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U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan BC4115, Brunei Darussalam
Telephone: +(673) 238-7500
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(673) 873-0691
U.S. passport holders must have at least six months’ validity remaining on their passport before entering Brunei for business or pleasure, and are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Brunei for visits of 90 days or longer. Travelers who apply for visas are also required to have at least six blank passport pages. Effective on February 9, 2023, travelers are also required to obtain an E-Arrival Card registration approval before arrival to Brunei by air, land, and sea. Transit travelers are exempted from this requirement. The online E-Arrival Card registration is separate from visa requirements. No payment is required for the registration. For further information about entry or exit requirements, travelers may consult the Consular Section of the Embassy of Brunei, 3520 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 237-1838, or visit the Embassy of Brunei website for the most current visa information.
You may be subjected to a medical examination upon arrival in Brunei Darussalam. Travelers may be quarantined if infected or suspected to be infected with an infectious disease or if travelers have had contact with such a person.
Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
U.S. citizens in Brunei should be vigilant regarding their personal security, maintain a low profile, vary times and routes during their daily routines, and report any suspicious activity to the local police and to the U.S. Embassy.
Noting several past terrorist bombings in Indonesia, the Department of State continues to be concerned that terrorist groups, such as those claiming affiliation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have the capability to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the region.
Crime: Most crimes that occur in Brunei are non-violent crimes of opportunity, including residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.
Victims of Crime:
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules on best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. In remote areas, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to respond, stabilize a patient, and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Brunei’s civil penal code and Sharia Penal Code (commonly known as “the sharia law”) operate in parallel, and both include provisions for corporal and capital punishment.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage on arrests and detentions for further information.
Dual Nationality: Brunei does not recognize or permit dual nationality. Brunei nationals are expected to enter and exit the country on their Brunei passports. Should Brunei authorities learn that a person is a dual national, they may require immediate renunciation of the citizenship of either the other nation or Brunei.
Customs Regulations: Brunei customs authorities enforce strict import/export regulations. Contact the Embassy of Brunei in Washington, DC, for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTQI+ Travelers: Same-sex acts are criminalized in Brunei under Civil Law and also under the Sharia Penal Code.
See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Brunei, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
There is adequate care for basic medical conditions in Brunei; however, for certain elective surgery or complicated care the best medical care in the region is obtained in Singapore or Bangkok.
For emergency services in Brunei:
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Most private care providers in Brunei accept major credit cards or cash payments, and some may accept local bank transfers. Public care providers only accept cash payments. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Embassy of Brunei in Washington, DC, to ensure the medication is legal in Brunei.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Marijuana for medical use, even with a prescription, is not legal in Brunei.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Brunei has an extensive network of roads comparable to those in most western countries, and they are well maintained.
View the Brunei Land Transport Department office website for information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Brunei, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Brunei’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Brunei should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website.