Take swab test three to five days before travel

James Kon

Outbound travellers must undergo the swab test for SARS-CoV-2 three to five days before their flight date, subject to the terms and conditions of the country to which it is intended, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily press statement.

The MoH however reminded, “The results of the swab test will take time, and the ministry seeks the public’s patience in waiting for their test results.”

Swab tests for overseas travel can be carried out at the Berakas Health Centre and the Sports Complex of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

At the Berakas Health Centre, the swab tests for SARS-CoV-2 are available at 8am-12 noon and 2pm-4pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

On Friday, Sunday and public holidays, the swab tests are conducted from 2pm-5.30pm.
The SARS-CoV-2 swab tests at the Sports Complex of the RIPAS Hospital are conducted from 7am-10pm daily, except on public holidays.

Brunei Darussalam yesterday marked a week without any new COVID-19 cases, maintaining the national tally of confirmed cases at 145, including three active cases currently receiving treatment in the National Isolation Centre.

The MoH has taken 144 samples for testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the past 24 hours, and has carried out a total of 53,867 tests for the virus since January 2020.

A total of 390 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad, while 5,462 have completed their mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres since March 2020.

According to healthinfo.gov.bn, there had been 112 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 27 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Information and updates can be obtained from the MoH official website at www.moh.gov.bn, the Health Advice Line at 148, or through the BruHealth app.