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Banking services and currency
The unit of currency is the Brunei Dollar, which is divided into 100 cents and is at par with the Singapore Dollar.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency brought into or taken out of Brunei Darussalam. Major international currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels, some department stores, and the Brunei International Airport.
Business and banking hours Business hours are from 0830 to 1700 hours, Monday to Friday and 0830 to 1200 hours on Saturday.
Departmental stores, shopping centres and supermarkets open daily from 1000 to 2200 hours.
Government offices open from 0745 to 1630 hours, Monday to Thursday and Saturday. Lunch break is from 1215 to 1330 hours.
Generally banks are open from 0845 / 0900 to 1500 / 1600 hours, Monday to Friday and 0845 / 0900 to 1100 / 1130 hours on Saturday.
All business, banks and departmental stores will be closed at 1200 noon to 1400 hours, on Friday for Juma’at prayer and will continue business after the prayer.
Brunei has an equatorial rainforest climate: high humidity, heavy rainfall and an average temperature of 28° Celsius. The monsoon season is from September to January and from May to July.
Major credit cards such as Master Card and Visa are accepted in most hotels, shops, restaurants and automatic teller machines.
Brunei Darussalam recognises international driving permits issued under the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. Bruneians drive on the left side of the road. The wearing of seat belts for drivers and front passengers is compulsory.
Brunei electricity supply is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. Electrical sockets are three-pronged flat-pin type. Electrical appliances rated at 220 volts or 240 volts will operate safely.
Hotels provide a 110-volt supply with 20-watt sockets for electrical razors only. While the television operates on the 625 PAL system.
Fire service 995
The Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha General Hospital (RIPAS) which is the main referral hospital, is about 10 minute-drive from the capital.
Tel: +673-224 2424
Taxes and other charges
1. A B$12-passenger service charge is levied on each person prior to flight departure.
2. There are no sales tax in Brunei Darussalam.
There taxi services available should you wish to hire one. For reservations, please contact: +673 222 2214 or +673 222 6853
The taxis are mostly available in the capital at Jalan Cator. While there is a surcharge fee for taxi rides from 11.00pm to 6.00am.
For inquiries on destination fares, you may call the Land Transport Department at +673 245 1979 during office hours.
A popular means of transportation should you wish to explore the famous Water Village or Kampong Ayer is using the water taxis. You can hail for a water taxis at jetties situated along Brunei River.
Regular boat services to Temburong district are also available which operates from 7.45am to 4.00pm daily.
For a round trip around Kampong Ayer, the fares are mostly negotiable with the boat operators.
Ferry Services and Immigration Control Post
As Brunei Darussalam is situated between the Malaysian state of Sarawak and Sabah, there are ferry services should you wish to travel to the Malaysian town of Labuan.
The ferry services operate from 7.00am to 4.00pm and departs from the Serasa Terminal in Muara Town. The journey is estimated around 45 minutes to an hour.
While to travel to Miri, Sarawak will take you about two-hour drive and the nearest immigration control post is based at Sungai Tujoh in the Belait District. While to travel to Limbang, Sarawak will take about 45 minutes from the capital and the immigration control post is Kuala Lurah.
Another means of transportation is by using the bus. There are six bus routes operating around Bandar Seri Begawan:-
Central Line - runs every 15 minutes and stops at Brunei International Airport, Post Office, Government offices, Terrace Hotel, Sheraton Utama Hotel, Youth Centre, Arts and Handicraft Centre, Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Centre.
Circle Line - runs every 20 minutes and stops at RIPAS hospital, Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Gadong Wet Market, Centrepoint in Gadong, Government Offices, Immigration/Labour department, the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Pusat Dakwah Islamiah Centre, Supasave Mabohai, Terrace Hotel, Sheraton Utama Hotel and the Youth Centre.
The rest of the routes are Eastern Line, Southern Line, Western Line and Northern Line. All of these routes end at the main bus terminal bus in the capital.
Bus fares start from $1.00.
There are also buses that departs for Tutong, Kuala Belait and Seria.
Local calls cost 3 cents per minute and national calls cost 20 cents per minute.
For local calls, direct dial the local number. For national calls, dial the area codes 3 (for Belait District) or 4 (for Tutong District) or 5 (for Temburong District) followed by the number.
For international calls by reverse charge, dial 01. For direct international calls, dial 00 followed by the country code, area code and the number.
Brunei Darussalam also provides a variety of economical telephone cards ranging from $5 above.
There are two leading mobile telephone network offering GSM and 3G network;
i. DST Group offering GSM, 3G and 4G network (www.dst-group.com)
ii. Progressive Cellular Sdn Bhd offering 3G services (www.progresifcellularcom.bn)
Top-up cards are available in most stores while a new sim-card are available for purchase at their respective branches.
Brunei Darussalam is eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.
Airline bookings: Arrivals/Departures
Royal Brunei Airlines +673 221 2222 or +673 224 0500 (www.flyroyalbrunei.com)
Malaysia Airlines +673 222 4141/2
Singapore Airlines +673 224 4901
KLM +673 223 4277 / 78
Korean Air +673 222 7965