Travelling to Brunei? We’ve got you covered!
Observing Etiquette in a Muslim Country
12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Every Friday between 12 noon and 2pm, all businesses — offices, shops, restaurants, banks and tourist attractions — are closed to give way for the weekly Friday prayers for Muslims.
If you plan on visiting Brunei during the holy month of Ramadhan, you are advised to refrain from eating and drinking in public during daylight hours, as Muslims will be fasting during this time.
Some restaurants may be open for business, however dining in is not permitted, only takeaways.
Due to subsidised fuel prices, the most common mode of transport is car. Hiring a car is probably the best way to explore Brunei and prices start from $60 per day. Most rental agencies will bring the car to your hotel and pick it up when you’ve finished. Drivers can also be arranged, though this will increase the cost to around B$100 per day.
Despite the high level of car ownership, the roads aren’t heavily congested with traffic, except during peak hours between 7am and 8am, and 4pm to 6pm. The main roads are in good condition, but some back roads require a 4WD.
Many of Brunei’s attractions lie within walking distance of each other in the heart of the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. But if you need to go further afield, a convenient new public transport system services the capital and other destinations, with fares starting from just B$1.
There are six main routes in Brunei-Muara which run from 6am to 8pm and depart from the central terminal on Jalan Cator. Buses heading to other parts of the country such as Tutong, Kuala Belait and Seria also depart from same terminal.
Metered taxis can be found at the airport, hotels, shopping centres, and the central bus station in Bandar Seri Begawan. However, outside of these locations, taxis are few and far between and rather on the pricey side.
It’s almost unheard of to flag down a cab on the street, so if you need a ride it’s best to book a taxi with your hotel ahead of time and get the driver’s personal number.
Unique to Brunei, the water taxi is the most common means of transport in Kampong Ayer. You can hail a taxi from any of the jetties along the Brunei river and it is an ideal way to see the water village up close. Fares cost 50 cents one-way and increase to $1 after 6pm. For longer tours of Kampong Ayer and the nearby mangroves, a price must be negotiated with the water taxi driver beforehand.
If you’re heading to the Temburong district, take a speedboat from the new jetty on Jalan Residency. Services operate from 7.45am to 4pm daily and fares are $7 one-way.
Passenger ferry services to the Malaysian island of Labuan operate from 7am to 4pm and depart from the Serasa Terminal in Muara town.
The journey takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Banks are open six days a week, on Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and on Saturday, from 9am to 11am.
Some banks have branches with later closing times. ATMs are widespread throughout commercial areas and can be found attached to banks, shopping centres, and supermarkets.
ATM cards affiliated with the international Plus or Cirrus systems are accepted at most ATMs.
Visa, MasterCard and Union Pay are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and major shopping complexes.
American Express is accepted in few establishments.
If you ever find your passport missing, go to the nearest police station to lodge a police report and inform your embassy to seek further assistance.
If you lose your credit cards, make sure you call your bank to cancel the cards immediately.
Money changers are available at the airport, hotels, shopping complexes and in commercial areas.
To cash or exchange travelers cheques, visit major international banks in the capital.
Transferring money overseas can be done at all major banks or remittance agencies in Brunei.
Visa Information for Visitors
Anyone who wishes to enter Brunei Darussalam must obtain a visa from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic missions abroad except for the countries which have visa arrangements with Brunei Darussalam as listed below.
Here are the countries which have Visa arrangements with Brunei Darussalam:-
Cambodia, Canada, China (For Diplomatic and Services Passports only), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macau, Maldives, Mongolia (For Diplomatic and Services Passports only), Myanmar, Pakistan (For Diplomatic and Services Passports only), Peru, Philippines, Qatar (Visa on Arrival), Russia (For Diplomatic and Services Passports only), Taiwan (Visa on Arrival), Tajikistan (For Diplomatic, Official and Services Passports only), Thailand, Vietnam.
Australia (Visa on Arrival), Bahrain (Visa on Arrival), Iran For Diplomatic and Services Passports only), Kuwait (Visa on Arrival), New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia (Visa on Arrival), Ukraine, United Arab Emirates.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, United States of America.