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Travel advise: payments in Brunei
Jet off well-informed to Brunei. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Brunei Darussalam.
Nearly all retailers in Brunei accept card payments. This includes most supermarkets, department stores, hotels, chain restaurants etc. However, travellers need to be aware that most card machines in Brunei cannot handle chip and pin payments. Most credit and debit card payments in Brunei are made by swiping the magnetic strip. Many British bank cards do not support so-called ‘swipe and sign payments’ unless this feature is activated.
Contactless payments in Brunei are available for smaller purchases of up to $100 BND. Singaporean contactless smart cards such as EZ-link and NETS Flashpay are also accepted in Brunei. Contactless payments can be used to pay for taxis and public transport.
Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Brunei. In addition, your bank’s BND to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Brunei or anwyere in South East Asia, it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It’s recommended to take some local cash with you on your trip to Brunei. All merchants in Brunei will accept both Brunei Dollars and Singapore Dollars, for which the exchange rates are in parity.
Cash remains a popular payment method in Brunei and it’s a great fallback option should your card payments be declined.
Contrary to what you may think, the cost of living in Brunei is actually lower than the cost of living in the UK. On average, prices are around 1/3 lower in Brunei than in Britain.
A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around $25 BND per person. For a coffee in a cafe you can expect to pay around $4 BND.
It’s not common practice to leave a tip in Brunei. In some restaurants, a 10% service charge may be added to the bill. Just paying the bill, including the service charge, is fine.
Banknotes in Brunei
All Brunei Dollar banknotes are made of polymer plastic. The older, paper banknotes are no longer in use. Singapore and Brunei Dollars circulate alongside each other and both currencies are accepted for payments in Brunei, under the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between neighbouring countries Brunei and Singapore.
The Brunei Dollar banknotes in circulation are $1, $5, $10, $50 and $100. There is a $20 BND commemorative banknote. The high value banknotes of $500, $1000 are less common. The highest banknote is $10,000 BND but this banknote is not in general use for day-to-day payments in Brunei.
Coins in Brunei
Bruneian coins range from 1 sen ($0.01 BND) to 50 sen ($0.50 BND). One Brunei Dollar is divided into 100 sen. Did you get back from Brunei with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Brunei Dollar coins back to cash.
Brunei’s currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the amount of Brunei Dollars travellers can take in or out of Brunei. However there are some restrictions on foreign currencies. Travellers are allowed to import and export $1000 Singapore Dollars. Indian Rupees are prohibited. Other currencies need to be declared on arrival and exit.
Travellers can export up to the amount of foreign currency declared upon arrival.
Ordering Brunei Dollars online
Order Brunei Dollars online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Brunei Dollars online.
Selling back Brunei Dollars
If you have Brunei Dollars to sell, follow this link to exchange Brunei Dollars to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘BND Brunei Dollar’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Brunei Dollars.