Country Guide: Brunei Darussalam
Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.
Updated: May 17, 2017
Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Copy of passport
- Residence visa
- Detailed, valued inventory
- Letter of employment
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / telex release/air waybill (AWB)
- Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
- Used household goods and personal effects can be imported duty-free.
- Shipment is subject to the payment of Customs duties if new items are found.
- Fumigation is not required for shipments into Brunei Darussalam.
- Approval letter from Brunei Land Transport Department
- Approval from Brunei Customs
- Copy of owner of the goods’ passport
- Only Bruneian / permanent residents that are working/studying abroad are allowed to import used vehicles into Brunei.
- The vehicle must be under the ownership of the goods’ name for at least 12 months.
- The vehicle must not exceed 5 years old at the time of importation.
- The owner of the goods must be in Brunei at the time of importation.
- The owner of the goods must notify the Brunei Customs and seek approval for duty exemption before importation.
- Once approval is obtained, the owner of the goods must have an approved permit issued by Customs before the time of importation.
- Duty exemption will only be given once.
- After the importation of the vehicle, the owner of the goods is not allowed to change the ownership within four years from the date of approval given.
- Only diplomats are exempted from this regulation prior to approvals from their local embassies.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- Import permit issued by Brunei Agriculture Department
- Export permit issued by origin country
- Invoice (for Customs purposes only)
- All pets are subject to quarantine.
- The length of time varies and depends on the country from which the animal is imported.
- All pets are subject to approval for import from the Brunei Agriculture Department
- The import permit and documents required must be obtained prior to import.
- The following items require the permission of the Controller of Customs:
- Publication and printed materials, such as film, CD, VCD, LD, DVD, cassettes
- Any religious publication, any written ‘Quranic’ verses
- Fresh, chilled, and frozen meat
- Any living plant, planting materials
- Any living animals and all parts of animals under CITES article
- Live animals, aquatic marine, breeding prawn food
- Timber and timber product
- Health food, snacks, beverages, medicines, traditional medicines, chemicals, and radioactive materials
- Antiques or articles of historical nature made or discovered in Brunei
- All used/reconditioned vehicles with or without engine
- Telecommunication and radio communication apparatus
- The order, insignias, medals, badges, and decoration instituted by statues of His Majesty The Sultan
- Ice, sugar, salt, rice paddy, and products thereof
- Mineral water and building materials
- Gases that deplete the ozone layer (ODS) used especially in servicing and maintaining air conditioners, refrigeration, vehicles, and fire extinguishers
- Alcoholic beverages
- Motorcars, motorcycles, lorries, omnibuses including minibusses, tractors, and trailers
- Poisons and deleterious drugs
- Dangerous drugs
- Firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, any dangerous weapon, and scrap iron
- Cigarettes without health warning written on their packaging
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air/sea shipments.
Cultural and Other Information
CIA World Factbook Entry for Brunei Darussalam
Wikipedia Entry for Brunei Darussalam