THE GOVERNMENT of Brunei Darussalam has suspended entry permits for travelers from Indonesia following the worsening COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“The Brunei Prime Minister’s Office informs that following the current COVID-19 situation in Indonesia, the reception of foreign nationals arriving from or through Indonesia is temporarily suspended until further notice,” said the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office on Monday (7/19).

Bandar Seri Begawan said the regulation applies to arrivals from all airports in Indonesia, including foreigners transiting through Indonesia to travel to Brunei.

Brunei has become a country that has succeeded in controlling the corona virus pandemic in the Southeast Asia region. The country led by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has even managed to maintain zero COVID-19 cases among its 441,000 inhabitants.

However, the suspension of arrivals from Indonesia took effect after Brunei reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (18/7). All of the new corona cases came from Indonesia.

Brunei’s Ministry of Health stated that all imported COVID-19 cases came from people who came from Jakarta on July 4. They were detected by Covid-19 while undergoing a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival in Brunei. Currently, they are all following the treatment according to the applicable procedures. [sources/photo special]