Last updated: 15 Jul 2020



Brunei is a heavily forested state where visitors will encounter the grandeur of Islamic architecture and royal tradition. Architectural treasures in the capital include the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, with its gleaming gold dome. Also in the capital, don't miss the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum displaying traditional crafts.

Traditional sporting activities, such as gasing, a game involving highly polished giant tops, and kite flying can be sampled.

Take a tour to the Ulu Temburong National Park, which has forest canopy trails on wooden walkways. Trips can include rafting and swimming..
Official Name: Negara Brunei Darussalam
(The Country of Brunei, Abode of Peace)
Capital:  Bandar Seri Begawan (BWN)
Currency:  Brunei Dollar (BND). Singapore Dollars can also be used. 
Language:  Malay. English and Chinese are widely spoken.
Dialling code from SA:  + 673
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +8 (6 hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019: 

Jan 1; Feb 23; Apr 3; May 6, 31; Jun 5; Jul 15; Aug 12; Sep 1; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to Go: February – October. Avoid Ramadan.
Best for: Jungle Wildlife, Religious Sites
Plugs: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style plugs with three square pins are most commonly used.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: Healthcare facilities are of a high standard, but may not be available in rural areas. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. 
Customs: As a predominately Islamic country, dress should be conservative. When visiting mosques, men should wear long pants, and women should keep their arms, legs and head covered. Respect to religious customs should also be shown during the month of Ramadan. The right hand should be used for eating. 
Local Offences / Laws: The legal system is based on Shariah law and penalties for crimes are severe.
Travel Tips/ Warnings: Alcohol is not sold in Brunei, but non-Muslim tourists are allowed to bring alcohol in (refer to duty free allowance) and can consume it in private.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Brunei by travellers aged over 17 years without incurring customs duty:
• 2 x 1L bottles of alcohol and 12 cans of beer (by non-Muslims for personal consumption only, provided declared at customs upon arrival).
• 60ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette. Duty is charged on all cigarettes and tobacco products.
Prohibited Imports: Drugs (death penalty may apply), guns, ammunition, fire crackers, certain vaccines, and cigarettes without a health warning printed on the packet. The import of live plants requires authorisation in advance.
Prohibited Exports: You cannot export petrol, diesel, cigarettes or antiques unless you receive authorisation from customs control.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: 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. For more information:

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

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SA Representative

Representation accredited from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A &B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio