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Travel Advisory during COVID-19

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) makes its best effort to update the information reflected in all COVID-19 Information Hub pages regularly, however entry or exit requirements and other travel requirements may change at very short notice. We advise our guests to check the latest advisory issued by relevant governments or authorities and be well-informed on all the travel requirements before their trip. Please note it is our guests’ responsibility to ensure they meet the travel criteria and have all appropriate approvals and documents for travel. Without this RB is not permitted to allow guests to travel in-line with international air transport regulations. RB shall not be held responsible for any guests being denied boarding for not meeting the travel requirements.

This section gives a summary applicable to foreign nationals entering or exiting Brunei Darussalam. Full entry/exit requirements can be found on the Travel PortalPlease note it is our guests’ responsibility to ensure they meet the travel criteria and have all appropriate approvals and documents for travel. Without this RB is not permitted to allow guests to travel in-line with international air transport regulations. RB shall not be held responsible for any guests being denied boarding for not meeting the travel requirements.

Failure to comply to any of the requirements is an offense under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and if found guilty, will be liable to a fine for up to $10,000 or imprisonment for a period of up to 6 months or both.

Exiting Brunei on and after 15 September 2022

Destination Country Requirements

  • It is travellers’ responsibility to check and fulfill other requirements as required by the destination country to visit.  
  • Should destination countries to visit require travellers to undergo RT-PCT test or ART before departure, travellers may undergo RT-PCR test at health center or private health clinic that provides services for RT-PCR test or ART at certified ART centres.
  • Travellers are advised to check Visa requirement of the country to visit before exiting Brunei.  Travellers need to check with foreign embassies or refer destination country’s website for latest Visa requirement.

Travel Medical Insurance

Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents travellers who are travelling for a short trip before 1 December 2022, must obtain Travel Medical Insurance with COVID-19 coverage of a minimum coverage of BND 20,000 from Brunei-based or overseas insurer.   The insurance must be valid for the duration of their stay in the destination country. 

The following travellers are exempted from being required to obtain Travel Medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage: 

  • Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents travelling overseas for employment, for studies, as eligible dependents or hold a long-term visa/immigration pass in the destination country.
  • Permanent Residents who are travelling to their country of nationality.
  • Civil servants who are travelling overseas for official travel sponsored by Government of Brunei Darussalam.

Starting 1 December 2022, Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents travellers are no longer required to obtain Travel Medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage.  Travellers wishing to obtain such insurance for their own peace of mind are welcome to do so.

Form and application

  • Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents travellers are required to complete registration through the e-Register system at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website.  This is ease communication in the event that assistance is required during emergency or crisis.
  • Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei exiting Brunei for education (Private Student) who will begin their studies overseas or returning to the country of studies must complete Ministry of Education’s Registration Form for private student.

Vaccination status

Starting 15 September 2022, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer be an entry or exit requirement for Brunei Darussalam.

Mask policy on RB Flights

As per the updated regulations by Brunei government, effective 15 September 2022, use of face mask onboard RB flights is no longer mandatory with the following exception:

  • for guests travelling to a country/destination where face mask is required, and/or
  • for guests exhibiting symptoms of an infection.

As Brunei travel requirements may change at short notice, please refer to the latest travel advisory issued by the Brunei government and Prime Minister’s Office before your departure. If the information differs from our travel advisory, it is recommended that you follow the official guidance from Prime Minister’s Office, as we may still be processing the latest regulatory changes.

Entering into Brunei on and after 15 September 2022

Visa requirement for Foreign travellers

Foreign travellers are advised to check Visa requirements before entering Brunei Darussalam in accordance with regulations that are currently enforced.  Visa requirements can be referred from Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Travel Medical Insurance

Foreign travellers who are on short-term visit into Brunei Darussalam before 1 December 2022, must obtain Travel Medical Insurance with COVID-19 coverage of a minimum coverage of BND 20,000 from Brunei-based or overseas insurer.   The insurance must be valid for the duration of their stay in Brunei Darussalam. 

The following travellers are exempted from being required to obtain Travel Medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage: 

  • Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents returning to Brunei Darussalam.
  • Foreign nationals entering Brunei Darussalam for the purpose of long-term visit such as employment, studying or as eligible dependent.

Starting 1 December 2022, foreign travellers are no longer required to obtain Travel Medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage.  Travellers wishing to obtain such insurance for their own peace of mind are welcome to do so.

Vaccination status

Starting 15 September 2022, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer be an entry or exit requirement for Brunei Darussalam.

With the above, non-fully vaccinated travellers are not required to undergo post-arrival COVID-19 tests.

Form and application

Starting 15 September 2022, travellers are not required to complete Arrival Declaration Form (ADF) before travelling into Brunei Darussalam.

Mask policy on RB Flights

As per the updated regulations by Brunei government, effective 15 September 2022, use of face mask onboard RB flights is no longer mandatory with the following exception:

  • for guests travelling to a country/destination where face mask is required, and/or
  • for guests exhibiting symptoms of an infection.

As Brunei travel requirements may change at short notice, please refer to the latest travel advisory issued by the Brunei government and Prime Minister’s Office before your departure. If the information differs from our travel advisory, it is recommended that you follow the official guidance from Prime Minister’s Office, as we may still be processing the latest regulatory changes.

All guests arriving into Australia are reminded to comply with all other requirements set-forth by the Australian government and state/territories. Please check the latest requirements to confirm your eligibility before booking.

All guests arriving into Australia who do not meet these criteria will be subjected to Australia’s travel restrictions as well as state or territory quarantine requirements of the jurisdiction where they arrive into Australia. If you do not meet these criteria and wish to travel to Australia, please contact Royal Brunei Airlines to make arrangements.

International guests arriving in New South Wales, Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory are not automatically permitted to transit to another state or territory. Guests are advised to check interstate travel requirements.

Masks are mandatory for the duration of the flight and while in Australian airports, and should also be worn in airports in other countries. 

Travelling to Australia on or after 18 April 2022

For more information on the travel requirements to/from Australia, you may visit the following links.

From 6 July 2022, the followings are no longer needed:

  • Travellers travelling to and departing Australia are no longer required to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders will not require a travel exemption
  • Travellers are no longer required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration

All travellers entering Singapore on/after 1 April 2022 are subjected to Singapore’s new Vaccinated Travel Framework. Travel requirements via the Vaccinated Travel Framework is dependent on the traveller’s vaccination status.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore has provided detailed travel requirement checklist for the following traveller’s profile:

Malaysia has reopened its borders to international travellers.  All travellers are to comply with the travel requirements by the Malaysian government.  We advise our guests to check the latest advisory issued by relevant governments or authorities and be well-informed on all the travel requirements before their trip.  Malaysia’s travel requirement can be checked from safetravel.gov.my.

Take note that requirements may change last minute and it is travellers’ responsibility to have all necessary approvals and/or documentation for travel.

In accordance with the Philippines Department of Transport, guests entering and departing from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) are required to wear a face mask onboard the aircraft and at the airport (face shields are optional). All passengers are no longer required to download and register an account in the TRAZE CONTACT TRACING mobile app prior to entering The Philippines.

In compliance with Philippines regulations, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), guests are required to follow the arrival and quarantine protocols for non-OFWs and returning Overseas Filipinos & Foreign Nationals when travelling to The Philippines. Guests are reminded that it is their responsibility to follow, meet all entry/exit guidelines of The Philippines and pre-book Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)-accredited quarantine hotel.

Starting 2 December 2022, eArrival Card/One Health Pass will be replaced with eTravel declaration.  All passengers are required to fill in the eTravel declaration before their arrival into Manila.  It is recommended for travellers complete their registration within 72 hours prior departure at the country of origin to avoid inconvenience upon arrival.

Philippine's Fully vaccinated criteria

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is considered:

  • If travellers has received the second dose in a 2-dose of COVID-19 vaccines series OR
  • If travellers has received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than fourteen (14) days before the departure date of country of origin

Travel Requirement-For Vaccinated Travellers

  1. Fully vaccinated Filipinos and Foreign Nationals are no longer required to do pre-departure test.
  2. Fully vaccinated Filipinos and Foreign Nationals are those:
    • With primary vaccine are allowed to enter the Philippines provided that the last dose is received 14 days before date of departure.  Booster is no longer required.
    • Possess and present any of the following proofs of vaccination:
      • World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis;
      • VaxCertPH;
      • National or state manual/digital vaccination certificate of the country/foreign government;
      • Other proof of vaccination.

Travel Requirement-For Unvaccinated Travellers, Partially Vaccinated

  1. Filipinos and Foreign Nationals travellers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or those with vaccinations which cannot be verified are allowed to enter the Philippines provided that travellers take antigen test for COVID-19 24 hours before travel.
  2. Antigen test is available upon arrival for purchase, however, passenger is encouraged to take the COVID-19 test before travelling into the Philippines.  This is to avoid the inconvenience of queuing in order to be tested upon arrival and waiting for the result to be released.
  3. Filipinos and Foreign Nationals of age fifteen (15) years or older shall present a remotely supervised, or a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test result administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
  4. Filipinos and Foreign nationals of age fifteen (15) years or older who fail to present negative pre-departure testing with conditions set forth above, shall be required to undergo a laboratory-based rapid antigen negative test administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishment taken upon arrival at the airport.
  5. Accompanied minors of age below fifteen (15) years who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever shall follow the quarantine protocols of their parent/s or an accompanying adult/guardian traveling with them.
  6. Unaccompanied minors of age below 15 years who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever shall follow the protocols set forth in #3 and #4 above.

Additional requirements for Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals must:

  1. Hold passport with a validity of at least 6 months at the time of entry into the Philippines.
  2. Have a valid visa (if applicable) for those who are not entitled to a visa-free entry in the Philippines, as well those with immigrant and non-immigrant status.
  3. Have a valid onward/return ticket to port of origin or next port of destination. This is exempted for:
    • Foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens who are travelling with them.
    • Former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privileges under Republic Act  No. 9174, including their spouse and/or children, who are travelling with them.

Isolation and Quarantine

In the event that travelers tested positive for COVID-19, they will be subjected to undergo further testing validation, mandatory facility quarantine and recovery as implemented by the Philippines Bureau of Quarantine and Department of Health (DOH).

As of 4am on 18 March 2022, all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are not required to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the United Kingdom from abroad.

We advise our guests to check the latest advisory issued by relevant governments or authorities and be well-informed on all the travel requirements before their trip. Please note it is our guests’ responsibility to ensure they meet the travel criteria and have all appropriate approvals and documents for travel. Without this, RB is not permitted to allow guests to travel in-line with international air transport regulations. RB shall not be responsible for any guests being denied boarding for not meeting the travel requirements.

Effective 1 December 2020, All China-bound guests, regardless of nationalities, are required to present a green HS code (Chinese nationals) or HDC code (Foreign nationals) on their mobile devices or in print in order to board the flight. Guests are advised to upload copies of their negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) result and a negative IgM anti-body test from an authorized testing institution; within 2 days before boarding via Wechat (Chinese nationals) or website https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5 (Foreign nationals) and fill in the required information. The Chinese Embassy will issue a green HS code (Chinese nationals) or HDC code (Foreign nationals) as soon as it verifies the results. Guests who fail to present all required documents will be denied boarding.

Effective 20 May 2021, all travellers into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, except for Saudi citizens, are required to complete institutional quarantine at their own expense starting from the time of arrival at the institutional quarantine facilities. Travellers must have valid medical insurance to cover the treatment of COVID-19. The medical insurance should also cover the costs of treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies, and hospitals; including institutional quarantine for a period of up to 14 days.

Immune travellers must fill out the Registration Immunization Information Form before traveling to the Kingdom to allow them to register their immunization data which will enable them to use TAWAKKALNA APP. This does not apply to Saudi Citizens and exempted categories.

For more information, you may contact the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)’s Passenger Care Center with toll free number 8001168888 or enquire through social media (@GacaCare), e-mail ([email protected]), or the Authority’s website: (gaca.gov.sa).

Please click here for details of the temporary suspension on travelling to and from countries within the Indian subcontinent.

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced in a press release on 28 December 2021 that in view of the latest global developments of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Brunei Darussalam will be specified as Group A specified places from 00:00hrs on 31 December 2021 to tighten the boarding and quarantine requirements for relevant inbound travellers.

  • Non-Hong Kong residents are not allowed to enter Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong residents can only board a flight for Hong Kong
    • If they have stayed in the same country in the previous 14 days
    • Have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognised vaccination record
    • Hold a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid test collected within 48 hours before departure
    • They will have to undergo compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel for 7 nights or 14 nights upon returning to Hong Kong. Refer to the official Hong Kong Government website for full quarantine requirements.
  • Details on the relevant boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements for respective specified places can be found here.

Brunei-issued vaccination booklet (yellow booklet) is not recognised as a valid proof of vaccination status. Using your BruHealth app, download a digital copy of your vaccination certificate to be used as a valid proof of vaccination status.

Travellers arriving into Indonesia are reminded to comply with the requirements set by the destination’s government and  may change last minute.  It is travellers’ responsibility to check the latest requirements and have all necessary approvals and/or documentation for travel.

Electronic Custom Declaration (e-CD) - Jakarta & Surabaya

Travellers arriving Jakarta are required to complete Electronic Custom Declaration (e-CD) three (3) days before arriving to Jakarta & Surabaya.

QR code will then be generated for travellers and to be shown custom officer.

Vaccination

  • Show a (physical or digital) card or certificate as a proof of vaccination status except for:
    • Nationals of Indonesia
    • Travellers under the age of 18 years
    • Travellers with conditions which prevent from receiving vaccination provided that there is a supporting doctor’s reference stating traveller is unable to receive COVID-19 vaccination
  • Fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccination at least fourteen  (14) days before departure.
  • Travellers who only received one dose out of two dose are not considered fully vaccinated even if they have recovered from COVID-19.

COVID-19 recovered patients

COVID-19 recovered patients must have tested positive a maximum of 30 days prior to departure.

COVID-19 recovered patients must:

  • Show doctor’s reference of COVID-19 recovery certificate from government hospital of the country of departure

COVID-19 recovered patients are exempted from:

  • Showing card or certificate of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Negative COVID-19 result through RT-PCR test

Insurance

Foreign nationals must show a proof of health insurance which includes the coverage for COVID-19 treatment and medical evacuation.

Quarantine

Condition Quarantine requirement
Not fully vaccinated 5 days
Not fully vaccinated (with proof from doctor stating traveller is unable to receive COVID-19 vaccination) No quarantine
Fully vaccinated (with second or third dose) No quarantine
Travellers under the age of 18 years Follows the quarantine provisions imposed to their parents/caregivers/travel companions

In the event of international travellers need to carry out quarantine at their own expense, they are required to show the payment confirmation as a proof of quarantine accommodation booking.  The confirmation must be from the accommodation provider while staying in Indonesia.

Post-arrival COVID-19 test

Travellers are subject to COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival.  More details on the conditions can be checked here.

Mobile Application

Travellers are required to download and use PeduliLindungi app before departure into Indonesia.

Starting 1 June 2022, entry measures into Thailand are as below.  Please note that Quarantine Health officer will review the validity of traveller’s documents upon your arrival.

For Thai Nationals

  • Thailand pass is not required.
  • Quarantine and COVID-19 test upon arrival are not required upon entering Thailand.
  • Fully vaccinated Thai nationals must present certificate of vaccination.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated Thai nationals must present a professional ATK COVID-19 test results issued 72 hours before departure.

For Foreign Nationals

  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals must register Thailand pass before departure.
    Thailand pass QR code will be issued automatically within 1-2 after complete registration of Thailand pass.
  • Must present certificate of vaccination upon check-in at the airport.
  • Must present proof of insurance with at least USD 10,000 coverage for medical treatments in Thailand.

All United Arab Emirates (UAE) residents, visitors and tourist can enter Dubai.  However, visitor and tourists have to meet the visa requirements (if needed) before travelling into Dubai.  Refer here for visa requirements to enter UAE.

It is travellers’ responsibility to check the latest requirements and have all necessary approvals and/or documentation for travel.

  1. Be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the UAE.
  2. All travellers arriving into the UAE are no longer required to present a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or perform PCR tests.
  3. Recovered COVID-19 traveller must present a valid medical certificate from the relevant authorities issued within one month before the date of arrival.  The certificate must contain a QR code.

The following people are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate at the departure airport:

  • all UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country
  • non‑UAE nationals accompanying a first‑degree UAE national family member
  • domestic workers accompanying a UAE national sponsor.

The following people are exempt from being tested for COVID-19:

  • children below 12 years of age
  • passengers with moderate to severe disabilities.

Note:

Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures.
All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, have a hearing impairment or are physically challenged, must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate as per the requirements.

Travellers arriving into Korea are reminded to comply with the requirements set by the destination’s government and may change last minute.  It is travellers’ responsibility to check the latest requirements and have all necessary approvals and/or documentation for travel.

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test or PCR is no longer required upon arrival to South Korea.
  • Foreigners must have a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA).  This should be applied at least 72 hours before departure.
  • Travellers must register their personal information in the Korean Q-code registration system before travelling to South Korea.   QR code for arrival will be generated and must be presented upon arrival at South Korea.

Japan has reopened its border to international travellers.  All travellers are to comply with the travel requirements by their government.  We advise our guests to check the latest advisory issued by relevant government or authorities and be well-informed on all travel requirements before their trip.

Vaccinated travellers

  • Travellers must hold a valid vaccine certificate.
    • Certificate must be issued government or public institution.
    • Items in the certificate must be indicated in Japanese or English
    • It must be clearly stated on the certificate that the applicant has received three (3) doses of any of the vaccines listed on the WHO’s Emergency Use List.
  • Travellers are not required for pre-departure COVID-19 test.
  • Travellers are encouraged to fill up the questionnaire from FAST TRACK
  • The following countermeasures should be taken to prevent the spread of the infection:
    • To wear face mask indoors.
    • To sanitize hand thoroughly and wash hand frequently.
    • Avoid the three C’s (closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings).

Unvaccinated travellers

  • Travellers who does not have a valid vaccination certificate must obtain a certificate of test for COVID-19 (confirming negative) within 72 hours of departure.  Without the certificate, travellers are not permitted to land in Japan.
  • Children under the age of 18 years without a valid vaccination certificate but travelling with guardian with a valid vaccination certificate, will adhere to same protocol as valid vaccination certificates.
  • Travellers are encouraged to fill up the questionnaire from FAST TRACK
  • The following countermeasures should be taken to prevent the spread of the infection:
    • To wear face mask indoors.
    • To sanitize hand thoroughly and wash hand frequently.
    • Avoid the three C’s (closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings).