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Brunei Citizen Services
Traveling to USA
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Traveling to USA
Holders of a Brunei Darussalam national passport that meet one of the following criteria do not require a visa to enter the United States of America for tourism or business travel of up to 90 days.
Issued after October 26, 2006 and include an integrated computer chip;
Issued between October 26, 2005 - October 25, 2006 which is machine readable and include a digital photograph; or
Issued before October 26, 2005 and is machine readable.
Holders of a Brunei Darussalam regular passport which do not comply with the above criteria, diplomatic and official passport holders are required to apply for a visa to enter the United States.
For further information or clarification, contact Embassy of the United States in Brunei Darussalam.
Before you leave for your trip to the United States, it is important to know that the United States Customs prohibits or restricts several items/goods to enter the United States. Restricted items are those that require special licenses or permits from a federal agency in the U.S before the item is allowed to enter. Some examples are firearms and certain fruits, vegetables, pets and textiles.
Countries are required to apply for travel authorization through Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov to travel to US for business or pleasure for less than 90 days
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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 :
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.
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.
It is strongly recommended that you buy travel insurance, especially if you are travelling to distant countries.
Ensure that your passport is still valid for at least six months before the expiry date.
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.
Ascertain and comply with the health regulations of the countries you are visiting. Remember that most countries punish narcotics offenders with heavy fines, imprisonment or even death.
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.
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.
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.
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