Both modern and timeless, this peaceful and prosperous nation is a refreshing tourist destination
ENTERING THE COUNTRY
FormalitiesThe Brunei Government requires all visitors to have a valid passport and onward tickets or sufficient funds to support themselves while in the country. All nationalities, except holders of Israeli passports, may obtain a 72-hour transit visa upon arrival. All other visitors visiting Brunei for a short or extended period must obtain a visa (if applicable) from the Brunei Darussalam diplomatic missions abroad. For further details and information regarding visa and entry procedures, please visit www.mofat.gov.bn
CustomsArriving passengers over the age of 17 years may bring in the following items for personal consumption or use:
CIGARETTESPassengers will be charged duty on cigarettes at B$0.25 tax per stick, equal to B$5 per pack of 20 sticks of cigarettes, and B$50 for one carton of 10 packs. All passengers will be charged duty for any import of tobacco products.
SMOKINGEffective from 1 March 2012, smoking in Brunei is prohibited in all enclosed public and work places. Other nonsmoking areas include sidewalks near business premises and within a six metre radius of smoke-free buildings, as well as all means of public transport.
ALCOHOLNon-Muslim passengers over the age of 17 years may bring in two bottles of liquor equivalent to two litres and 12 cans of beer for personal consumption. This must be declared to customs upon arrival.
DRUGSThe carrying and possession of contraband items such as drugs is strictly prohibited and is considered a serious offence in the country.
INOCULATIONYellow fever inoculations are required for visitors aged one year and above arriving from infected areas. Malaria, cholera and smallpox have been eliminated in Brunei and therefore inoculation is not required.
LOCAL TIMEBrunei is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +8:00).
CURRENCY EXCHANGEBrunei started issuing its own currency on 12 June 1967. Prior to this, the Board of Commissioner of Currency reconstituted under the Malaya British Borneo Currency Agreement in 1960 was the sole currency issuing authority in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.
The currency in circulation in Brunei is the Brunei Dollar (BND), and is on par with the Singapore Dollar (SGD). Currency exchangeability agreement established between Brunei and Singapore remains in effect to this day and continues to play a central role in relations between the two countries.
The agreement allows both countries to interchange their currencies without either country running the risk of currency exchange rate fluctuations and therefore further facilitating trade and commerce between Brunei and Singapore.
Currency exchange services are available at the airport, banks, hotels, and licensed money changers. To cash or exchange travellers cheques denominated in legal major currencies, please visit any major international bank located in the capital.Information gathered from: http://borneobulletinyearbook.com.bn/