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12 Things To Know When Driving From Sarawak to Brunei and Sabah.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah
Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah borders.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah is way more exciting than using the air route on a journey. Here are 12 things you must know.

Traveling to Sabah or Sarawak by air route is already a top choice for the majority of users. But driving across the Sarawak / Brunei / Sabah border also offers a different experience.

If you are planning to travel along the Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah main route, here is a handy guide for you.

1. Get Ready for Brunei Currency for Toll Pay

While driving in Brunei, the vehicle passes through the Rasau Course Bridge Toll. The rate charged on a typical vehicle is Brunei Dollar (BND) $ 3.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah
Get Ready for Brunei Currency for Toll Pay.

If the trip involves going back and forth, then be prepared for two-way toll payment. In addition to Brunei currencies, the toll also accepts payments in the Singapore Dollar.

2. Fill up petrol before entering Brunei

In Brunei, foreign vehicles are only allowed to refuel at selected gas stations.

Therefore, in order to avoid the problem of cars being run out of gasoline, they need to return to Miri.

Do not forget to fuel up your vehicles. Make it full!

So, first, check the remaining fuel on the vehicle before moving to the Brunei border and refill as much of the car as possible.

3. Entering Brunei Territory Twice

In general, the inland journey from Sarawak to Sabah crosses the Brunei region twice between the Miri-Brunei-Limbang and Limbang-Brunei-Lawas borders.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah
Pos Imigresen Sindumin-Merapok.

4. Temporary Pass / Exit of Vehicles in Brunei

Unlike previous years where drivers had to fill out forms while manually entering/entering a vehicle at a control or immigration post in Brunei, drivers can now complete the form online from home before departure.

Brunei Vehicle Incoming / Pass Provider Passes can be filled online at the Brunei Vehicle Online Pass (VES) portal

Subsequently, all you need to do is enter the basic details of the vehicle on the Brunei Vehicle Online Pass (VES) portal, and then print the slip that will be included with the QR Code. The validity period of the pass is 3 months from the date of registration.

5. Scan Passes Temporarily In/Out of Vehicle

As explained, the printed slip will have a QR Code display. It is the duty and responsibility of the driver himself to ensure that every vehicle OUT and ENTER in Brunei’s control post, the slip (QR code on the slip or fit) should be scanned on the scanner tool located at the control post.

In addition, there are times where the scanner’s location is not “prominent” in some of the control posts, so it’s best to ask the customs officer who is always there to help.

6. Use Waze for a Road Guide

For the first time driving on the Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah highway, of course, you will be lost. Therefore, activating the Waze application throughout the journey is particularly helpful at the crossroads.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah
For the first-timer, it is important too using Waze.

Only in Brunei, if you still need to use the Waze app, you need to enable internet roaming that charges around RM10 to RM20 a day depending on the telco you use.

7. Prohibited Items and Controls

As we enter Brunei, it is advisable to check that goods brought for personal use or for sale are classified as Brunei’s controlled goods or prohibited goods.

The image is just an illustration. You should read the guidelines of prohibited items to Brunei.

8. Avoid Drivings During Peaks

No one likes to get stuck in traffic where vehicles linger long and have to wait for hours before continuing on their way to the destination.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah
Driving during peak hours.

To avoid such incidents, it is advisable that you plan a trip to avoid the rush hour at the Brunei immigrant post especially at work or on weekends because at that time there will be many vehicles coming in and out of the border control post.

9. Immigration Post Operation Time

Always check the immigration post office hours. The standard operating hours of the immigration post are between 6.00 am to 12 pm-midnight and the operating hours will usually be extended during the festive season.

10. Passport 

Besides that, as the journey from Miri, Sarawak to Sipitang Sabah passes through Brunei, make sure every passenger has a passport (including minors).

Therefore, for those who do not have a passport, here are some of the types of passports you can get from the Immigration Department of Malaysia, depending on their needs:

This is the look of the Malaysian Passport.

Malaysia International Passport – RM200 for 5 years. The fee for children and the elderly is RM100.

Limited Passport to Brunei – for Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan. This passport can only be used in Brunei. The fee is RM50 for 5 years.

Group Travel Documents – for Malaysian citizens, a minimum of 5 to 20 people. This document can be used to visit ASEAN countries (except the Philippines and Indonesia). The validity period of this document is only 9 months and costs RM200 for one document.

11. Nine Immigration Control Post

Along the way from Miri, Sarawak to Brunei and then to Sipitang, Sabah, we will pass 9 Immigration Control Positions.

  • Sindumin, Sabah (pos imigresen Sindumin dan Merapok berada pada bangunan yang sama)
  • Merapok, Sarawak
  • Trusan, Sarawak
  • Labu, Brunei
  • Temburong, Brunei
  • Pandaruan, Limbang
  • Tedungan, Limbang
  • Sungai Tujuh, Kuala Belait, Brunei
  • Sungai Tujoh, Miri, Sarawak

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah is way more exciting than using the air route on a journey. Here are 12 things you must know.

12. Plan travel and obey traffic laws

Driving from Miri, Sarawak to Kota Kinabalu can take between 8hrs and 10hrs depending on the rate of driving, traffic and the amount of time you spend resting on the trip (such as watering, resting, etc.).

So plan your trip and start early so you can get to your destination right on time.

Last but not least, driving on Brunei highways is certainly fun because the surface of the road is “slippery” without holes. However, always be careful to obey the rules of the road such as speed limits and follow the left lane if you do not cut.

In conclusion, never follow a vehicle that accelerates beyond the speed limit, so as not to harm the country’s reputation and reputation when caught committing traffic offenses in Brunei.

Driving from Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah is way more exciting than using the air route on a journey.

Here is the reference for the Malay version: 

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