Entering Brunei: On-the-spot rapid antigen tests to screen transporters, travellers

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KUCHING, July 29: Sarawak transporters entering Brunei will be screened with rapid antigen tests on the spot at the land border of Brunei Darussalam for free to determine that they are not infected with Covid-19 before they are allowed to journey into the country.

Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin revealed this latest condition to enter Brunei, warning all registered transporters and other travellers from Sarawak that they will be denied entry into Brunei should they test positive on the day of entry.

“As confirmed by the Consulate General of Brunei Darussalam in Kuching, the rapid antigen test will be provided to the transporters free of charge at the land border of Brunei by the staff from their Ministry of Health.

“A negative rapid antigen test result is required for every single entry into Brunei.

“The additional measure taken by Brunei is aimed at preventing the possible importation and subsequent transmission of Covid-19 infection in the country,” he said in a statement issued today.

Apart from the negative rapid antigen test, Lee also reminded that registered transporters and essential travellers from Sarawak entering Brunei are also required to be fully vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, to produce a negative RT-PCR test result with two weeks validity and non-transporters with a validity for 72-hours as well as a cross-country travel permit by Brunei.

“It has been conveyed to the Ministry by Brunei that all foreign transporters including those from Sarawak must meet all the above criteria before they are permitted to enter Brunei,” he added.

Following this recent announcement, Lee also advised those planning to enter Brunei including for the purpose to deliver essential goods, to check www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line 148 during office hours for the latest requirement prior to applying to enter Brunei.

“We trust that this notification will inform and prepare our registered transporters and other essential travellers on the new compliance which has been recently imposed by the Brunei’s Ministry of Health to protect the lives and livelihood of all parties involved,” he said. — DayakDaily