Visitors should be respectful of local laws and customs which reflect the fact that Brunei is a conservative Islamic country. You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.
You should not become involved with drugs of any kind: possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty.
You should ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after the conclusion of any trip to Brunei and other countries within South East Asia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Brunei. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Travellers should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
Safety and Security
Crime levels are low in Brunei. You are advised to take the usual sensible precautions with your personal belongings. You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware of any nearby protests you should leave the area immediately. You should keep yourself informed of developments, including by monitoring local media and keeping contacts with your hotel or tour organiser.
There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws reflect the fact that Brunei is an Islamic country. You should dress modestly and respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. You should be aware of your actions and take care not to offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, or if you intend to visit religious areas.
The sale of alcohol in Brunei is prohibited. For a list of other prohibited and restricted items, please visit the Royal Customs and Excise Department’s website.
Visitors should be aware that smoking is prohibited in certain public places, including shopping and eating areas, bus stops and stations and government buildings.
There are severe penalties for all drug offences in Brunei. You should not become involved with drugs of any kind: possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty.
Possession of pornographic material is illegal.
Homosexual activity is illegal.
Any public criticism of His Majesty The Sultan or other members of the Bruneian Royal Family is highly discouraged.
You must show evidence of your identity if it is requested by, for example, the police. You should carry photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport and your arrival card to avoid losing the original, which should be kept in a safe place.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Despite its location in a region prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding, and extreme weather, Brunei has not been directly affected by natural disasters in recent years.
Additional Country Info
Health and medical services in Brunei are generally acceptable, though basic hospital supplies can run low from time to time. Should complications arise, medical evacuation to Singapore may be necessary. You should therefore have comprehensive medical insurance before you travel to Brunei which covers this eventuality.
You are advised to take adequate precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. Prior to departure, you should consult with a doctor to ensure you have any vaccinations required.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS