Capital Bandar Seri Begawan
ESTA applicants in a year 1 034
Joined VWP 1993
Eligible for ESTA Yes

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Brunei and the Visa Waiver Program

The state of Brunei is one of the 38 countries whose citizens are eligible to travel to the United States with an electronic ESTA as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It was set up by the U.S. Congress in 1986. Visitors from Brunei can travel to the United States for reasons of tourism, business, medical or transit, without needing to apply for a full visa.

All citizens of Brunei can apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before boarding their US-bound air or sea vessel and must have received confirmation of approval before departure. Travel on an ESTA as part of the VWP allows citizens of Brunei to travel to the United States for a period of 90 days or less at any one time

Brunei-US Relationship

Brunei and the United States have had international relations for over 150 years, with the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation having been signed on June 23rd 1850. This treaty came after the visit of U.S. Naval ship, the U.S.S. Constitution, which traveled around the world during the mid-1800s, stopping off in Brunei on April 6th, 1845.

This treaty is still in place today and was celebrated again in 2011 when the U.S. Embassy opened in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. There is also an Embassy of Brunei located in Washington D.C., which was opened in 1984.

The Sultan of Brunei visited President Obama during a state visit in 2013 but is yet to visit President Donald Trump.