- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:18 NZDT
- Still current at: 7 April 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Brunei Darussalam.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
Petty crime such as theft and burglary can occur in Brunei Darussalam. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.
Civil unrest is rare in Brunei Darussalam but protests and demonstrations could have the potential to result in violence. We advise monitoring local media and following any instructions from local authorities.
General travel advice
New Zealanders in Brunei Darussalam are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with and observe local laws and customs, which can be very different to New Zealand. This includes in relation to alcohol and tobacco.
Brunei Darussalam has a dual legal system with both civil law and syariah (sharia) law. Both laws include provisions for corporal and capital punishments. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include the death penalty, physical punishment, and lengthy imprisonment.
Further information about the Syariah Penal Code can be found on Brunei Darussalam’s Attorney General’s Chambers website. A non-exhaustive list of illegal activities under syariah law includes blasphemy, sodomy, and adultery. Syariah law applies to Muslims, non-Muslims, and foreigners.
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Brunei Darussalam to avoid offending local sensitivities (including around members of the Royal Family and during religious occasions). Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Brunei Darussalam should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Brunei Darussalam are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is accredited to Brunei Darussalam
Street Address Level 21, Menara IMC, 8 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250 Telephone +60 3 2078 2533 Fax +60 3 2078 0387 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/malaysia Hours Mon-Fri 0830am to 1230 hrs (reception); Mon-Thurs 0800-1630 hrs, Fri 0800-1600 hrs (telephone enquiries and pre-arranged appointments)
See our regional advice for South East Asia
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Accredited New Zealand High Commission Malaysia
Level 21, Menara IMC, 8 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250
Telephone: +60 3 2078 2533
Fax: +60 3 2078 0387
Hours: Mon-Fri 0830am to 1230 hrs (reception); Mon-Thurs 0800-1630 hrs, Fri 0800-1600 hrs (telephone enquiries and pre-arranged appointments)