When traveling to Thailand from Brunei, it is important to know how the journey can be made and what to expect when crossing the Thai border.
Both the Nation of Brunei in the north of Borneo and Thailand are popular destinations for holidaymakers and backpackers in Southeast Asia, who may need to make the journey from one country to the other.
International travelers must meet certain requirements to gain entry to the country. The conditions for foreign nationals from third countries to enter Thailand may differ from the requirements for Bruneian citizens.
Find out how to travel from Brunei to Thailand with this brief guide.
How to Get from Brunei to Thailand
Most travelers choose to fly from Brunei to Thailand. Although both countries are in Southeast Asia, they are separated by nearly 2000 km and travelers must cross the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand to get from one to the other. The easiest way to travel is by air.
There are various flight options between Brunei and Thailand, all of which fly from Brunei International Airport (BWN), located in Bandar Seri Begawan (the capital of the country). Services to Thailand include flights to the following destinations:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BKK)
- Don Mueang, Bangkok (DMK)
- Udon Thani (UTH)
- Chiang Mai (CNX)
- Hat Yai (HDY)
An alternative option is to cross the border from Brunei into the Malaysian state of Sarawak and fly to Thailand from Malaysia, for example from Miri Airport.
Flights from Brunei to Thailand can cost anything from $60 (USD) to several hundred dollars, depending on the route taken, the airline, and the time of year.
Aside from flying, there are also ferry services between Brunei and certain parts of Thailand, including Phuket and Krabi.
It is impossible to travel all the way by land, as the Nation of Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, while Thailand is on the Asian mainland.
Thai Border Control from Brunei
Upon arrival in Thailand, travelers coming from Brunei will have to pass through border control. Whether the traveler is a Bruneian national or a citizen of another country, certain documents will be required to cross the border.
The requirements for entering Thailand vary depending on the traveler’s nationality.
Some visitors may have to obtain a visa in advance. This can be done in Brunei by applying for the online Thailand eVisa from any location with an internet connection.
What Documents Are Required to Enter Thailand from Brunei?
Anyone traveling from Brunei to Thailand must be prepared to present certain documents at border control to be allowed to enter the country.
Required documents include the following:
- Valid passport
- Valid visa (if applicable)
Citizens of many countries must obtain a visa to enter Thailand for any length of time and for any purpose, including tourism and leisure.
Nationals of a number of countries can fill out a Thailand online visa application from the comfort of their own home or accommodation in Brunei and avoid the trouble of going to a Thai embassy or consulate.
What Documents Do Bruneian Nationals Need to Enter Thailand?
Citizens of Brunei must have a valid passport to travel to Thailand.
No visa is required for short stays of up to 30 days for the purpose of tourism. Nationals of Brunei are also permitted to re-enter the country without a visa as many times as they like, providing no visit lasts longer than 30 days.
However, if a Bruneian citizen wishes to spend longer than 30 days in Thailand, they will require a visa to do so.
Similarly, if they plan to relocate to Thailand or accept employment in the country, they will need the relevant visa.
How to Apply for a Thai eVisa from Brunei
Travelers in Brunei can apply for the Thailand eVisa by completing an online application form.
This is a quick and simple process thanks to the user-friendly system and the application can be completed from anywhere that allows the individual to connect to the internet. This eliminates the need to go to a Thai embassy, as with a traditional visa.
The applicant must enter the following information:
- Basic personal data (full name, country of origin, date of birth, etc.)
- Passport information
- Contact details
- Travel plans
There are also a few questions related to security that must be answered.
In order to apply successfully, applicants must meet the Thailand eVisa requirements. These include holding a passport issued by an eligible country.
Once the application is submitted, the eVisa is delivered to the email address provided within a few business days.