Updated on 05-Mar-2021
Foreign Nationals Entry
Effective 15 September 2020, foreign nationals may be allowed entry into Brunei for essential business travel and other considerations on a case-to-case basis. All visitors arriving into Brunei (with appropriate approvals and documentation from the Brunei government), will be required to undergo a minimum of 2 to 14 days self-isolation period immediately at appointed monitoring centres in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (204). Any foreign nationals who receive permission to travel into Brunei will also be required to present:
· Valid Entry Travel Pass
· A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test result from a designated medical center that is recognized by the government of the country of departure; undertaken 72 hours prior to travelling to Brunei. Official document must clearly state “RT PCR” in order to be authenticated.
· Proof of valid hotel booking for at least 6 days starting on the day of arrival.
· Proof of a valid air ticket
· Proof of a valid visa (for visa-required passport holders)
· Proof of payment for post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, if applicable.
· Proof of installation of BruHealth app on mobile device
Entry Travel Pass Applications To Enter Brunei Darussalam
· Beginning from 15th September 2020, Entry Travel Pass will be issued for inbound travelers of foreign nationalities arriving in Brunei Darussalam. The Entry Travel Pass may be issued for the following individuals:
o Essential business travel (including official travel)
o Individual primarily here for the purpose of medical treatment
o Compassionate and other special circumstances, such as parents, spouse, or other immediate family members of Brunei Citizens or Residents
Applications will be reviewed for considerations on a case-to-case basis by authorities.
· Applications must be submitted by the sponsoring (receiving) agency or sponsoring family member in Brunei Darussalam on behalf of the traveler via Entry Travel Pass portal (https://www.form.gov.bn/ETPA/Pages/ETP-Registration-Form.aspx). The contact person of the sponsoring agency or sponsoring family member must be available to be contacted at all times.
· Upon arrival, travelers will be required to undergo self-isolation at hotel accommodation for a period of between 2 to 14 days depending on the self-isolation notice that is given upon arrival as determined by the Ministry of Health’s risk assessment. Accommodation for the duration of post-arrival self-isolation must be selected from the drop down menu on the Entry Travel Pass application page. It is the responsibility of the traveler or Sponsoring agency to book directly with hoteliers and secure such accommodation before arrival. It is advised to make a minimum booking duration of 6 days stay at the hotel and to refer to respective hotels on their refund/cancellation policies. Change of hotel during the determined isolation period is not allowed.
· The guidelines of the Entry Pass applications to enter Brunei Darussalam can be accessed on The Prime Minister’s Office website www.pmo.gov.bn/travelportal.
Other Pre-Departure Requirements
· Travelers are also required to download the BruHealth App prior to departure. Sponsoring agency must also prepare Brunei SIM cards for travelers ahead of their arrival to ensure smooth BruHealth registration upon arrival.
Travelling from/to Other Countries
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published a comprehensive latest list for travel restrictions imposed by the various Countries. Additional information can be found here.
Please ensure all guests familiarize themselves with the latest travel advice from your origin, departure, transit and home nation before travelling as significant restrictions may be in place.
For more information on destinations and specific restrictions in place, please visit the following:
Entry into / Exit from Australia
From 9 December 2020, all travellers to Australia must complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. Once completed, an email will be sent with details to be shown as proof of completion to the airline check-in staff. Failure to do so may result in boarding being denied.
All guests (regardless of nationality) traveling to Australia that are arriving on flights departing on or after 22 January 2021 (local time at departure point) must provide evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result for COVID-19 test 72 hours or less prior to check-in/boarding flights at the departure point.
- This applies to all guests five years of age or older.
- Guests transiting Australia with onward international flights to another country are also required to be tested and provide a negative result.
- If a member of a travelling party tests positive to COVID-19, all members of the party will not be allowed to travel to Australia.
Masks are mandatory for the duration of the flight and while in Australian airports, and should also be worn in airports in other countries.
Latest National Cabinet and Prime Minister announcement of these new measures can be found here or on health.gov.au.
Entry into / Exit from Singapore
To minimise the spread of COVID-19, Singapore has implemented public health and immigration measures.
Guest will not be allowed to board the aircraft for a flight if he or she:
- has a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, anosmia (loss of sense of smell), or shortness of breath;
- has been diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 infection in the last 21 days;
- has had close contact with any case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
- displays any of the COVID-19 symptoms
All guests, regardless of nationality, are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. Effective 31 January 2021 2359 hours, visitors applying to enter Singapore under the Air Travel Pass (ATP) and Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGLs) will need to have travel insurance for their COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000. The travel insurance will help them pay for the costs of their medical treatment in Singapore should they be suspected of being infected with COVID-19 or require medical treatment for COVID-19 while in Singapore. The visitors can purchase the travel insurance from Singapore-based or overseas insurers. A list of available insurance products can be found at the SafeTravel website.
Guest must also comply with Singapore’s public health and immigration requirements. For more information please visit safetravel.ica.gov.sg.
Entry into / Exit from The Philippines
In accordance with the Philippines Department of Transport, guests entering and departing from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) are required to wear a face shield and face mask onboard the aircraft and at the airport. Guests are reminded to bring your own face shield and face mask. All passengers are required to download and register an account in the TRAZE CONTACT TRACING mobile app prior to entering The Philippines.
Effective 1 February 2021 and in compliance with Philippine regulations, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has revised the arrival and quarantine protocols for non-OFWs, returning Overseas Filipinos & Foreign Nationals when arriving in the Philippines. Guests are reminded that it is your responsibility to follow and meet all entry/exit guidelines of the Philippines.
Entry into / Exit from People’s Republic of China
Effective 1 December 2020, All China-bound guests, regardless of nationalities, are required to present a green HS code (Chinese nationals) or HDC code (Foreign nationals) on their mobile devices or in print in order to board the flight. Guests are advised to upload copies of their negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) result and a negative IgM anti-body test from an authorized testing institution; within 2 days before boarding via Wechat (Chinese nationals) or website https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5 (Foreign nationals) and fill in the required information. The Chinese Embassy will issue a green HS code (Chinese nationals) or HDC code (Foreign nationals) as soon as it verifies the results. Guests who fail to present all required documents will be denied boarding.
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