IN RESPONSE to the Opinion letter published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 titled ‘Immigration needs to simplify paperwork’ by ‘Dixie Normous’, the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs has duly noted the writer’s experience in applying for a visit visa to Brunei Darussalam for his wife. The department will take into account his recommendations and will take necessary steps to remedy the situation in order to improve further our services to the public in the near future.
The department would like to inform that all foreign nationals entering Brunei Darussalam are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from Brunei Darussalam’s diplomatic missions. Visa applications for visit purposes to Brunei Darussalam may also be lodged directly to the department by a local sponsor (Brunei Darussalam’s citizen or permanent resident) who is also the visitors’ close family relative. Submission of a completed visa application together with required documentations will be processed for approval by the authority and shall take between three and five working days. The approved visa can be collected from the Brunei Mission at the visitors’ country of origin and would be endorsed in their passport before entering the country.
Kindly be informed that the maximum visiting period allowed is up to three months. Visitors may apply to extend their stay subject to the department’s visa policies and procedures. Submission of completed documentations to extend the stay will be processed the same day.
The department would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and kindly invite the writer to visit the Visa and Diplomatic Section, Level 1, Headquarters of Department of Immigration and National Registration should he have further enquiries.
– Immigration and National Registration Department,
Ministry of Home Affairs