Brunei Darussalam agreed, following the request of the Sarawak Government, to postpone the enforcement of entry and exit charges at land border checkpoints until Oct 1.
Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Sarawak's Deputy Chief Minister, told Brunei that he had recently submitted to the government of Brunei a letter requesting postponements to enforce the charges.
"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 Government of Brunei Darussalam for postponing the implementation of the entry and exit charges,” he told reporters after attending a ceremony to hand out sacrificial meat in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration at Masjid Lawas.
The Brunei government announced on 9 July that it will charge all persons who are leaving and entering the country through its Land Control Points for B$3 (approximately RM9.18) in exit and entry charges beginning on 1 August.
Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam said in a statement that the charges will be paid according to the Exit and Entry Charges Order 2020, which grants the Royal Customs and Excise department's Controller powers in this regard.
"The main objective for the implementation of these charges is to standardise payments and charges that have been imposed on the public leaving or entering Brunei Darussalam through air or sea,” the statement said.
All citizens, including Brunei citizens, who wish to exit or enter Brunei through the land control points, either by car or as a pedestrian will be charged the fee.
The fee does not however apply to people traveling for official purposes in a vehicle belonging to the government of the Brunei government or other country, to vehicles used for funerals, consular personnel, official government employees of Brunei Darussalam, to children two years of age or less.
The ministry said anyone intending to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam through land control posts must register online through the Royal Customs and Excise Department’s Exit and Entry System (EES) at https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.
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