US embassy dismisses visa rumours
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE United States’ (US) embassy yesterday dismissed reports that Bruneians wishing to travel to the US would need to apply for a visa from January onwards.
In a statement, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy Catherine Muller said that there have been no changes made to the current arrangements in place.
“Citizens of Brunei Darussalam are still eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program; the policy has not changed,” she said.
“We welcome travellers from Brunei to (visit) the United States,” she said.
According to the US Department of State’s website, the US Visa Waiver Program enables most citizens and nationals of the 38 participating countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without first obtaining a visa.
The government website lists Brunei as one of the participating countries.
The embassy official confirmed that Bruneians still do not need a visa to travel to the country for tourism, business or transit purposes, subject to the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program being fulfilled.
Those planning on travelling to the United States may visit the US Department of State’s visa travel website https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit.html for more information.
A screengrab of a news article on the website usa-television.com claiming that Brunei had been taken off from the list of countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program was widely shared on the WhatsApp messaging service yesterday.
However, when the website was visited by The Brunei Times yesterday, the article could not be found.
The Brunei Times