Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

Brunei

About

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 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 12, 13, 23; Mar 11; Apr 13, 29; May 13-15, 31; Jul 15, 20; Aug 10; Oct 19; 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

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Entry is generally not permitted for passengers who are not nationals or residents of Brunei Darussalam.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Brunei Darussalam.
    • This does not apply to nationals and residents of Brunei Darussalam.
  • This also does not apply to the following passengers, provided holding an Entry Travel Pass:
    • Passengers travelling for essential business or official purposes;
    • Passengers travelling for employment purposes;
    • Passengers travelling for education;
    • Passengers travelling for medical treatment;
    • Passengers who have compassionate and other special circumstances, such as parents, spouse, or other immediate family members of Brunei nationals or residents.
  • Passengers are not permitted to travel from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka to Brunei Darussalam.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Brunei Darussalam;
    • Holders of diplomatic passports;
    • Members of the armed forces.
  • Passengers travelling from Indonesia are not permitted to enter Brunei Darussalam. This also applies to passengers who have previously been granted pre-approval to enter Brunei Darussalam.
  • Passengers travelling to Brunei Darussalam are only permitted to transit through a country with an equivalent or lower risk category as per the Bruneian Ministry of Health risk assessment. Passengers may not leave the airport while in transit.

Form requirements

  • Passengers travelling to Brunei Darussalam must hold an Entry Travel Pass. The pass can be accessed here must be submitted at least 8 working days prior to travel. Passengers must have remained within their country of departure for 14 days prior to departure to Brunei Darussalam.
    • Applications for the Entry Travel Pass must be submitted by the sponsoring (receiving) agency or sponsoring family member in Brunei Darussalam on behalf of the travelling passenger.
  • Passengers must submit a completed Arrival Declaration here and download the BruHealth App prior to arrival in Brunei Darussalam.

Test requirements

  • Passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure to Brunei Darussalam.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • Passengers must hold proof of payment for a post-arrival Covid-19 RT-PCR test or an exemption letter from the Ministry of Health, and a hotel reservation in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 2 to 14 days on arrival in Brunei Darussalam, as determined by the Ministry of Health’s risk assessment.
  • Passengers travelling from Singapore must quarantine in hotel accommodation on arrival for a period as determined by the Ministry of Health's risk assessment.

Exit requirements

  • Passengers are not permitted to travel from Brunei Darussalam to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Holders of diplomatic passports;
    • Members of the armed forces;
    • Passengers who hold an employment or dependent’s pass which has been revoked;
    • Passengers who hold a ‘Special Authorization Work Pass’ or ‘Professional Visit Visa’.
  • Passengers departing Brunei Darussalam must hold an Exit Travel Application applied for prior to departure, and must also be vaccinated against Covid-19.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by SA passport holders. Ensure the passport has a minimum of 2 blank pages and is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of return.

BRUNEI HIGH COMMISSION:
19-20 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PG
Tel: 00 44 20 7581 0521 consular section
E-mail: consular@bruneihighcomm.org.uk
Office hours : Mon - Fri 0930 - 1300 and 1400 - 1630

THE NEAREST BRUNEI EMBASSY IS IN EGYPT:
23 A Mohamed Mazhar Street,
Zamalek, Cairo
Tel: 00 20 2 273 66651
Fax: 00 20 2 27360240
E-mail: suniman.sulaiman@mfa.gov.bn


Please see below information received from the Embassy of Brunei in Egypt :

It would take between a month to 3 months for any visa to be approved, as all the applications wouldhave to be forwarded to the relevant authority in Brunei Darussalam for approval. Please submit applications at the earliest possible time to avoid delays,  submit all your personal particular such as :

1. A copy of passport, which is the expired date not less than 6 months.
2. Proof of your flight (return ticket)
3. Hotel booking
4. Your bank statement as supporting document for a proof of sufficient fund for your journey to Brunei Darussalam.

Do not send your original document until you have secured the visa approval. We will send you Visa Application Form after you had sent me your mail address.

1. The visa fee is US$20.00.

2. Two copies of your passport size photo are required.

3. Fill the visa form completely.  It is not advised to send your travel document through courier service. We would suggest you to submit your application through our embassy here in Cairo, Egypt and our address is as follows:

           Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
           23 A, Mohamed Mazhar Street
           Zamalek, Cairo
           Tel no: 202-27366651
           Fax no: 202-27360240

Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact at above address.

* Please take note that incomplete documentations above would not be entertained and processed

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