Brunei - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Brunei

  • Countries with entry bar
  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No mandatory testing for short-term tourist stays. However, people known to be HIV positive are prohibited from entering. HIV testing for students and employees applying for a work and residence permit. Expulsion if HIV infection is detected; duty to immediately notify authorities.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Brunei

People infected with HIV are not allowed to enter or stay in Brunei. 

No HIV testing is required for short-term (tourist) stays. People wishing to work or study in Brunei need a work and residence permit. Persons applying for these titles must undergo a health examination when applying for a work permit in their country of origin and again, within two weeks after entering Brunei. This health check includes HIV testing. No medical certificate has to be presented when entering the country.  

Local authorities will deport HIV-infected foreigners to their native country. A person's residence permit will be cancelled if an HIV infection is detected. Doctors have to report positive HIV test results to the Ministry of Health.

There are no regulations concerning the import of antiretroviral medication for personal use.

(Source: 1)

HIV test required for all persons applying for work permits. 

(Source: 2)


HIV treatment information for Brunei

There are no organisations or treatment centres specialised in HIV/AIDS in Brunei. 

(Source: 1)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Brunei

no information available


Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan

The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.

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  1. Embassy of Germany, Kuala Lumpur, August 14, 2008
    (referring to information provided by the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Brunei Darussalam)
  2. US State Department web site; Travel Publications / December 2006;,
    consulted July 1, 2007 (no longer online)


updated: 1/7/2009
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