Jab certificates, cross-country permits when entering Brunei

MIRI: Effective July 13, all foreign-based transporters must produce Covid-19 vaccination certificates together with cross-country permits issued by Brunei before they are allowed to enter.

They are given a grace period from June 1 until  July 12 to get their drivers vaccinated, Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin has revealed.

“Digital vaccination certificates on MySejahtera app are also accepted,” he pointed out today.

Lee added that Brunei would also give consideration to drivers who had taken their first dose, but only if they show proof of the date for their second dose on MySejahtera.

“The vaccination requirement only applies to transport operators, not normal travellers.

“In view of this requirement, I strongly urge all logistics companies who have cross border businesses in Brunei as well as transporters who go to Limbang and Lawas through Brunei, to have their drivers vaccinated during the grace period.”

He said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had agreed for these drivers to be given priority for vaccination in the respective divisions. 

“I would like to request all Residents, as chairmen of the divisional disaster management committees and divisional medical officers to work closely with the logistic companies and the Sarawak Transport Ministry on this matter,” said Lee, who is also the minister in-charge of Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee.

Earlier, this requirement released by Brunei on May 31 had created anxiety among Sarawakian transporters.

To clear the uncertainty, Lee had spoken to the Brunei Consulate- General based in Kuching today to seek clarification.

Lee thanked the Consulate-General for clarifying the matter and “providing us with the latest information.”