilities or activities:
    • Non-contact sports are permitted. Contact sports are allowed for skills training only. Sporting matches are not permitted.
    • Face masks should be worn except when engaging in high-intensity activities.
    • For more information, please visit Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports website.

For more information on the Early Endemic Phase Guidelines, please visit the Prime Minister’s Office website.