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Brunei: Country and Foreign Investment

Executive Summary

This page was last updated on 22 May 2019.

Nationals of European Economic Area countries, Switzerland and the USA are permitted to stay in Brunei for a maximum of 90 days before a visa is required. Stays of up to 30 days are permitted for nationals of Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the UAE. Finally, visas are waived for stays of up to 14 days for nationals of Cambodia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong and Macau SARs.

Nationals of seven countries may obtain a visa on arrival at Brunei international airport. Individuals from Australia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia may then remain in Brunei for no more than 30 days. Nationals of Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Qatar and Taiwan may stay for a maximum of 14 days on such a visa. All other nationals entering Brunei must have visas obtainable from any Bruneian diplomatic mission abroad.

Persons entering Brunei to take up employment must arrange with their employers to obtain employment passes prior to their arrival. Their spouses and children under 18 years of age of pass holders are required to obtain dependents' passes.

Every foreigner who intends to work in Brunei must have a valid employment visa authorised by the Department of Immigration and National Registration and is issued at the Bruneian Embassy or high commissioner. The maximum length of the validity of an employment visa is two years. Processing usually takes seven working days.

The employer must have a quota licence from the Labour Department and needs an approval letter from the work pass section of the Immigration and National Registration Department. The worker should have a valid passport/travel document recognised by the Brunei director of immigration and national registration. The passport must have a validity of at least 6 months before entering the country.



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