Bruneian passport
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Front cover of the current Brunei passport (with chip
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), issued since May 2008
Issued by Brunei
First issued5 May 2008 (biometric version)
EligibilityBruneian citizenship
Expiration5 years

Bruneian Passports are issued to citizens of Brunei for the purpose of international travel. When Brunei was a British protectorate, British passports were used.[1]


The Bruneian Passport is valid for a period of 5 years. To travel overseas, a passport must be valid for at least six months into the future.

Biometric passport

Since May 2008, all Brunei passports contain biometric features. The biometric passport contains a chip which stores facial and fingerprint image.[2]

Brunei passport is coloured red. Brunei's coat of arms is in the middle of the front of the Brunei passport, with the name of the country above it and "passport" below it.

Identification page


The data page/information page is printed in Malay and English.

Certificate of Identity

In lieu of a passport, Bruneian permanent residents who are otherwise stateless are afforded the right to obtain a Bruneian International Certificate of Identity.[3]

Visa requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Bruneian citizens

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Bruneian passports
Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Bruneian passports

As of 28 September 2019, Bruneian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 165 countries and territories, ranking the Bruneian passport 21st in the world in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.[4] Additionally, Arton Capital's Passport index ranked the Bruneian passport 15th in the world in terms of travel freedom, with a visa-free score of 151, as of October 2019.[5]

As of October 2018, the passports of Brunei, Japan, Singapore and San Marino are the only ones to allow either visa-free entry or electronic travel authorisation to the world's four largest economies, namely China, India, the European Union and the United States. The Bruneian passport is also the only one in the world that allows visa-free access to China, Russia, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and the United States, which are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Brunei is also the only Muslim-majority country in the world whose citizens are allowed to enter the United States without a pre-arranged travel visa.

See also


  1. ^ Permanent Mission of Brunei, United Nations[1]
  2. ^ "New biometric passport to be launched today". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  3. ^ Piew Loo, Seng (2009). "Ethnicity and educational policies in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam" (PDF). SA-eDUC. 6: 146-157. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Global Ranking - Passport Index 2018" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Global Passport Power Rank 2022 | Passport Index 2022".