Brunei Visas & Entry Requirements (Inc. COVID-19 Rules & Restrictions)

How to Enter Brunei? Quick Answers

  • Do I need special permission to enter Brunei? The only requirement, besides getting a visa or visa exemption stamp, is to complete the E-Arrival Card. This is mandatory for all foreign nationals entering Brunei.
  • Do I need a visa to enter Brunei? Visa exemption is offered to citizens of certain countries. EU, UK and US citizens are exempt. Find out whether you need a visa here. Nationalities that are not visa-exempt will need to apply for a visa at the nearest Brunei consulate or office. 
  • Do I need proof of onward travel? No, you are unlikely to be asked about proof of onward travel when you enter Brunei.
  • Do I need proof of COVID-19 vaccination? No.
  • Do I need travel insurance? No, visitors are not required to show proof of travel insurance, however, holding a policy can offer peace of mind. See popular insurers here.

Brunei Visa Summary

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Visa exemption is available for travellers of most nationalities for 90 days.

If you require a visa to enter the country, you must apply through your nearest Brunei Darussalam immigration office or consulate.


Brunei: COVID-19 Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

  • Vaccinated travellers: No requirements
  • Non-vaccinated travellers: No requirements

Entry Requirements & Documents

  • A passport with six months validity and a minimum of one blank page
  • A valid visa

Travel Insurance Requirements

  • Not mandatory, however, some travellers like to take out a policy whenever they travel

Brunei: Visa Exemption

In summary, citizens from the EU, UK and US are visa exempt, however, this list is not exhaustive.

The complete list of countries that can enter Brunei on the 90-day visa exemption scheme can be found on the official government website.


Brunei: Type of Visas

Tourist Visa: 90-Day Single-Entry Tourist Visa

  • What is a Tourist Visa? A single-entry visa that is valid for tourism purposes for a total stay of 90 days
  • How to apply: Travellers that are required to have a visa, need to apply through the nearest Brunei embassy or consulate. Unfortunately, Brunei doesn’t have an electronic application system.
  • Cost: The price of the visa depends on your citizenship.
  • What do you need to apply? A current passport with six months validity and a minimum of one blank page, and the visa form, which can be downloaded on the official website

Other documents may be required but will vary based on your citizenship. The consulate will assist you with additional requirements.


Brunei: Extending your Visa

Currently, Brunei does NOT allow visa extensions.


Border Runs from Brunei

If you’ve nearly been in Brunei for the maximum allowed stay of 90 days, you may want to do a ‘border run’.

The most common border crossing from Brunei is via Miri in Malaysian Borneo.

Read more about doing visa runs in Southeast Asia here.

How many times can you re-enter Brunei via a border run? Currently, there is no law against border runs. You can attempt this process as often as you need as long as you follow the local immigration laws and do not overstay or misuse your visa.


Brunei: Overstaying your Visa

Penalties for Overstaying in Brunei

There is an official list of fines and penalties for overstaying your allocated time in Brunei. It can be viewed here. The below penalties apply to anyone remaining unlawfully in the country. (Subject to change.)

Overstaying under 90 days after visa/visa exemption expiry:

  • Fine of up to $4,000USD
  • Imprisonment (up to six months)

Overstaying over 90 days after visa/visa exemption expiry:

  • Imprisonment (starting at three months, going up to two years)
  • Whipping of at least three strokes
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Louis Wilhelm

Life on Earth has way too many facets and adventures readily available to be wasting time working in an office 50 hours a week! With this mindset, Louis eventually quit his poor work/life balance job and headed off to Southeast Asia. Passionate about languages, wildlife and the beauty of this planet, he has been on the road ever since. Taking notes on his journey to support like-minded people on similar adventures and also capturing amazing memories with his camera, has become the missing piece of the puzzle.

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