All travellers entering and exiting Brunei are no longer required to obtain a travel medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage starting 1 December, announced Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a recent press conference.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Halbi said that the latest change applies to citizens and residents of the country including foreign nationals travelling via land, sea and air.
“However, those who wish to obtain such insurance for their own peace of mind are welcomed to do so,” he said, adding that coverage is not limited to COVID-19 infections.
“It should cover any medical or treatment costs that may be incurred following any unexpected incident whilst overseas,” said the minister during the announcement of ease of COVID-19 restrictions.
Furthermore, Bruneians are also encouraged to
submit their travel details to Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the MFA e-Register at www.mfa.gov.bn
The details, he added, will enable the ministry to identify Bruneian citizens overseas in the event of emergency should an incident occur in a particular country.
*Land control posts operating hours*
Yang Berhormat also announced the extension of operating hours for land immigration control posts from 6am to 10pm.
Prior to 1 December 2022, Sungai Tujoh, Labu, Ujong Jalan and Kuala Lurah control posts were opened from 6am to 8pm.
Meanwhile, sea control posts at Serasa Terminal Ferry, Serasa Vehicle Ferry, Muara Port and Kuala Belait Wharf will continue to operate from 6am to 8pm.
The minister further announced that food distribution for COVID-19 cases will be discontinued.
“However, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and
Sports will continue to provide assistance to those in need, similar to the situation prior to COVID-19 Pandemic,” he said.
The COVID-19 Steering Committee will continue to monitor the current situation of COVID-19 in the country while ensuring that any control measures imposed are appropriate, in order to maintain the safety, security and well-being of the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.
Any changes and updates will be announced immediately to the public.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN