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Travel and Health Advisory on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

6 February 2020, 6:45 PM

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is closely monitoring the developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the directives and updates from the Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam, World Health Organisation and other Governmental Agencies.

The latest information from the Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam can be found at http://www.moh.gov.bn/SitePages/COVID-19.aspx

As of 11 February 2020, the Brunei Darussalam government has reviewed the following measures to control incoming visitors to Brunei Darussalam:

  • Any visitor from the Hubei Province or anyone holding a passport of the People’s Republic of China issued in Hubei will not be allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam;
  • Anyone who has traveled to Hubei Province within 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam will not be allowed to enter this country, except the people and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam;
  • Anyone who has been in China for 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam and allowed to enter the country will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days;
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in China (regardless of territory) may be allowed to return to Brunei Darussalam. They will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. In the meantime, any citizen or permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam in China is advised to postpone their return and is advised to seek the assistance of the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in China for further advice; and
  • The Ministry of Health will issue travel advice for Brunei Darussalam residents to prohibit any travel to Hubei Province and to postpone a non-essential trip to China

Self-Isolation Policy

As part of the national response to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) event affecting parts of the People’s Republic of China and several other countries, the Ministry of Health has introduced a self-isolation policy for individuals who have returned or are returning to Brunei Darussalam from the People’s Republic of China

  1. The policy contains the following:

Firstly: Anyone who has been in the People’s Republic of China for 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam and allowed to enter the country will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days;

Secondly: Citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China (regardless of province) are allowed to return to Brunei Darussalam. They will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. On this matter, any citizen or permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China and are sick or unwell, is advised to postpone their return to this country and is also advised to seek the assistance of the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in the People’s Republic of China for further advice; and

Thirdly: Upon their arrival in Brunei Darussalam, they should first report to the Port Health Office at the relevant point of entry, and inform the health officers on duty that they have just arrived from the People’s Republic of China. Forms to be filled will be given and information to guide the individual during this self-isolation period will be provided.

  1. The policy contains the following:
    • Firstly: Anyone who has been in the People’s Republic of China for 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam and allowed to enter the country will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days;
    • Secondly: Citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China (regardless of province) are allowed to return to Brunei Darussalam. They will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. On this matter, any citizen or permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China and are sick or unwell, is advised to postpone their return to this country and is also advised to seek the assistance of the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in the People’s Republic of China for further advice; and
    • Thirdly: Upon their arrival in Brunei Darussalam, they should first report to the Port Health Office at the relevant point of entry, and inform the health officers on duty that they have just arrived from the People’s Republic of China. Forms to be filled will be given and information to guide the individual during this self-isolation period will be provided.
  2. At the same time, members of the public are advised to not visit the People’s Republic of China and postpone any trips of non-importance to the People’s Republic of China. This is to control the entry of the disease into Brunei Darussalam, which has been known to have human to human transmission.
  3. The individuals who meet the self-isolation criteria, are obliged, under the Infectious Disease Act, Cap. 204, to refrain from any public activities, and to monitor their health for 14 days from the date of arrival back in Brunei Darussalam.
  4. During the self-isolation period, the individuals concerned should carefully monitor their health. They must seek immediate health advice and proceed to the nearest Health Centre if they develop symptoms of fever, or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath during the self-isolation period.
  5. Ministry of Health advises the public not to be alarmed or panic regarding this situation. The self-isolation policy has been introduced in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of the affected individual and the general public at large. The Ministry strongly urges the cooperation of all members of the public, employers, and other stakeholders in the implementation of this policy.
  6. Further information on the self-isolation policy can be found in the Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.bn or public may contact the Disease Control Division by email at [email protected] or by telephone on +(673)2380316 / +(673)2380318

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) does not recommend any trade or travel restrictions to affected areas or any specific measures for travelers. Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:

  • Avoid contact with sick live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

The safety of our crew and guests is our highest priority. We are working closely with the authorities to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and taking proactive measures for our guests and crew. Certain destinations within RB’s route network have imposed travel bans for guests based on nationalities, cities of origin or travel history and travel alerts for non-essential travel. Guests are recommended to check with respective governments or embassies/high commissions prior to travel.