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Advice to Brunei Citizens Traveling Abroad - Before Departure
Before any Brunei citizens wishes to travel abroad, they have to make sure they have a valid visa to the countries they are travelling. They can sought information from High Commissions and Embassies based in Brunei Darussalam.
Advice to Brunei Citizens Traveling Abroad – Upon Departure
If Brunei citizens encounter problems while traveling abroad, help can be sought from Brunei Darussalam's High Commissions or Embassies.
Many problems can be avoided by careful preparation prior to departure and by ensuring compliance with the laws of the countries visited. The following are some advice to Brunei citizens travelling abroad.
Before leaving Brunei Darussalam:
1. Ensure that you have a return ticket or, if this is not possible set aside sufficient funds to buy a return ticket. Some countries require that you have a return ticket.
2. Reserve money to cover emergencies, including the possibility that you may need to pay the airline to carry baggage in excess of your weight allowance.
3. It is strongly recommended that you buy travel insurance, especially if you are travelling to distant countries.
4. Ensure that your passport is still valid for at least six months before the expiry date.
5. Ascertain the visa requirement of the countries you are visiting and comply with those requirements. Information can either be obtained from the appropriate embassy or high commission in Brunei Darussalam, from your travel agent or from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam.
6. Ascertain and comply with the health regulations of the countries you are visiting.
7. Remember that most countries punish narcotics offenders with heavy fines, imprisonment or even death.
8. Avoid carrying unnecessary jewellery and other valuables. If you must take valuable items, be careful how you use or wear them. Always store them safely when not in use. Most hotels have safe deposit boxes.
9. Find out if the country you are visiting limits (or bans) the importation, sale or use of liquor - ensuring that you comply with those regulations.
10. Check out the laws applying to the importation of farm produce (or items containing farm produce) as well as live or dead plants and animals (including items made from or containing elements derived from plants or animals) of the country you are visiting. A written consent may be needed to import these items. Information can be obtained from the embassy or high commission of the country concerned.
Refuse to accept packages for inclusion in your luggage from strangers. As a minimum precaution, the contents of the package should be thoroughly examined because it may contain illegal substances. If in any doubt, politely refuse.
When reaching the country of destination – Upon Arrival
1. When you reach your destination call the appropriate airline or travel agent as soon as possible to reconfirm your onward or return flight booking.
2. Ensure that you comply with the laws of the countries visited.
3. Avoid going out alone to areas that you are not sure of its safety. At night, do not use roads, which are dark and quiet.
4. Always be careful with your wallet or handbag and avoid bringing all your money. Store the money not needed safely in the hotel's safe deposit boxes.
5. Ensure that your accommodation / hotel are safe. Avoid using the lift with a suspicious person. Ensure that you are not being followed when returning to your accommodation / hotel and do not open your door for strangers. Contact the hotel securities when you feel suspicious.
6. Always be careful with strangers who are trying to offer you help or companionship. They may have other motives.
7. Do not get involved with any business dealings with strangers without checking out their backgrounds.
8. Do not use illegal taxies.
9. Ensure your stay permit is not overdue. Extension of stay permit, if needed, must be done before your stay permit expires.
10. You are advised to inform Brunei Darussalam's Embassy or High Commission in the visiting country about your address and contact number especially if you are planning to stay in that country for a long period. These information are important to enable the embassy or high commission to contact you in time of emergencies and others.
When leaving the country of visit
1. Do not bring restricted items without written consent from the appropriate authorities.
2. Refuse to accept packages for inclusion in your luggage from strangers. As a minimum precaution, the contents of the package should be thoroughly examined because it may contain illegal substances. If in any doubt, politely refuse.
3. Put aside some money for the possibility that you may need to pay the airline to carry baggage in excess of your weight allowance.
Always allow plenty of time for your journey to the airport especially in countries, which are prone to traffic jams. Arriving late to find the airport check-in deck closed causes ill feeling and you will miss your flight.
The safety and well-being of any traveller is largely his or her responsibility. Most problems can be avoided by ascertaining the regulations applying to each country being visited and planning well in advance to ensure that you comply with those requirements
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