Brunei Removes All Countries From Green Travel List Due To Omicron Threat

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (December 30): The Brunei government announced on Wednesday (December 29) updated measures on guidelines for inbound and outbound travel, temporarily removing all countries from the green travel list.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that given the current situation of Covid-19, in particular the increase in cases in several countries and the threat of the Omicron variant, the steering committee for Covid -19 has agreed to temporarily remove all countries from the green travel list, Xinhua reported.

“In this regard, no country will be on the green travel list from January 1, 2022,” the PMO said.

The country said earlier this month that from January 1, 2022, citizens and residents of Brunei as well as foreign nationals who have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations are allowed to leave the country for non-essential travel. by air transport to countries on the Green List trip, including Australia, China, Singapore and Great Britain.

Britain was taken off the Travel Green List a week earlier, following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant there.

According to the PMO, the recently updated guidelines require all travelers to undergo an RT-PCR test 48 hours before leaving their country.

Foreigners wishing to enter Brunei for essential purposes must obtain entry travel approval. All incoming travelers are also required to undergo mandatory self-isolation at designated hotels and must undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival in the country, as well as an RT-PCR test on the fifth day after the visit. arrival.

Essential outward travel is permitted for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei who have obtained exit clearance and received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination within 14 days to three months prior to departure, or for those who have received a booster dose.

As of December 28, 94.5% of the population of Brunei had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines, while 93.2% had completed their two-dose vaccination schedule and 17.9% had received three doses.

The country reported four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 15,465.

According to the Brunei health ministry, the new cases recorded included three local infections and one imported case.

A total of 100 active cases are still being treated and monitored in Brunei and 100 patients have died in the country.

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