Travellers Advisory on the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

27 March 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 MARCH 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:

    • Official Government travel;
    • Students who are required to attend school;
    • Emergency services (such as ambulances, police and military); and
    • Vaccinated foreign-registered transport operators with Cross-Country Permits issued by the Government of Brunei Darussalam for import deliveries of essential goods.
  1. Entry and exit-country travels of commuters via land and sea ports for the purpose of work.
  2. From Friday, 1st April 2022, those who enter Brunei Darussalam and had been infected with COVID-19 as well as have evidence of infection such as a Recovery Certificate where the validity period of the evidence of infection is not more than 90 days, therefore these individuals are exempted from being required to undergo RT- PCR swab test before leaving the country of origin. They are only required to undergo ART testing upon arrival in Brunei Darussalam where the cost of the payment of the ART upon arrival is BND20 per person. They are also exempted from undergoing mandatory self-isolation upon arrival in the country.

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.

22 April 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 COVID-19 Steering Committee wishes to announce that the Early Endemic Phase under the National COVID-19 Recovery Framework will be extended for one (1) month, from Sunday, 1st May 2022 until Tuesday, 31st May 2022.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 Steering Committee also wishes to update on existing guidelines, as follows:

  1. The exit-country guideline, that is, the requirement to be fully vaccinated with a third dose (booster dose) for citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam and those who intend to return to the country is extended to individuals aged 12 to 17 who intend to travel out of the country. This requirement will be implemented for outbound travels starting from Sunday, 15th May 2022.
  2. Taking into consideration the effectiveness of ART testing in detecting active infections amongst individuals, as shown by data analysis (concordance and Negative Predictive Value), local statistics have shown that there is no difference in infection risk between those arriving from countries under the Travel Green List (TGL) and those arriving from non-TGL countries, as well as the coordination of health protocols in the country, whereupon cross-border travel protocols will be updated and subsequently implemented starting Friday, 6th May 2022, as follows:
    1. Non-essential entry travel into Brunei Darussalam via air is permitted for those who have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations from any country without Entry Travel Pass (ETP) applications;
    2. The definition for full vaccination is amended from only having two (2) doses of COVID-19 vaccine to having a booster dose or if booster dose is not yet received, individuals without a booster dose are required to have two (2) doses of COVID-19 vaccinations, of which the second dose has to be obtained not more than three (3) months prior to date of entry into the country;
    3. Removal of categorization of TGL and non-TGL countries;
    4. The difference in health protocols for those entering the country is based on their vaccination status only, whereby the health protocols for those who are not fully vaccinated are the same as those who have arrived from non-TGL countries;
    5. Fully-vaccinated individuals who are entering the country are required to perform ART three (3) times after their arrival in the country, that is, on day of arrival (D1), day two and day three. This means that undergoing RT-PCR test upon arrival and self-isolation are no longer required, only if the ART results are negative. A $40 charge will be imposed for the three (3) ART kits.
    6. Individuals who are not yet fully-vaccinated are only permitted to enter the country if they can verify that they are medically exempted from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and are required to undergo ART upon arrival and RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival. They are also required to undergo self-isolation until RT-PCR results are obtained. The $100 charge for both ART and RT-PCR still remains.
  3. Cross-border activities through land and sea control posts are still not permitted, except for essential purposes only. However, citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam returning to the country via land or sea from essential travel are allowed to undergo self-isolation at home or at hotels;

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.

10 May 2022

Following the changes to the SARS-CoV-2 test performed upon arrival in Brunei Darussalam at the Brunei International Airport starting on 06 May 2022:

  1. The Ministry of Health has reviewed the handling of ART for all passengers in which ART on arrival will be done by the passengers themselves when they arrive at their respective homes or hotels.
  2. Each passenger will be given 3 ART kits upon arrival to be used on the day of arrival, on Day 2 and Day 3 after arrival and the results of each ART test must be uploaded to the BruHealth application.
  3. The BruHealth colour code for each new passenger arriving in the country will automatically change to red. However, passengers who upload negative ART test results will be given a day pass for the day through their respective BruHealth application which allows them to enter any premises in the country.

This directive is in accordance with the provisions under Section 62(A) of the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 whereby failure to comply may result in legal action.

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

Public Advisory

26 March 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 until Friday, 15th April 2022.

Meanwhile, the movement restriction phase will be lifted starting Friday, 1st April 2022.

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.

28 April 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 COVID-19 Steering Committee hereby announces updated guidelines under the Early Endemic Phase of the National COVID-19 Recovery Framework, which has been extended until Tuesday, 31st May 2022, as follows:

PUBLIC MEASURES OR GUIDELINES FOR EARLY ENDEMIC PHASE

  1. The guideline on the use of face masks has been updated, as follows:
    • Members of the public are still required to wear face masks while in public buildings (indoors); and
    • The use of face masks outdoors is encouraged, especially in crowded places and during mass gatherings
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. On the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations:
    • Private events at home are allowed for close family members only in accordance to the current capacity permitted for mass gatherings, that is, a maximum of 30 guests (not including the host) or 300 people for events held in halls.
    • Performing ART before leaving the house to visit close family members.
    • Those with a positive result are required to report to the BruHealth application and self-isolate at home.
    • Wearing mask except when eating and drinking.
    • Frequent washing of hands or use of hand sanitizer .
    • Visiting in groups as well as shaking hands are not encouraged.

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