Trav­eller’s Guide

Brunei Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion

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Visas*

Aus­trian, Ger­man, Malaysian, Sin­ga­porean, Bri­tish na­tion­als with the right of abode in the United King­dom, The Nether­lands and New Zealand na­tion­als are ex­empted from the re­quire­ment to ob­tain a visa for vis­its not ex­ceed­ing 30 days. Amer­i­can pass­port hold­ers can en­ter Brunei Darus­salam for three months with­out visas. For na­tion­als of Bel­gium, Canada, Den­mark, France, In­done­sia, Italy, Ja­pan, Lux­em­bourg, Repub­lic of Mal­dives, Nor­way, Oman, The Philip­pines, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Switzer­land, Thai­land and The Prin­ci­pal­ity of Liecht­en­stein — visas are waived for 14-day vis­its. Na­tion­als of Aus­tralia are is­sued visas on ar­rival at the Brunei In­ter­na­tional Air­port for vis­its not ex­ceed­ing 30 days.

All other vis­i­tors en­ter­ing Brunei Darus­salam must have visas ob­tain­able from any Brunei Darus­salam diplo­matic mis­sion abroad. Th­ese visas are nor­mally is­sued for a two-week stay but can be re­newed in Brunei. Vis­i­tors must hold on­ward tick­ets and suf­fi­cient funds to sup­port them­selves while in the coun­try.

N.B.

For more de­tails, please con­tact your near­est Brunei Em­bassy or diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Cur­rency Bearer Ne­go­ti­a­tion In­stru­ment Dec­la­ra­tion

Guests en­ter­ing or leav­ing Brunei who carry phys­i­cal cur­rency or bearer ne­go­tiable in­stru­ments val­ued at BND15,000 or more are re­quired to com­plete a dec­la­ra­tion form and sub­mit it to a cus­toms of­fi­cer

(if ar­riv­ing in Brunei) or an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer (if de­part­ing Brunei).

Duty-free Al­lowance*

The im­port of the fol­low­ing prod­ucts is sub­ject to re­stric­tions im­posed by Brunei’s Cus­toms and Ex­cise Depart­ment.

Cig­a­rettes: Ef­fec­tive 1 April, 2017, guests will be charged duty on cig­a­rettes at the fol­low­ing rates: per stick $0.50 for each 20 sticks pack $10 for each car­ton of 10 packs $100 .

Please re­fer the new charges im­posed by Royal Cus­toms and Ex­cise Depart­ment.

Al­co­hol: Non-mus­lim guests may bring in two bot­tles of liquor plus 12 cans of beer for per­sonal con­sump­tion only; and a rea­son­able quan­tity of per­fumes.

Trans­porta­tion

Brunei In­ter­na­tional Air­port is about 11km from the cap­i­tal,

Car rental, pub­lic buses and reg­is­tered taxis are avail­able at the ar­rivals. The Land trans­port depart­ment strongly ad­vise vis­i­tors to only use reg­u­lated and in­sured taxis. For more info on reg­is­tered taxis you may visit – www.min­com.gov.bn/ bruni­tax­i­fare or con­tact +6737181643.

Cur­rency

The Brunei dol­lar is on a par with the Sin­ga­pore dol­lar, which is also ac­cepted in Brunei. Banks, ho­tels and many depart­ment stores will cash trav­eller’s cheques.

Lan­guage

Malay is the of­fi­cial lan­guage but English is widely used. Other lan­guages in­clude Chi­nese and its dialect vari­ants and other in­dige­nous di­alects. Although the of­fi­cial reli­gion is Is­lam, other faiths in­clud­ing Chris­tian­ity and Bud­dhism are prac­tised.

Cloth­ing

Light cloth­ing is ad­vis­able as the cli­mate is gen­er­ally warm and hu­mid. Women are re­quested to dress mod­estly in keep­ing with lo­cal cus­toms.

Health

Doc­tors pro­vide pri­vate med­i­cal ser­vices for a nom­i­nal charge. There are a num­ber of state health clin­ics and hos­pi­tals.

Credit Cards

Ho­tels, depart­ment stores and other ma­jor es­tab­lish­ments gen­er­ally ac­cept all in­ter­na­tion­ally known credit cards.

Tip­ping

Op­tional. Some ho­tels add a 10 per cent ser­vice charge to their room rates.

Tele­phones

Over­seas calls can be made from ho­tel rooms through the op­er­a­tor, or via in­ter­na­tional di­rect di­alling (IDD). There are also coin and phonecard op­er­ated pub­lic tele­phones.

Util­i­ties

Power sup­ply is 220 - 240v, 50 cy­cles. The PAL and NTSC sys­tems are used by lo­cal tele­vi­sion. Tap wa­ter is gen­er­ally safe to drink although some take the pre­cau­tion of boil­ing it.

Me­dia

Ra­dio Tele­vi­sion Brunei has nightly news bul­letins and a range of pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment in both English and Malay. Ca­ble net­work and Malaysian tele­vi­sion pro­grammes can also be re­ceived.

There are two lo­cal daily news­pa­pers namely: Bor­neo Bul­letin (English) and Me­dia Per­mata (Malay). Other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions are also avail­able at new­stands.

Food

For the ad­ven­tur­ous, the food stalls of­fer Malay favourites, such as sa­tay (bar­be­cued meat on a skewer) and lo­cal dishes pre­pared with curry or co­conut milk. Chi­nese, Euro­pean and In­dian cuisines are also avail­able. All F&B busi­nesses, in­clud­ing ho­tel restau­rants, close for Fri­day prayer 12pm to 2pm. For ho­tel guests, room ser­vice din­ing op­er­ates as usual.

Ho­tels

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the cap­i­tal ranges from in­ter­na­tional stan­dard to mid­dle range ho­tels. Ser­vice apart­ments are also avail­able at rea­son­able rates.

Shop­ping

Depart­ment stores and shops of­fer goods rang­ing from cos­met­ics and stereos to lo­cal hand­i­crafts such as the keris (an or­na­men­tal dag­ger), minia­ture brass can­nons, and kain tenunan, a cloth wo­ven with gold or sil­ver threads.

Fes­ti­vals and Cel­e­bra­tions

Na­tional Day, 23 Fe­bru­ary, Hari Raya, the end of the Mus­lim fast­ing month, and His Majesty The Sul­tan’s birth­day, 15 July. Other pub­lic hol­i­days in­clude Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year and Christ­mas.

Cus­toms and Cour­tesy

• In mosques, vis­i­tors should re­move their shoes and should not pass in front of peo­ple at prayer. A woman should en­sure that her head, knees and arms are cov­ered be­fore en­ter­ing mosques. Robes are pro­vided at the en­trance to the mosque.

• A Bruneian shakes hands lightly and brings his hands to his chest. Mem­bers of the op­po­site sex do not shake hands. • It is im­po­lite to point with the in­dex finger (use the right thumb in­stead) or to beckon some­one with fin­gers and palm fac­ing up­wards. In­stead the whole hand should be waved with palm fac­ing down­wards. The right fist should never be smacked into the left palm.

• Gifts, par­tic­u­larly food, are passed with

the right hand.

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