Starting August 1, all citizens, residents and foreigners travelling through land control posts or checkpoints in Brunei Darussalam must pay exit and entry charges known as ‘Caj Perkhidmatan’ (CaP), which is BND3 per person for a one-way trip and BND6 per person for a return trip.
The implementation for Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 was announced by the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) yesterday.
But despite the latest announcement, the prohibition for Brunei citizens and residents to leave the country is still being maintained, as advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH). Those who intend to leave and enter Brunei are still required to obtain clearance from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The MoFE said, “By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the MoFE hereby announces that His Majesty has consented to the implementation of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 which will be enforced on August 1, 2020.
“This order gives the Controller of Customs and Excise, Royal Customs and Excise Department the power to charge any person who intends to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam through the land control posts (checkpoints).
“The main objective for the implementation of these charges, named ‘Caj Perkhidmatan’ (CaP), is to standardise the imposition of payments or charges that are imposed to the public upon either leaving or entering Brunei via air and sea. With the enforcement of this Order, toll charges at Rasau Bridge in the Belait District will be eliminated on the date mentioned earlier.”
“This charge will be imposed on all citizens including Brunei citizens who intend to leave or enter Brunei through the land control posts (checkpoints), either by vehicle or as a pedestrian, with a charge rate of BND3 per person for each one-way trip. For example, a return trip to Miri, Sarawak will cost BND6 per person.
“The charge will not be applicable to occupants of a vehicle belonging to the Government of His Majesty or a government of another country when used for official purposes; a vehicle belonging to the military forces of Brunei; vehicle being used for firefighting, ambulance or police purposes; a vehicle being used for funerals; public officers in the Government of His Majesty in the execution of their official duties; a child of the age of two years or below; consular officers and consular employees as defined in Article 1 in the First Schedule to the Consular Relations Act (Chapter 118) and members of their families; and a diplomatic agent as defined in the Schedule to the Diplomatic Privileges (Vienna Convention) Act (Chapter 117).”
Members of the public who intend to leave or enter Brunei by land may register and submit their applications to the Royal Customs and Excise Department via the Exit and Entry System (EES) at https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.
The steps for application are similar to the Vehicle Entry-Exit System (VES) which was previously implemented by Royal Customs and Excise Department. Payment can be made through the online system.
Those who intend to travel by land are advised to register, apply and pay through the online system prior to travelling. Travelling documents must be valid at least three months before the travel date, as required by the Immigration and National Registration Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).
Meanwhile, roadshows to disseminate information on CaP will be held for penghulus and village heads in all districts.
In the Belait District, the roadshow was held at the Kuala Belait Convention Hall yesterday.
In Temburong District, the roadshow will be held at the Pekan Bangar Civic Centre of the Temburong District tomorrow.
In the Tutong District, the roadshow will be held at the Main Hall of the Tutong District Civic Centre Complex on July 13.
In the Brunei-Muara District, roadshows will be held at the Theatre Hall of the MoFE building on July 14, 16 and 18.
All roadshows will be held from 8.30-10.30am.
For enquiries, contact the Royal Customs and Excise Department at 2382361 or 8323741 during office hours or e-mail [email protected]