Aziz Idris & Azlan Othman
Brunei Darussalam is among a dozen countries placed on England’s first “green list”, allowing people to go abroad and return home without the need to undergo quarantine.
United Kingdom (UK) Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Friday announced that international travel can begin to safely re-open from May 17, allowing people to go on holidays to green list countries.
The ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will lift on May 17, meaning leisure travel from England will no longer be illegal.
However, speaking at a No 10 press conference, the Transport Secretary outlined how strict border control measures will remain in place, as international travel gradually resumes.
Different levels of restriction will be applied to individuals returning to England from countries, based on the traffic light system set out by the Global Travel Taskforce.
In total, 12 countries and territories have been added to the green list including Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, Faroe Islands, and Gibraltar and Falkland Islands.
However, many “green list” countries will continue to place restrictions on UK travellers, including quarantine measures. Passengers are encouraged to check requirements and FCDO travel advice before booking any foreign travel.
The lists will be reviewed every three weeks, informed by public health advice, including the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s assessment of the latest data. The regular review points will allow the government to balance helping the public understand COVID requirements when travelling to England, while allowing us to constantly evaluate the risk for different countries.
Brunei Darussalam has recorded no local COVID-19 transmission for a year, since May 8, 2020. Imported cases reached 230 on Friday.
In minimising the risk of disease importation into the country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Brunei government has enforced stringent policies and procedures for both inbound and outbound travel.