Isolation period for travellers shortened

James Kon

Starting today, individuals wishing to enter Brunei whether Bruneian citizens or foreigners, are allowed to shorten the mandatory isolation period in hotels for a period of between one to seven days if they fulfil the amended strict requirements and subjected to a risk assessment of the country they departed from.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced the latest amendments on the conditions imposed on those allowed to enter the Sultanate during the daily press conference yesterday.

On the conditions, the minister said, “The RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 required for any individual, Bruneian citizen or foreigner, wishing to enter the country must be performed no less than 48 hours before arriving in the country.”

For those who completed the COVID-19 vaccination of which their second dose was obtained more than 14 days from the date of entry into the country, he said, “They will be allowed to shorten the mandatory isolation period in the isolation hotel for a period of between one to seven days, subject to a risk assessment of the country they departed from.

“They are required to upload the status and proof of their vaccination inside the arrival declaration application system for citizens or permanent residents of Brunei or entry travel pass for foreign nationals.

“The shortening of the isolation period however, is subject to several factors such as the type of vaccine, a negative RT-PCR swab test for SARS-CoV-2 performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure to the country (pre-departure swab), and a second RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in the country. It should be noted that the consideration for applications for admissions of foreign nationals into this country at this time is only for essential travel that is of important matter.”

For those who do not have a complete vaccination, including those whose second dose is less than 14 days from the date of arrival in the country, he said, “They will be required to undergo mandatory self-isolation in hotels according to the current procedures.”