Country: Brunei Darussalam is one of the smallest and wealthiest countries in the world. It is home to some of the largest oil fields in Southeast Asia. It is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo. Malay is the official language, but English is also widely spoken and understood. Various dialects of Chinese and Indian are used in various communities. Its capital is Bandar Seri Begawan and the population is approximately 412,000.
How to access emergency services: Dial 991
Currency: Brunei dollar (BND)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Brunei Darussalam, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Brunei Darussalam hospital: Brunei has one of the best publicly run health care systems in the world. It has excellent hospital facilities in all four of its districts, the largest of which is Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, located in the country's capital.
There are also two private hospitals. The five general hospitals are supplemented by the health clinics situated around the country. The facilities are equipped with highly modern medical facilities.
Visitors to the country are responsible for any payments for medical treatment they receive, and there is a possibility that if they require care while in Brunei, they may need to be evacuated to Singapore.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Brunei Darussalam: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Brunei Darussalam-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices