Travellers heading for Limbang, Lawas must heed Brunei’s new transit rules, says Sarawak Transport Minister

Azlan Othman

Malaysians who want to travel by land to Limbang and Lawas via Brunei Darussalam must comply with the Sultanate’s latest entry declaration requirement enforced on Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19, said Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

He said that Brunei now requires foreign travellers to fill the transit declaration form and prohibit them from making any stops until they have left the country, during a press conference on Tuesday.

Lee, who heads the Miri Division Disaster Management Committee, said the form can be downloaded from the Brunei Immigration and National Registration Department website at www.immigration.gov.bn.

“This application must be submitted five days earlier before the travelling date,” he said. Lee said applicants must attach a copy of their passport and the travelling approval documents either from the Royal Malaysia Police Force (PDRM) or the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and email it to [email protected] for approval.

Upon receiving the approval notification, he said travellers have to print it to be presented for clearance at the Customs Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Centre at the border posts in the Sultanate during their journey.

Although the Brunei immigration checkpoint operation hours are from 6am until 6pm, transit travellers must enter the Sultanate before 4pm, said Lee.

Brunei has also fixed a non-stop travelling time from one border post to another such as two hours from Sungai Tujoh Control Post to Kuala Lurah Temporary Control Post and Sungai Tujoh Control Post to Serasa Ferry Terminal Control Post.

File photo of Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin. PHOTO: NST