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All locals travelling overseas must be medically insured

In response to Peanut Man’s letter, ‘Seeking clarification on land travel’, published in the Opinion section of the Bulletin on June 11, the Secretariat to the Steering Committee on COVID-19 would like to reiterate that all citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam, who wish to travel abroad for any short visits, including day trips, are required to obtain a travel medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage before their departure.

This requirement also applies to foreigners wishing to travel to the Sultanate for short stays.

The travel medical insurance is intended to protect travellers from medical costs that may be incurred in case of any illness as well as COVID-19 infection; it is a requirement announced by the committee in a media statement regarding the cessation of the Early Endemic Phase on May 24.

Subsequently, through another media statement on June 9, the committee also announced the revision of the minimum travel insurance coverage of BND20,000 required for all types of travel – air, land and sea.

With the implementation of the Exit and Entry Charges Act (Chapter 232) on October 1, 2020, toll charges at the Rasau Bridge in Belait District are no longer imposed. Any person intending to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam through the land control posts either via vehicle or as a pedestrian will be subjected to Caj Perkhidmatan (CaP) with a charge rate of BND3 per person each way.

Thus, a return trip to Miri, Sarawak in Malaysia from Sungai Tujoh Control Post will cost BND6 per person. As such, public members intending to leave or enter the Sultanate via the checkpoints are reminded to register and submit their application to the Royal Customs and Excise Department through the Exit and Entry System (EES), which can be accessed via CaP will be payable upon the traveller’s registration with the system.

Prime Minister’s Office