Brunei Darussalam is extending temporary suspension on cross-border activities and travels to and from five countries of the Indian Subcontinent by sixteen days from 16 to 31 July, announced The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement.

The suspension applies to entry of foreign nationals via land and sea ports including transits through Brunei except for entry and transit travels that have been granted approval by the Government of Brunei Darussalam. 

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Entry and transits through the sultanate Brunei Darussalam may only be considered for transit vehicles with Transit Permits that are issued by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, provided that the travellers have attained endorsement from their local authorities for their travels, and will be subject to existing entry conditions and procedures, for the following purposes: 

(i) Official Government travel; 

(ii) Students who are required to attend school; 

(iii) Emergency services (such as ambulances, police and military); and 

(iv) Vaccinated foreign-registered transport operators with Cross-Country Permits issued by the Government of Brunei Darussalam for import deliveries of essential goods. 

The temporary suspension also applies to the collection and delivery of private goods at border checkpoints handled by runners registered in Brunei Darussalam; as well as entry and exit-country travels of commuters via land and sea ports for the purpose of work. 

Meanwhile, the sixteen-day extension for travels to and from the Indian Subcontinent namely, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh apply to entry travels of all foreign nationals departing from or through any airport of the five countries.

However, diplomatic passport holders and members of the armed forces working in Brunei Darussalam are allowed to enter the country, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 

Transits through Brunei for all foreign nationals departing from the Indian subcontinent and exit-country travels from Brunei to the subcontinent for any reason or business matters is also suspended. 

However, diplomatic passport holders and members of the armed forces working in Brunei are allowed to exit the country, as well as foreign nationals who hold an employment or dependent’s pass which has been revoked or cancelled or the holders of the “Special Authorisation Work Pass” or “Professional Visit Visa” who worked temporarily in Brunei Darussalam and will be returning to their respective countries permanently. 

Temporary suspension also applies to foreign nationals who have been granted pre-approvals to enter Brunei from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh via pre-authorised flights, which have therefore been suspended. 

The conditions for the consideration of entry and exit travel mentioned above are subject to review by the Cross-Border Affairs Steering Committee from time to time. For further information and details, please visit our website at www.pmo.gov.bn/travelportal or contact our operators at the travel hotline 120 during working hours or via e-mail at travelapplication@jpm.gov.bn.

This article was first published on 17 July 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 150

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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