Media Conference on the Latest COVID-19 Situation in Brunei Darussalam

By the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Steering Committee on the Border Crossing Affairs informs on several updates on entry and exit country requirements through land and sea control posts following the implementation of the Movement Control Order, MCO in Malaysia starting today, 13 January 2021 for 2 weeks, and the State of Emergency Declaration that was announced yesterday. This was explained by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs at the same media conference.

According to the Minister of Home Affairs, approval for runners registered in the country to retrieve and deliver items is temporarily postponed for 2 weeks. Entry of foreigners from Malaysia including those transiting via land and sea control posts into Brunei Darussalam is also temporarily postponed for 2 weeks. Yang Berhormat added that only drivers and passengers of emergency vehicles such as ambulance, police and military vehicles as well as official Government business, and commercial vehicles or transport operators for delivery of imported food supplies into Brunei Darussalam, are allowed entry into the country with the existing entry requirements. Meanwhile, entry and exit country permission for commuters through land and sea control post for the purpose of work is also postponed for 2 weeks. Those who are affected are advised to temporarily reside at the place where they work, or take leave throughout the period.

Yang Berhormat said the Sars-Cov-2-RT-PCR surveillance test for transport operators who are either registered in the country or foreigners registered in Malaysia who are allowed entry for the purpose of delivering food supplies and essential goods into Brunei Darussalam will be held more frequently, which is from once in two weeks to once a week. The update for entry and exit requirement stated earlier will be effective from today, 13th of January 2021. The procedures are subject to review by the Steering Committee on the Border Crossing Affairs from time to time.

Source: Radio Television Brunei