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Fast facts

Location
Brunei Darussalam, the Adobe of Peace, is located on the northern shore of the Island of Borneo. Although it occupies less than 1% of Borneo's land area, Brunei Darussalam is the only sovereign country on the island surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Climate/Weather
Brunei Darussalam is generally hot and humid all year round with temperatures ranging between 23 to 32. There is no distinct rainy reason, however, the period from November to March tends to bring heavier rains.

Language
Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language of Brunei Darussalam. English is also widely spoken in the country. In addition, a segment of the population also speaks Mandarin, Chinese dialects and native languages of Borneo.

Culture
Brunei Darussalam's language, architecture, ceremonies, and customs governing daily life show that the culture is deeply rooted in its Malay origins. Today, Bruneians are predominantly Malay with a significant number of Chinese, Indian and indigenous groups.

The nation's Malay Islamic Monarchy combines the best of Malay culture with teachings of Islam which illustrate the mutual respect between ruler and subjects. While Brunei is indeed a Muslim country, it also allows the practice of other religion and beliefs.

Traditional festivals
The main religious festival in Brunei is the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, which is celebrated by Muslim to mark the end of the fasting month. Among the other religious festivals, Chinese New Year is celebrated by the Chinese in Marking the beginning of the Lunar New Year.

Entry Requirement

All visitors must fulfill the following immigration entry requirements before entering Brunei Darussalam:

  • A passport/travel document with at least 6 months validity which is recognised by the Brunei Director of Immigration and National Registration.
  • A valid visa (requirements vary by nationality).
  • Confirmed onward/return tickets (where applicable).

Visa Requirements

The requirements of Visa permits for Brunei vary depending on which country you are travelling from and also on the purpose of your visit. There are two different types of visas as follows:-

  • Professional/Business Visit Visa
    This type of Visas is issued for stay of up to 3 months to those who are conducting short business trips and those who are visiting for training purposes
  • Short/Social Visit Visa
    This visa allows visitors to stay in Brunei for a period ranging from a few days to 2 weeks and its generally issued to tourists, and those visiting friends and relatives.

Banking and Finance

HSBC International Banking Centre in Brunei was set up especially to help locals and expatriates who have financial needs in more than one country. Our International Banking Officer will help you make the most out our global network in managing your accounts wherever you are based. Our address:-

1st Floor, HSBC Chambers,
Corner of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Pemancha,
Bandar Seri Begawan BS8811
Main Office Brunei/Muara District

The banking hours are from 8.45am to 4pm Monday to Fridays and 8.45am to 11.30am on Saturdays(excluding Brunei public holidays).

HSBC has 10 branches nationwide and ATM at over 26 locations in Brunei and over one million ATMs worldwide giving you access to your account. In addition our electronic banking channels include 24-hour Premier Phone Banking services and Internet banking services via online@hsbc.

If you are a Premier customer in your home country, you will also be accorded Premier status in Brunei, which means that you will be able to receive the same privileges given to Premier Customers in Brunei. Such privileges include having a Premier Relationship Manager assigned to you, who will take care all your financial needs. You will also have access to our two Premier Centres located in Brunei.

Getting around

The main modes of public transport in Brunei Darussalam are taxis and buses. Metered taxis are available at most hotels, shopping centres and the airport. In the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, taxis can be found at the Jalan Cator car park. There is also a comprehensive public bus system which serves the capital and other destinations. There are six bus routes serving Bandar Seri Begawan, with buses running every 15 to 20 minutes.

Buses to other major towns such as Seria and Kuala Belait depart from the bus terminal located at the Jalan Cator park in downtown Bandar.

In addition, there are also cars available for hire from major hotels and the airport.

Accommodation in Brunei

Whether you are here for a short visit or staying for a longer period of time, Brunei offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit your needs.

  • Short-term accommodation
    Brunei provides a wide variety of accommodation for shorts stay ranging from service apartment to hotels, most of which are located in the heart of the city or near the business districts for your convenience.
  • Long-term Housing
    If you are staying for an extended period of time, there are private flats, apartments or houses available for rent.

Healthcare

The Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital is situated about 0.8 kilometer from the heart of the capital. There are also 10 private clinics in Brunei which provide treatments, ranging from dematology and paediatrics to ophthalmology and maternity services.

For basic consultations, patients can go to clinic, in seeking emergency services, patients can go to the 24-hour Accident & Emergency Department at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.

Education

Brunei's education system provides a wide range of options from pre-school right through to university. The education system emphasises literacy, numeracy, science, physical education, as well as civics and moral education. In addition, the bilingual policy enables Brunei's children to acquire the national language, Malay, and also English.

The education structure in Brunei is made up of 3 levels; primary, secondary and tertiary. After seven years in primary school (including one year of preschool) and five years in secondary school, students have an option to either continue their post-secondary education up to university level, or join one of the many vocational and technical schools, which equip students with skilled labour in various fields.

Brunei has one main university: the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). There are also a number of public and private education institutes catering to local, expatriate and special needs students, such as the Brunei Institute of Technology (ITB), who offers courses in Business, Finance and Information Technology the International School of Brunei (ISB) and Jerudong International School (JIS) which offers qualification based on the British Curriculum and PDS International School, who specializes in education for preschool and primary school children.

Communication

Telecommunications
The two mobile phone operators in Brunei, DST and B-mobile, provide telecommunication services. There are branches available nationwide for registration of new phone lines or purchase of prepaid services.

Internet
Brunei's internet services available with most hotels, homes, schools, and business's having access to broadband connection. Internet cafes can also be easily found in the business and shopping districts.

Note:
Information for this webpage was sourced from Brunei tourism, Ministry of Education, Immigration and National Registration.

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