Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Brunei set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry and exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Brunei

Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. Anyone seeking to enter or exit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least 8 working days before the intended date of travel. See the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office website for further information, or contact the Brunei High Commission.

Brunei has announced that travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 48 hours of travel. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Travellers who have successfully received a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office may enter or exit by air or land ports. Entry through seaports is not permitted.

From 1 October 2020, all travellers entering or exiting Brunei via a land border will need to pay $3 BND per person on exit and $3 BND on return or entry. You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Brunei will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Quarantine requirements

If the government of Brunei permits you entry, you will need to go into quarantine on arrival at a government designated facility (usually a local hotel). Travellers are responsible for booking directly with hoteliers and must secure your accommodation before arrival and have proof of their stay to show the airline at check-in.

Travellers who have completed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will only be required to quarantine between 1 to 7 days, depending on the country they departed from. Their second dose of the vaccine must be obtained more than 14 days from the date of arrival into Brunei. Travellers are required to upload the status and proof of vaccination when applying for a travel permit.

Travellers who are unvaccinated, or have not completed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, or those who obtained their second dose less than 14 days from the date of arrival, will be required to quarantine between 2 and 14 days, from the first full day after arrival. Travellers will be informed of the duration of quarantine on arrival and will need to cover the cost of their stay in their designated quarantine facility.

You should make sure that you have the means to pay for your hotel in Brunei for the duration of your quarantine period.

Testing/screening on arrival

Brunei has announced that travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 48 hours of travel.

All foreigners must pay $350 BND for a COVID-19 test before they depart on their journey to Brunei. Travellers should carry proof of payment with them when checking in for their flight to Brunei.

From 26 August 2021, all travellers must also be tested using the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) at the land borders in Brunei.

Immigration Control Posts at Brunei’s land borders are operating shortened hours from 6am and last call at 4pm. There are health and temperature screening measures at borders. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.

Data collection

On arrival in Brunei, it is mandatory to use the BruHealth app. Failure to do so may result in financial penalties and legal repercussions, additionally you not being able to access public buildings.

Exiting Brunei

Brunei continues to enforce an exit travel ban, including for permanent residents, and expatriate workers (green identity card holders), and their dependants. Exceptions will be considered by the Prime Minister’s Office on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must apply online, giving 3 working days’ notice of the intention to travel. Full details are available on the Prime Minister’s Office website.

From 1 August 2021, residents and expatriate workers will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to apply for and exit Brunei.

Travellers who have successfully received a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office may enter or exit by air or land ports. Entry through sea ports is not permitted.

From 1 October 2020, all travellers entering or exiting Brunei via a land border will need to pay $3 BND per person on exit and $3 BND on return or entry. You should refer to the Prime Minister’s Office website for the latest information.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

British Citizen passport holders may enter Brunei for up to 90 days without a visa. If you have another type of British nationality, check with Brunei immigration authorities about visa requirements.

Make sure the entry stamp in your passport indicates the validity of your stay. There are strict penalties for overstaying.

If you’re staying longer than 90 days and/or visiting for non-tourist purposes, you will need to get a visa from the nearest Brunei diplomatic mission before you travel.

Passport validity  

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brunei. 

Dual nationality

Brunei does not recognise dual nationality. You can be refused entry if you’re found to be holding two passports of different nationality. If you’re a dual national, it’s advisable to enter Brunei on the passport on which you exited your last country of departure. While in Brunei your nationality will be deemed to be that shown on the passport which you used to enter the country. This may affect the consular assistance that you receive in Brunei.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency travel documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Brunei. They should have at least 6 months validity. You’ll have to obtain an exit and entry visa from Brunei Immigration before you travel.