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All About the Brunei Visa

Please note that Byevisa is not currently able to process visas for Brunei. However, this page provides useful information for the many nationalities who do not need a visa to enter the country, as well as detailed instructions on how to get your travel authorisation if you need one.

If you’re planning a visit to the Abode of Peace, as part of your travel preparations you may be wondering if you need an entry permit to visit this little-known Southeast Asian country.

The answer to this question depends on your nationality, as the visa policy of Brunei divides foreign visitors into 4 different categories depending on your country of origin:

  • Categories A & B – nationalities that require an entry permit.
  • Category C – nationalities that qualify for a Visa upon Arrival (VoA).
  • Category D – nationalities exempt from an entry permit for periods of 90, 30 or 14 days.

The official government website can be a bit vague when describing the different entry requirements and what to expect with each one. Luckily, it’s Byevisa’s job to simplify this information for you. We take pride in delivering all the must-know details that will help make your travel to this fascinating country hassle-free.

Read on to discover whether or not you need a visa for Brunei in the first place, how to get one if you do, and what to expect along each stage of the process!

Brunei Visa Requirements and Eligibility

There are 56 Brunei visa-free countries whose nationals are allowed entry for stays of 90, 30 or 14 days. If you qualify, there is no need to fill in any application beforehand; you must simply hold a passport that meets the following requirements:

  • Is valid for 6 months beyond your arrival date.
  • Has at least 1 blank page for the entry stamp.

The entry stamp will be placed in your passport by your immigration official in customs. Entry under this scheme is 100% free of charge.

To see if your country is eligible, choose your nationality in our eligibility checker tool:

Or, alternatively, check out our list below:

Countries eligible for 90-day entry:

Czech Republic


United Kingdom
United States

Countries eligible for 30-day entry:

New Zealand
South Korea
United Arab Emirates

Countries eligible for 14-day entry:

Costa Rica
Hong Kong

Visa on Arrival (VoA) Requirements for Brunei

The VoA (Category C) is only available for nationals of the following 7 countries and territories when entering through Brunei International Airport:

  • Category C1:
    • Australia: Single- or Multiple-Entry, 30 days, 16 or 22 USD
  • Category C2:
    • Kuwait: Single-entry, 30 days, 16 USD
    • Saudi Arabia: Single-Entry, 30 days, 16 USD
  • Category C3:
    • Qatar: Single- or Multiple-Entry, 14 days, 16 USD
    • Taiwan: Single- or Multiple-Entry, 14 days, 16 USD
  • Category C4:
    • China: Single- or Multiple-Entry, 14 days, 16 or 22 USD
    • Bahrain: Single- or Multiple-Entry, 14 days, 16 or 22 USD

The VoA can be requested at the airport by presenting a completed visa form and arrival card, both of which are available on all inbound flights to the country.

Like other foreign travellers, visitors requesting a VoA will need to hold a passport valid for 6 months past their arrival date with at least 1 blank page. It is important to note that the VoA document can only be issued at the international airport and not at land borders.

Brunei Visa Application Process

If your nationality is not included in any of the lists above, then you will have to request your Category A or B travel document in person or via post from your nearest embassy or consulate.

In both categories, there are 3 different types of Brunei visitor visas issued, depending on your reason for visiting and length of stay:

  • Professional
  • Business Visit
  • Short/Social Visit

For this particular article, we will focus mainly on permits for Short/Social visits, as the other 2 types require supporting documentation from guarantors in the country.

The application process for tourists is generally straightforward but can be a bit time-consuming if you do not have an embassy or consulate in your city. The basic steps are as follows:

  1. Compile your travel documents and the details of your planned itinerary.
  2. Make an appointment to drop off your documents at your nearest embassy or consulate.
  3. Collect your passport with the visa stamp (or receive it by pre-paid post).

If there is no embassy or consulate in your country, you’ll have to send your application materials via secured courier with a pre-paid self-addressed return envelope.

Brunei Tourist Visa Application Form and Documents

When requesting a Category A or B travel to Brunei visa, the process is quite similar and you’ll have to compile the below documents:

  • The application form.
  • A copy of your national passport valid 6 months past your date of arrival, and with at least 1 blank page.
  • 2 recent, colour passport-sized photos.
  • A copy of a confirmed return flight ticket.
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation or address of stay).
  • Contact details.

You’ll be expected to print and fill in the application form from the embassy or consulate’s website. Be sure to use only a blue or black pen and to fill out everything in block letters. The form will require the following information:

  • Full name.
  • Contact information.
  • Present and any former nationalities.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Purpose of travel.
  • Contact address within the country (this can be your hotel name and address if travelling for tourism).
  • Proposed date of arrival and length of stay.
  • Information on any previous visits to the country.

There is a space in the upper right-hand corner where you can attach your colour passport-sized photos.

When necessary, the embassy may reach out to coordinate a telephone or in-person interview to further assess your reasons for travel.

Once approved, your documents can either be retrieved in person or will be sent back by post. At this point, all you’ll have to do is pack your bags and decide which of Bandar Seri Begawan’s beautiful mosques you’ll want to discover first!

Brunei Visa Status Check

If you’re applying for a traditional visa through an embassy or consulate, information on your application’s status will be communicated by the consular section directly.

Keep in mind that the processing time varies depending on your application category:

  • Category A – your document will be processed within 14 business days, excluding the date of submission.
  • Category B – your document will be processed within 3 business days, excluding the date of submission.

If the embassy deems that an interview is necessary, they will contact you directly to coordinate the date and the time. Once approved, the embassy will notify you using the contact details included in your application.

How Much Does a Brunei Visa Cost?

If you are not eligible for permit-free entry, which is granted free of charge, you will have to pay a fee as part of the application process. Brunei visa fees are dependent on your period of stay and the number of entries required:

  • Single-Entry pass: 20 BND (16 USD)
  • Multiple-Entry pass for up to 90 days: 30 BND (24 USD)

When setting up your appointment with the embassy, it’s a good idea to confirm how their particular consular section can receive the payment. The most common way is via a money order made out to the embassy, although some may accept cash or credit card payments.

More Brunei Travel Visa Questions and Information

We hope the sections above have answered some of your travel questions. For more Brunei visa information please see our other travel tips below.

This depends on your nationality. If your nationality falls into Category A, expect this document to be processed in at least 14 business days. If you are in Category B, it should take just 3 days. In both cases, the day of submission does not count towards the processing time. We would recommend that you leave yourself some time to allow for delays, especially if you are mailing your documents to an embassy or consulate in another country or city.
Passengers transiting through the country for less than 24 hours do not need a transit document. For stays of between 24 and 72 hours, a transit pass can be requested by presenting a valid passport, proof of an onward flight and a valid visa to a third country, where applicable. The document costs 5 BND (3.75 USD) and must be paid in the local currency.
While immigration does have the final say, if you are diligent about collecting the documents outlined above, it is very unlikely that your visitor’s pass will be denied.
Australian citizens may apply for a Single- or Multiple-Entry VoA at the airport. In both cases, the document will be valid for 30 days. For more information, please see our section on ‘Visa on Arrival (VoA) Requirements for Brunei.’
No, as UK citizens can travel to this Southeast Asian country for up to 90 days without having to apply for an entry permit beforehand.
US passport holders can visit this tiny country on the island of Borneo for up to 90 days, provided their passport meets the criteria for visa-free entry.
Indian nationals must request a Category B document through their nearest embassy or consulate. For nationals currently living in India, this would be at the embassy in Delhi:
  • Bruneian High Commission in New Delhi, India, B-21, August Kranti Marg, Mayfair Gardens, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016, India, (+91) 11 2652 2431 to 3, Newdelhi.india.mfa.gov.bn
Indian nationals transiting through the international airport need to provide proof of sponsorship from either an airline or travel agent.
Unfortunately, you can only take advantage of permit-free entry if your passport is valid for 6 months past your date of arrival. If you’re applying for a visa, your application may be denied if you do not meet this requirement.
If neither of your nationalities is eligible for permit-free entry, there is no difference in which passport you use. Be sure, however, to book your entire stay with the same passport to avoid any difficulties during your travel.
Routine vaccinations are recommended for visits to this country. This includes yellow fever if you’re visiting from an area with known infections.
There are no direct flights from Europe or the United States to this country. All flights require transit in a regional hub such as Hong Kong, Singapore or Jakarta. 7-hour non-stop itineraries are available between Melbourne and Bandar Seri Begawan several times a week. Overland and ferry options are also available for those visiting this country from Malaysia. While somewhat time-consuming, these crossings can add an extra element of adventure to your holiday.
While immigration does have the final say, if you are diligent about collecting the documents outlined above, it is very unlikely that your visitor’s pass will be denied.
Crime rates are very low here. Keep in mind, however, that this country adheres to Sharia Law, a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. While there are many misconceptions about these laws in the West and how they apply to foreigners, our advice is to keep a low profile and use your best judgment.

Bear in mind that politics are not something to be discussed openly and public displays of affection, even holding hands, should be avoided. LGBT travellers should show significant modesty when travelling to this destination.

This country lies just 4 degrees north of the equator and follows the same seasons as the Northern Hemisphere. While temperatures are high year-round, summers can be especially hot.

If you’re interested in fireworks and celebrations, consider visiting for the National Day celebrations on February 23rd, or for one of the many Regatta days on the Brunei River.

While Standard Malay is the official language here, this country’s history as a British protectorate means that most locals have a high level of English.
A head covering is not required for women unless you are visiting a mosque (in many cases, sites will give you a garment to wear over your clothes), but clothing should be modest. Short shorts are not recommended. Scarves and other lightweight covers are a must when alternating between the humid city streets and strongly air-conditioned museums and restaurants.

Alcohol can only be purchased legally in the airport by non-Muslims for private consumption. Luckily, Soto (a popular local soup) shopping can be just as fun, not to mention a great way to check out some local and family-owned restaurants in the cities.

Here’s an example of what your pass will look like: brunei_visa_sample
You can find more helpful information on travel to this country here.
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