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Brunei Darussalam

 

Bulgaria does not have a diplomatic mission in Brunei Darussalam, but the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Indonesia is accredited also to Brunei Darussalam.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Indonesia
Address: Jakarta 10310, 34-36, Jalan Imam Bonjol
Telephone: +62 21 390 40 48; +62 21 391 31 30
Telephone / fax: +62 21 390 40 49
Emergency Mobile Number: +62 81 193 22 00
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8.30 - 14.30 h
Consulate
Office hours ( upon request in advance): Monday – Friday 9.30 – 12.30
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/indonesia

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Local currency

The local currency is Brunei dollar (B$)

Safety

Generally good state of security. You should take particular care of observing the local traditions and customs at public places – clothing, conduct in society and the ban on drinking alcohol.

Emergency telephones:

Of all EU member states, only the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (telephone: + 673 2222231 / 2223121), France and Germany, have embassies in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

Customs requirements

Foreigners non-Muslims over the age of 17 are allowed to import up to 2 liters of alcohol (whether wine or hard liquor) and up to 12 cans of beer for a stay of 48 hours. The quoted quantities of alcohol may be imported by obtaining a customs permission. The non-compliance with this prohibition is punishable, also with imprisonment.

You can take unlimited quantities of local and foreign currency out of Brunei. There are no restrictions for the different kinds of goods either.

Specifics of legislation

Drug trafficking and import are punishable by death.

The legal system in Brunei is in part based on the Islamic Shariah Law, which in some cases can be applied also with respect to non-Muslims, including tourists. Certain crimes can lead to corporal punishments and sentences of many years imprisonment.

The sale and use of alcohol is forbidden everywhere in the country.

Smoking is severely restricted at public spaces.

Brunei Darussalam is an absolute monarchy and one should definitely avoid, even in private conversations, insulting and criticizing the sultan. It is advisable to avoid, when talking with the local population, political subjects and comments on global events, particularly subjects related to the Islam and the Islamic countries.

Traffic

The traffic of vehicles in Brunei is in the left lane.

Healthcare

Healthcare standards in Brunei are on a relatively good level. There are two main medical centers in Brunei – the State General Hospital (RIPAS) in Bandar Seri Begawan and the private Jerudong Park Medical Center (JPMC). For more severe diseases and complications, a medical evacuation to Singapore may become necessary, on account of which it is advisable to have the respective insurance coverage. There are occasions of dengue fever and malaria in Brunei, for which reason it is advisable to take preventive medicines.

Climate

The climate is tropical. There are no seasons in the strict sense of the word. Only dry and rainy periods alternate. The humidity of the air is between 80 and 100 percent.

Travel papers and visas

As of 1 February 2008, Bulgarian nationals, holding Bulgarian (ordinary), diplomatic or official passport, may enter and stay on the territory of Brunei Darussalam without a visa for a period of 30 days.

When leaving the country by air, you will be required to pay “leaving charge” of 5 Brunei dollars, if you are flying to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and 12 Brunei dollars for all other destinations. The charge is paid in local currency at the travelers’ registration counters at the airport.

Information about visa and other consular issues can be obtained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam HERE.

The validity of all kinds of Bulgarian passports should be at least 6 (six) months at the date of entering Brunei Darussalam. When the validity of the passport is less than 6 (six) months at the date of entering, the holder of such passport is not allowed on the territory of Brunei Darussalam.

There are no special vaccine requirements for entering in the country. For more detailed information, you can refer to the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases on telephone number: + 2 944 69 99 / 221.

Practical advice

During the month of Ramadan, which is holy for Muslims, the foreign tourists are advised to refrain from eating and smoking at public places throughout the day until sunset, according to the tradition.

Drink only bottled water.

Drink enough fluids and to eat light food.

Competitive service

When Bulgarian nationals in Brunei Darussalam need to use consular services, they can refer to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Emergency Travel Document

In the event of lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals can have assistance and request issuing a temporary travel document (Emergency Travel Document) with a term of validity up to 1 year, referring to a diplomatic mission of a EU member state in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

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