Swab test charges apply to children too

Rokiah Mahmud

Charges for compulsory COVID-19 testing will also apply for children travelling abroad with their parents.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said this in response to a question during a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

“It also applies to children, as it’s not about the age, but the test itself,” he said. The minister said outbound travellers from Brunei will have to undergo testing and pay for it, particularly if they are travelling to countries requiring a certificate of negative COVID-19 results.

The charge is BND100 for Brunei citizens and residents, and BND200 for non-citizens.

Meanwhile, those who have taken a COVID-19 swab test abroad will still need to undergo another test upon arrival in the country.

“One day, we will reach a mutual agreement with certain countries to facilitate the travel procedures, but until then, we will still carry out the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that we currently have,” said Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham.

“This means that anyone arriving in Brunei Darussalam will be required to undergo the COVID-19 swab test.”