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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:
Countries eligible for 30-day entry:
United Arab Emirates
Countries eligible for 14-day entry:
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:
- 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:
- Compile your travel documents and the details of your planned itinerary.
- Make an appointment to drop off your documents at your nearest embassy or consulate.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.