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Brunei
Official Name:

Brunei Darussalam

Last Updated: October 6, 2017

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Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan

Simpang 336-52-16-9
Jalan Duta
Bandar Seri Begawan BC4115, Brunei Darussalam.

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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6 months beyond arrival date

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp, six blank visa pages.

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None required.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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BND 15,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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BND 15,000 

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U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan

Simpang 336-52-16-9
Jalan Duta
Bandar Seri Begawan BC4115, Brunei Darussalam

Telephone: +(673) 238-4616

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(673) 873-0691

Fax number: +(673) 238-4606

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Brunei for information on U.S. - Brunei relations. 

U.S. passport holders must have at least six months’ validity remaining on their passport before entering Brunei for business or pleasure, and are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Brunei for visits of 90 days or longer. Travelers are also required to have at least six blank passport pages. For further information about entry or exit requirements, travelers may consult the Consular Section of the Embassy of Brunei, 3520 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 237-1838, or visit the Embassy of Brunei website for the most current visa information.

Additionally:

  • Immigration offenses, including overstay of your visa, are punishable by jail sentence, fines, and caning.
  • Persons associated with violators, such as contractors or employers, are subject to the same penalties if the violator is found guilty.

HIV/AIDS

  • Brunei has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions as part of a ban on communicable diseases. The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Brunei Darussalam requires all travelers entering Brunei to fill out a Health Declaration Card and submit it to the Officer-In-Charge (MOH) upon disembarkation.
  • You may be subjected to a medical examination upon arrival in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Travelers may be quarantined if infected or suspected to be infected with an infectious disease or if travelers have had contact with such a person
  • Please verify this information with the Embassy of Brunei before you travel.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

U.S. citizens in Brunei should be vigilant with regard to their personal security, maintain a low profile, vary times and routes during their daily routines, and report any suspicious activity to the local police and to the U.S. Embassy.

Noting several past anti-Western terrorist bombings in Indonesia, the Department of State continues to be concerned that terrorist groups, such as those claiming affiliation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have the capability to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the region.

Crime:  Most crimes that occur in Brunei are non-violent crimes of opportunity, including residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins.

  • While in Brunei, you can generally avoid becoming a victim of a crime of opportunity by practicing good security awareness. For example, secure your valuables (remove them from plain view), avoid secluded locations, properly secure your residence and vehicle, and do not travel alone late at night. 
  • Crime in Brunei peaks in July and December, due to the holidays and schools being out of session. 

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy. 
  • Report crimes to the local police at 993 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (673) 238-4616 ext. 2100 Monday – Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or (673) 873-0691 (24 hours). 
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

There is adequate care for basic medical conditions in Brunei; however, for certain elective surgery or complicated care the best medical care in the region is obtained in Singapore.

  • Brunei has a number of public hospitals and clinics.
  • Further information about health care facilities in Brunei ican be found on the U.S. Embassy website.
  • Medication and prescriptions are readily available, but may not be the same brands as those found in the United States.
  • We do not pay medical bills.
  • Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

Medical Insurance:

Medication/Prescriptions:

  • If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Embassy of Brunei in Washington, D.C., to ensure the medication is legal in Brunei. 
  • Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned, caned, or expelled. 

  • Criminal penalties for some offenses are harsher than in the United States:
  • Brunei adheres to conservative Islamic social values, and U.S. citizens are advised to learn and respect local customs and traditions.
  • Any public criticism of the Sultan or other members of the Royal Family, Sharia law, or Islam is strongly discouraged.
  • Under the new Sharia criminal code it is also an offence to consume any food, drink, or tobacco in public during the fasting hours of Ramadan.
  • Gambling is illegal in Brunei.
  • Prostitution and pornography are illegal and can result in harsh punishments.
  • Non-Muslims may be arrested for khalwat (close proximity between the sexes) under the Sharia Penal Code provided that the other accused party is Muslim. Khalwat may include activities from holding hands or public displays of affection to sexual activity. U.S. citizens are also subject to khalwat laws.
  • Extramarital relations between a Muslim and non-Muslim may be considered a crime in Brunei.
  • You should consult a guide book or other travel information on Brunei for more information about respecting local cultural norms.
  • Alcohol cannot be purchased legally in Brunei.  However, two liters of spirits/wine and 12 cans of beer may be imported by non-Muslim adults for personal consumption in private.
  • Importation of firearms is prohibited. The illegal possession of firearms or explosives and drug use/possession carry severe penalties, including the possibility of the death penalty.
  • Visit the Brunei Royal Customs and Excise Department’s website for further information about Brunei’s Customs laws.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the  U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  

  • If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.
  • See our webpage on arrests and detentions for further information.
  • The Royal Brunei Police Force is generally professional and courteous. Most officers speak English but some, especially from the reserve units, have limited-to-no English speaking capability.
  • You should carry a copy of your passport with you as you will need to produce proof of your identity should an incident occur.

Dual Nationality:  Brunei does not recognize or permit dual nationality. Brunei nationals are expected to enter and exit the country on their Brunei passports. Should Brunei authorities learn that a person is a dual national, they may require immediate renunciation of the citizenship of either the other nation or Brunei.

Customs Regulations:  Brunei customs authorities enforce strict import/export regulations. Contact the Embassy of Brunei in Washington, D.C., for specific information regarding customs requirements. 

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers:  LGBT sex acts are criminalized in Brunei under Civil Law and  also under Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code.

  • Possible punishments include a fine and up to 10 years in prison.
  • Although not yet implemented, penalties for LGBT acts under the Sharia Penal Code include fines, imprisonment, caning and, if fully implemented, death by stoning.
  • Further information may be available from the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington, D.C. or by contacting an attorney in Brunei

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. While in Brunei, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.

  • Wheelchair ramps may not be available on all sidewalks, which often have very deep and wide gutters that may not be covered.
  • Buildings may not always have wheelchair-accessible doorways or elevators.
  • Crosswalks, elevators, and buildings do not generally have signage or warnings for the visually or hearing impaired.
  • There is no specific law governing accessibility.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Brunei has an extensive network of roads comparable to those in most western countries, and they are well maintained.

  • Traffic moves on the left side of the road.
  • Holders of a foreign driver’s license are permitted to drive in Brunei Darussalam for 90 days only.
  • For longer stays, a foreign driver’s license must be endorsed to a Brunei driver’s license, available at any Land Transport Department office.
  • Drivers must obey traffic rules at all times and should take extra caution when approaching traffic signals.
  • The Royal Brunei Police Force routinely sets up checkpoints and traffic stops, particularly at night, normally for license and registration check or DWI and contraband.
  • If you are stopped by police, you will need to show your identification card, vehicle registration, and insurance card.

Traffic Laws:   

View the Brunei Land Transport Department office website for information.

Public Transportation:

  • There are six bus routes servicing the Bandar Seri Begawan area. Normal operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. Bus fares start from B$1.00. Buses heading to other towns in Brunei such as Tutong, Kuala Belait, and Seria depart from the bus terminal located at the multi-storey car park on Jalan Cator in Bandar Seri Begawan.
  • Taxis can be found at the airport, hotels, shopping centres, and the central bus station in Bandar Seri Begawan and are metered.
  • See our Road Safety page for more information. 
  • Visit the website of Brunei Land Transport Department and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Brunei, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Brunei’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Brunei should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website the NGA broadcast warnings website; select “broadcast warnings.

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