Fire and rescue services
Call 993 or contact local police.
We haven’t changed our level of advice:
Exercise normal safety precautions in Brunei.
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Serious crime is rare.
Travellers are occasionally the victims of petty crime, such as theft and burglary.
To protect yourself from crime:
Civil unrest is rare.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
To protect yourself from possible violence:
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
The wet seasons are September to January and May to July. Flooding and mudslides are common during these times.
Severe weather can affect essential services, such as power.
If a natural disaster occurs:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Brunei. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating:
Insect-borne diseases occur, including:
To protect yourself from disease:
We recommend you get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis if you are travelling to rural areas. Seek medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.
HIV/AIDS is a risk in Brunei.
Take precautions if you engage in activities that expose you to the risk of infection.
Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common, including:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
Avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads.
Seek medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Red algae sometimes reaches dangerous levels in coastal waters. Local authorities may issue red tide warnings about:
Local authorities print warnings about red algae in local newspapers, including in English-language publications.
If there's a red tide alert, follow local warnings. This algal bloom can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Avoid shellfish and seafood because they may be affected.
Medical facilities in Brunei's public hospitals are of reasonable quality.
Private hospital facilities are of a high standard.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be moved to Australia or Singapore. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
In Brunei, it's illegal to:
It's also illegal to:
If you import alcohol, keep documents to prove you did so legally.
It's illegal to smoke in:
It's illegal to photograph:
Brunei’s Sharia (Syariah) Penal Code came fully into effect from April 2019.
Sharia law applies to:
whether resident Bruneians or foreigners. It applies even when transiting on Brunei-registered aircraft and vessels.
Common law and courts will continue to operate in parallel with the Sharia Penal Code and courts.
Serious crimes can attract:
Crimes that attract the death penalty include:
Some drug offences carry a mandatory death penalty. Other penalties include long prison sentences and physical punishment.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Brunei doesn't recognise dual nationality.
Australians entering with a Bruneian passport will be treated as Bruneian by local authorities.
Enter on an Australian passport to ensure access to Australian consular services.
Dress and behaviour standards are conservative. Take care not to offend.
If in doubt, seek local advice.
Be cautious when making comments about local issues, particularly those relating to the royal family. You could cause offence or even attract legal consequences.
The dates for the Islamic holiday month of Ramadan vary from year to year. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time.
Don't eat, drink or smoke in public, or in the presence of people who are fasting.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can’t help you.
Visa and other Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Brunei High Commission or Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
You can get tourist visas on arrival for up to 30 days
You need to pay the visa fee in cash in either Brunei or Singapore dollars.
There's a money changer at the airport before the immigration control point. However, there are no ATMs or banking facilities.
Immigration regulations are strictly enforced and overstaying can attract physical punishments.
Check the entry stamp in your passport to confirm how long you can stay.
Monitor your immigration status and visa expiry date.
If departing via Muara or Serasa ferry terminals, a departure tax may apply, so check with local authorities.
Ask your airline whether your airfare includes departure tax.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Check that your passport has at least 6 blank pages back-to-back, as recommended by Brunei authorities.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The local currency is the Brunei Dollar (BND). You can also use Singapore dollars. They have the same value as the BND.
You can use credit cards in some places.
Australian dollars can be changed at banks, hotels and authorised exchange bureaus.
If you plan to visit Malaysia, including Sabah or Sarawak, read our travel advice for Malaysia.
If you plan to visit Kalimantan, read our travel advice for Indonesia.
To drive in Brunei for up to 1 year, you need both:
Driving without an IDP could void your travel and vehicle insurance.
You should get a local driver’s licence if you need to drive for longer than 1 year.
Driving can be hazardous. It's common for drivers to:
If you plan to drive:
If you're involved in a road accident as a driver, don't leave the scene or move your vehicle until the police have arrived.
There are limits on the sale of diesel and petrol for vehicles not registered in Brunei.
Check whether your insurance policy covers you when using a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Only use registered taxis and authorised limousines. You can arrange them:
A very limited public bus service operates throughout Brunei. For the main Brunei-Muara and Kuala Belait districts the services operate between 6am and 8pm.
The bus service is often unreliable.
International cruise lines stop over in Brunei.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Brunei's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 993 or contact local police.
Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular assistance, contact the Australian High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Level 6, Dar Takaful IBB Utama building
Bandar Seri Begawan BS 8711
Phone: (+673) 222 9435
Fax: (+673) 222 1652
Facebook: Australia in Brunei Darussalam
Check the Australian High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can’t contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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