Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Brunei requiring all arriving travelers to undergo quarantine at designated facilities as of April 6 due to COVID-19. Other measures apply.

This alert affects Brunei Darussalam

This alert began 06 Apr 2020 06:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry bans, flight disruptions, longer immigration wait times, quarantine measures

Summary
Bruneian authorities are requiring all travelers, including citizens and foreigners, entering the country to undergo quarantine at designated facilities for 14 days, as of April 6, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials have also closed mosques, suraus, and other religious halls. Authorities will only lift the measures if there are no new COVID-19 cases for 28 consecutive days in the country. The government has prohibited all mass gatherings, including weddings and sporting events. Officials are also advising malls and shop owners to limit the number of customers entering their premises; restaurants are only providing takeaway orders.

Travel Restrictions

Authorities have banned foreign nationals, including long-term pass holders, from entering or transiting in Brunei since March 24. Officials are only allowing the entry of foreigners whose work relates to matters of national interest, such as transporting necessities like food and medical supplies.

The government has suspended existing travel, student, and dependent visas. Officials have also barred Bruneian nationals from leaving the country, except for medical emergency or resuming studies. Authorities could expand their response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Advice
Postpone travel if affected by travel restrictions. Confirm flight status before checking out of accommodation and departing for the airport. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Ministry of Health: www.moh.gov.bn