BY Rokiah Mahmud
Effective today (March 24), all foreign nationals are not allowed to enter or transit in Brunei Darussalam through land, sea and air control posts until further announcement.
The measure is taken to reduce or prevent the transmission of COVID-19 pandemic in the Sultanate as well as in taking into account advice given by the Ministry of Health.
The matter was shared by Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at a press conference at the Al-’Afiah Hall on Monday.
The minister also explained categories of application and facilities that affected due to this measure include the issuing of Visa on Arrival at all control posts; application for visit, students and dependent visas.
Permit letters for visit, student and dependent visa issued by the Immigration and National Registration Department as well as Brunei Darussalam Embassies and foreign offices will also be suspended.
For foreign nationals issued with visit, student and dependent visas as well as with re-entry visas but still in their countries are advised to stay and delay their visit to Brunei Darussalam.
For details, the public can contact the department via 2383106 or via their website www.immigration.gov.bn.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin