The postponement on the exit and entry into the sultanate via Malaysia affecting registered parcel users, foreign nationals from Malaysia, transit passengers as well as commuters for the purpose of work has been extended for another two weeks until 10 February 2021.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement and is in reference to the statement that was issued on 30 December of last year as well as the announcement made the Minister of Home Affairs as Co-Chairman of the Cross-Border Affairs Steering Committee on 12 January 2021.
The initial move to postpone the exit and entry regulations came off the back of the implementation of a new Movement Control Order (MCO) and the declaration of a state of emergency in Malaysia earlier this month.
According to the PMO, transit through Brunei Darussalam may only be considered for official government travels; students who are required to attend school, emergency services such as ambulances, police and the military and Malaysia-registered transport operators with cross-country permits issued by the government of Brunei to for import deliveries of essential goods to the sultanate in Malaysia.
In the case of Malaysia-registered transport operators, transit will be considered granted that the travellers have attained endorsement from the relevant Malaysian authorities for their travels.
“These transit vehicles will be issued Transit Permits by the Brunei government and the travellers will be subject to existing entry conditions and procedures,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the PMO also announced that the postponement for students travelling to the United Kingdom will also be extended by one month until 28 February 2021, which also applies to all Bruneian students due to travel to other countries categorised as high risk by the Ministry of Health.
Exit country approvals for civil servants under the In-Service Training Scheme (LDP) to countries categorised as high risk will also be temporarily delayed for one month effective from 26 January until 28 February 2021.
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 and for further information and details, members of the public can contact operators at the travel hotline 120 during working hours.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN