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Travellers Advisory on the 2019 Coronavirus (covid-19)

11 February 2020

As part of the national response to the ongoing 2019 Coronavirus (covid-19) situation affecting parts of the People's Republic of China and several other countries, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam have implemented measures, such as:

  • Body temperature screening and the use of Health Declaration Form at all points of entry into Brunei Darussalam;
  • strengthening the capacity of the Virology Laboratory and the National Isolation Centre in Tutong; and
  • the implementation of the 14-day self-isolation policy for individuals returning to Brunei Darussalam from the People's Republic of China.

In the above regard, the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam also recommends suspending all travel to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu in the People's Republic of China in light of the additional travel lockdown in the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu beginning 9 February 2020. Members of the public are also advised to refrain from any non-essential travel to the People's Republic of China.

Additionally, the following measures to control incoming visitors to Brunei Darussalam have been reviewed and are implemented as follows:

  • Any visitors traveling from the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu in the People's Republic of China are not allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam, with the exception of citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.
  • Citizens, permanent residents, and long-term visa holders of Brunei Darussalam who have travelled to the People's Republic of China within 14 days of arriving in Brunei Darussalam and allowed to enter the country will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 upon arrival into Brunei Darussalam; and
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in China (regardless of province) are allowed to return to Brunei Darussalam. They will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days from the date of arrival. On this matter, any citizen or permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam who are in China and are sick or unwell, is advised to postpone their return to this country and is also advised to seek the assistance of the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in China for further advice; and

All of the additional measures above are on a temporary basis and will be reviewed from time to time.

As a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:

  • Avoid contact with sick live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness such as high fever, cough or breathing difficulties;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practice frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately;
  • Avoid visiting people who are unwell if you feel unwell or have symptoms of infection; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

Regarding the use of face masks, the Ministry of Health would like to share the correct way of using it. There are various types of masks available in the market including surgical face masks, paper masks and cloth masks. However, only surgical face masks are recommended for use in preventing respiratory infections. The correct procedure for wearing surgical face masks are as follows:

Step One
Cover your mouth and nose with the surgical face mask and ensure the inner white layer is facing your mouth and the outer (blue or green) layer is facing outwards. Attach the straps to the back of the ears and make sure there is no space between your face and the surgical face mask.

Step Two
Do not touch the surgical face mask when you are using it.

Step Three
Remove the surgical face mask by using the right technique – do not touch the outside of the surgical face mask and remove the straps from the back of the ears.

Step Four
After removing or touching the used surgical face mask, wash your hands with water and soap or with a hand sanitizer.

The Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam continues to maintain high vigilance, working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) and neighbouring countries to control the Coronavirus (covid-19) infection situation.

In this regard, the public is advised to continue to remain calm and to not panic. The Ministry of Health, from time to time, will endeavor to update the public on any current developments and measures being implemented in the country. Members of the public are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest and accurate information on the Coronavirus (covid-19) infection in Brunei Darussalam from trusted sources, especially only from the Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam. The public are advised not to be easily deceived and believe information or news spread via the internet or other media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook without first verifying the information.

For further information, members of the public in Brunei Darussalam can contact Talian Darussalam 123 (24 hours) or visit the Ministry of Health's website at http://www.moh.gov.bn/SitePages/2019nCoV.aspx for further updates.