Moving to Brunei
Brunei’s full title is Negra Brunei Darussalam, which means ‘Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace’ in Malay. It is easy to see why it is called this, with its lush tropical climate and family orientated lifestyle.
Despite its diminutive size it is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, mainly due to its export of natural gas and the oil reserves which were discovered in 1929. Due to the discovery of oil many major international corporations have bases in the country, resulting in many people from across the globe needing to arrange removals to Brunei for the purpose of their work.
British citizens can enter Brunei for a period of up to 30 days without the need for a visa, however if you plan on relocating to Brunei permanently for work or business purposes you must obtain the correct visa before travelling.
A short stay or business visa can be obtained prior to travel, and will normally take no more than three days to process. Once inside the country this visa can be extended. For those intending to work once in Brunei a work permit must be applied prior to arrival.
Applications for work permits are made to Brunei’s Labour Department, and once issued are valid for two years. A condition of receiving a work permit when considering moving to Brunei is for the applicant to deposit the correct amount of money for the air fare home into a bank account – this is to prevent people from over staying their welcome.
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Upon the issue of the work permit the applicant must apply for the Brunei Identity card, which must be carried at all time.
It is possible for full citizenship to be granted to those relocating to Brunei permanently, however to get this one must take several exams, including exams in the history of the country, its culture and customs and finally an exam in the Malay language.
Anyone entering Brunei should be aware that it is an Islamic country, and therefore its laws and customs should be adhered to and respected. Failure to adhere to the county’s rules can result various forms of punishment, from deportation, a prison sentence or, in the extreme, various forms of corporal punishment.
Because Brunei is such a small country the expat community is spread all over, however the largest group of British expats can be found in the country’s capital city, Bander Seri Begawan. This beautiful city is home to 140,000 residents, a large amount of which are workers from abroad. It has a rich and diverse culture – with influences stretching from Malay, China and Europe.
There are several prominent museums including the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum. Public parks make up a large part of the cityscape, many with excellent trekking trails, such as the Jalan Tasek Lama Park.
Organising international removals to Brunei should be an exciting experience. And while some elements of the moving process can be slightly stressful, selling your home and renting a new on in Brunei for instance, the actual process of shipping furniture and other personal possessions over need not be. Fox Moving & Storage offer a highly rated fully comprehensive international removals service, including collecting your possessions in the UK, dealing with customs and shipping regulations and finally delivering your consignment to your new home.
Contact our team of advisors today for more information on how Fox Moving & Storage can help with your UK removals to Brunei.
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