The Prime Minister’s Office wishes to respond to the Opinion letter by A Concerned Resident, entitled ‘Shorter quarantine period amid 2nd wave is too risky’, dated October 24 in the Weekend Bulletin.
First and foremost, 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 would like to assure the public that the relevant authorities are constantly assessing and monitoring the ever-changing situation of COVID-19 within the country, regionally and globally, in order to ensure precautionary and safety measures, such as the guidelines on outbound and inbound travels, are in line with the current health protocols.
At the moment, all travellers arriving in Brunei Darussalam are immediately transported to a specified accommodation. They are required to undergo mandatory self-isolation at a designated hotel for a period of up to 14 days, depending on the risk assessment by the Ministry of Health (MoH).
During this period, the travellers are prohibited from having physical contact with unauthorised persons. And based on the risk assessment by the MoH, the post-arrival COVID-19 (RT-PCR) swab test is carried out on either the first, fifth or 10th day after arrival.
Failure to comply with any of the requirements is an offence under Chapter 204 of the Infectious Diseases Act.
The government will inform the public of any COVID-19 developments from time to time.
For information on inbound travel, refer to the guidelines found at www.pmo.gov.bn/travelportal, or contact the Travel Hotline at 120 or the Health Advice Line at 148.
Prime Minister’s Office