Brunei postpones entry/exit charges

By S. Harrish

BRUNEI has postponed the implementation of entry and exit charges at land border checkpoints to Oct 1, following a request from the Sarawak government.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this comes after he sent a letter to the Brunei government asking for the postponement of the charges, which was supposed to start yesterday, reports Bernama.

“I have asked the Brunei government to discuss in depth as well as to take into account certain matters (in the implementation of the entry and exit charges).

“We highly appreciate and thank the Brunei government for postponing the implementation of the entry and exit charges,” he said.

On July 9, the Brunei government announced that it would impose B$3 (RM9.18) in exit and entry charges from Aug 1 on all people leaving and entering the country through its land control posts.

The Brunei finance ministry said the objective was to standardise payments and charges imposed on anyone leaving or entering by air or sea.