Sarawak hails Brunei’s decision on COVID-19 test validity

Azlan Othman

Extending the validity period of negative COVID-19 test results to 14 days, as a condition to enter Brunei Darussalam through its land control posts would benefit those frequently travelling through the Sultanate.

This was said by Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Malaysian media reported.

“Extending the validity period of COVID-19 negative test results will ease the burden of frequent travellers particularly those in essential services, due to the cost of taking the test,” he said.

The Bukit Kota assemblyman extended his gratitude to Brunei on behalf of his constituency, saying the decision will strengthen bilateral ties between Malaysia and Brunei.

The condition for the validity period is applicable for entry of foreigners into Brunei for transit, commute and commercial purposes.

With the consent 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 and in reference to the press release published on September 30, the Prime Minister’s Office issued an update on the measures implemented for foreigners entering Brunei by land from Monday.

Foreigners entering the country through land control posts are required to carry out SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR laboratory test before entering Brunei. The copy of the test result must be forwarded to the Immigration and National Registration Department at the entry post.

Negative result can be used for 14 days from the day the test was carried out. This requirement is for foreigners entering the country for transit, commute and transport, including drivers and passengers.

Foreigners with Entry Travel Pass also need to show SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR result from tests carried out within 72 hours before entering the country. The Ministry of Health (MoH) will also carry out random testing among those entering the country through land borders.

Entry for foreign commercial transportation endorsed by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) through land borders will be limited to three times a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.