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Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam is a small Islamic Sultanate on the northwest coast of the Island of Borneo. It is divided into four districts: Brunei/Muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is its only major city. Brunei’s official language is Malay, but English is widely understood and used in business. Tourist facilities and services are generally available throughout the country. For more information concerning Brunei, please see the Government of Brunei web site at http://www.brunei.gov.bn. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Brunei for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Brunei or Brunei Darussalam
Continent: Asia
Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan
Boundary Countries:

Malaysia

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Center

Main Cities:

Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangar, Sukang, Seria, Tutong, Muara, Kuala Belait

Country Size: 5,770 sq km
Population: 374,577

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Malay (official), English, Chinese

Currency: Bruneian Dollar (BND)
Predominant Religions:

Muslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, other (includes indigenous beliefs) 10%

National Holidays: National Day, 23 February (1884); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK ; 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
Economic Status:

Brunei has a small well-to-do economy that encompasses a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition. Crude oil and natural gas production account for just over half of GDP and more than 90% of exports.

Security:

Royal Brunei Armed Forces: Royal Brunei Land Forces, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force (Tentera Udara Diraja Brunei)

US Presence:

U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan
Simpang 336-52-16-9, Jalan Duta
Bandar Seri Begawan
BC4115 Brunei Darussalam
Phone: 673-238-4616

Fax: (673) 238-7533

General Inquiries:
Amembassy_BSB@state.gov

Commercial Inquiries:
BSBCommercial@state.gov

Consular Services:
ConsularBrunei@state.gov

Fulbright Exchange Program:
FulbrightBSB@state.gov

Human Resources:
BSBHR@state.gov

Document Requirements:

US passport-holders must have at least six months’ validity remaining on their passport before entering Brunei for business or pleasure and are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Brunei for visits of 90 days or longer. Diplomatic and official passport-holders are also required to apply for a visa to enter Brunei Darussalam. There is an airport departure tax. For further information about entry or exit requirements, travelers may consult the Consular Section of the Embassy of Brunei, 3520 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 237-1838, or visit theEmbassy of Brunei web site for the most current visa information.
Immigration offenses are punishable by caning. Workers who overstay their visas can face jail sentences and three strokes of the cane. Persons associated with violators, such as contractors or employers, are subject to the same penalties if the violator is found guilty.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Brunei has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions as part of a ban on communicable diseases. The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Brunei Darussalam requires all travelers entering Brunei to fill out a Health Declaration Card and submit it to the Officer-In-Charge (MOH) upon disembarkation. Under Section 7, Infectious Diseases Order 2003 of MOH, travelers may be subjected to a medical examination upon arrival in Brunei Darussalam. Travelers also may be quarantined if infected or suspected to be infected with an infectious disease or if travelers have had contact with such a person, under Section 15 of the same order of MOH. Please inquire directly with the
Embassy of Brunei before you travel.
Information about
dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  2,  Airports with paved runways:  1

Brunei-Bandar Seri Begawan Airport (BWN/WBSB)
Brunei Airport, Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan 2015, BRUNEI
Tel: +673 2 330483, +673 2 330142/3
Fax: +673 2 331706
Email: info_can@civil-aviation.gov.bn
Website: www.civil-aviation.gov.bn

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Following the October 2002, August 2003, September 2004 and October 2005 terrorist bombings in Indonesia, the Department of State continues to be concerned that terrorist groups, such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), that have transnational capability to carry out terrorist attacks, may do so in various Southeast Asian nations, including Brunei.
Though there is some crime, violent crime is rare. Burglary and theft is on the rise. Americans are reminded to be prudent in their own personal security practices.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  13.12 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 75.3 years (male 73.12/female 77.59)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid
Boosters: MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, and plague are diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Rabies is common in the region and poses a risk to travelers, especially in rural areas.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

There is adequate care for basic medical conditions in Brunei; however, due to unpredictable shortages of materials and uncertain support staff, elective surgeries or complicated care is best obtained in Singapore or elsewhere.
The government provides for all medical services.

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Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 3
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Avian influenza is also present throughout this region. Polio has resurfaced in Indonesia.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +673
Internet Country Code:  .bn

 



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