I would like to seek clarification on 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 expanding its travel ban on flights from Europe, including those from the United Kingdom (UK), announced yesterday.
The UK is one of the most preferred countries for local and non-local students from Brunei Darussalam for higher education.
Now that there is a travel ban on flights arriving from Europe and the UK, how can students who are not local but studying there fly back to be with their families? These students grew up in the Sultanate and call it home.
I understand that the travel ban does not apply to citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam including those with Green ICs.
However, most of these non-local students do not hold Green ICs anymore as they have left the country for studies.
With most universities suspending face-to-face learning for the rest of the academic year, some students would prefer to go home to their families.
Would they be barred from entering Brunei Darussalam or would they need to reapply for Green ICs or go through different applications?
Can the authorities clarify?