Airport testing is no longer required for inbound travelers


James Kon

Incoming passengers, including returning citizens and residents, are allowed to take the required three days of COVID screening using the rapid antigen test (ART) kit at home or at the hotel, which previously had to be carried out upon arrival at Brunei International Airport.

Legal action will be taken against those who fail to take the test under the provisions of Section 62(A), Chapter 204 of the Infectious Diseases Act.

The latest measure to reduce congestion at the airport was shared by Health Minister Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during yesterday’s daily press conference.

“The Ministry of Health has reviewed the management of ART for all passengers.

“So, from this afternoon, ART on arrival will be done by passengers themselves when they arrive at their homes or hotels.

“Each passenger will receive three ART kits to use on day of arrival, day 2 and day 3 and the results must be uploaded to the BruHealth app,” the minister said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham added: “The BruHealth color code for each passenger arriving in the country will automatically change to red. However, passengers who upload negative ART test results will be issued a day pass through the BruHealth app which allows them to enter any facility in the country.

The guideline complies with the provisions of Section 62(A), Chapter 204 of the Infectious Diseases Act, under which non-compliance may result in legal action.

With the announcement, the Minister urged the public to comply with the latest measures to ease airport congestion and follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“The increasing number of travelers entering the country means that their number can reach thousands at any time, which can cause two to three hours of delay.

“Before passengers board the flight to Brunei Darussalam, they are already required to test for COVID-19 using ART or PCR, hence the decision to allow them to take the test at home or in the hotel.

“If a passenger does not take the test and upload the result to the BruHealth app, their code will turn red, preventing them from entering the premises,” he added.


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