Exercise normal precautions in Brunei.
Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.
If you decide to travel to Brunei:
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.
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.
Victims of Crime:
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned, caned, or expelled.
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.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. While in Brunei, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
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.
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.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Brunei has an extensive network of roads comparable to those in most western countries, and they are well maintained.
View the Brunei Land Transport Department office website for information.
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.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. Birth certificates may be obtained under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Enactment (Chapter 79) of 1923 and the Births and Deaths (Registration) Rules, 1957. Birth Certificates (certified extracts from a Register of Births and Deaths) are available by applying to the Registrar of Births and Deaths (State Medical Officer, Brunei), Bandar Seri Begawan, or to the Superintendent of Births and Deaths for the registration area in which the birth or death was registered. Records are available from 1948 and in the case of British subjects from 1926.
Available. Death certificates may be obtained under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Enactment (Chapter 79) of 1923 and the Births and Deaths (Registration) Rules, 1957. Death Certificates (certified extracts from a Register of Births and Deaths) are available by applying to the Registrar of Births and Deaths (State Medical Officer, Brunei), Bandar Seri Begawan, or to the Superintendent of Births and Deaths for the registration area in which the birth or death was registered. Records are available from 1948 and in the case of British subjects from 1926.
Available. Obtained by application to the Registrar of Marriages (Attorney General), Attorney General's Chambers, Bandar Seri Begawan, or to the Registrar of Marriages for the area in which the marriage was solemnized and/or registered. The pertinent legislation is as follows:
Certificates are issued under the following Ordinance: The Registration of Marriage Rules (No. 45) of l961.
Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Brunei.
As Brunei is a Muslim State, there is no civil divorce legislation for non-Muslims, who are therefore unable to obtain a divorce in Brunei. Muslims may obtain divorces in Brunei under Muslim law at the Kadzi Court in each of Brunei's four Districts (Brunei-Muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong). These would be registered at the Muslim Shariah Court in each District.
Available. A certified copy of an entry in a register of adoptions may be obtained under the Registration of Adoptions Enactment (No. 10) of 1961 and the Registration of Adoptions Rules (No. 546) of l961 on application to the Registrar of Adoptions (State Medical Officer), Bandar Seri Begawan. Records are available from l961.
Police certificates can be obtained in Brunei within approximately two weeks. When requesting a police clearance certificate, an applicant must submit the following:
The above items should be sent to:
Royal Brunei Police Force
Bandar Seri Begawan
Attn: Awg Mohammad Abdullah - Translator
If the applicant lives outside of Brunei, a request for a police certificate, along with the required passport and identity card photocopies, may be sent to the Embassy by courier service.
Brunei criminal records are permanently stored in the police computer archives. The records are indexed by family name and identity card numbers.
Unavailable to private individuals. If a police check develops evidence of the existence of a prison record, or if an applicant volunteers such information, then the Embassy can obtain relevant particulars by official application to the Commissioner of Prisons. The name of the applicant, prison number, and name of the prison where sentence was served are necessary information.
Brunei has had its own Armed Forces (for which only Brunei citizens of the Malay race are eligible) since 1962. Military records are "privileged documents" which, it is believed, cannot be obtained by residents or former residents of Brunei on personal application. Such information would not, as a matter of routine, be supplied to the Embassy by Brunei military authorities. In special circumstances, however, consideration would be given to applications submitted by the Embassy for such records, each case being decided on its merits.
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Embassy) -- NIV only
NIVs for all of Brunei. IV applications for nationals of Brunei are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.