Roadshow on new Order held in Tutong

James Kon

With the enforcement of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 on August 1, citizens and residents intending to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam through the land control posts (checkpoints) either by vehicle or as a pedestrian will need to pay Caj Perkhidmatan (CaP), with a charge rate of BND3 per person for each one-way trip and BND6 per person for a return trip.

Failing to make payment before entering or exiting Brunei Darussalam is an offence under Section 6 (3) of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020. If found guilty, the penalty is a fine of not more than BND1,000 or imprisonment of not more than three months or both.

Those who fail to comply with the Order can also be levied with a compound fine of not more than BND500 under Section 16 of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020.

Providing false or incorrect information is an offence under Section 13 of the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020.

If found guilty, the offender will face a fine of not more than BND8,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.

These offences under the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 were highlighted by Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) Suraya binti Haji Jaidin, at a roadshow organised by the Royal Customs and Excise Department in the Tutong District yesterday.

ABOVE & BELOW: Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong and Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain and officials at the roadshow; and Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Suraya binti Haji Jaidin delivers her presentation with Acting Controller of Customs and Excise Haji Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong and Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, and Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain attended the roadshow.

The permanent secretary explained the main objective for CaP is to standardise payments or charges imposed on the public upon either leaving or entering Brunei Darussalam via air and sea.

With the enforcement of this Order, toll charges at the Rasau Bridge in the Belait District will be eliminated on August 1.

The 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 or checkpoints.

Those who intend to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam by land may register and submit their applications to the Royal Customs and Excise Department via the Exit and Entry System (EES), which can be accessed at https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.

The steps for application are similar to the Vehicle Entry-Exit System (VES) previously implemented by the Royal Customs and Excise Department.

Additional information such as the driver and passengers’ details, along with payment, can be made through the online system.

The permanent secretary highlighted that the prohibition for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to leave the country is still being maintained as advised by the Ministry of Health. Those intending to leave and enter this country must first obtain clearance from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The charge will not be applicable to occupants of a vehicle belonging to the Government 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 or a government of another country when it is being used for official purpose, a vehicle which belongs to the military forces of Brunei Darussalam, a vehicle used for firefighting, ambulance or police purposes, a vehicle used for funeral purposes, public officers in the Government of His Majesty in the execution of official duties, a child aged two 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).

The MoFE advises those intending to pass through the land control posts to register, apply and pay through the online system prior to travelling.

Meanwhile, roadshows for the Brunei-Muara District will be held today, as well as on July 16 and 18, at the MoFE Theatre Hall.