Brunei passport ranking
The Bruneian passport currently ranks on the 21st place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 166 countries. Raking it high on the overall mobility score. Bruneian passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to countries such as Japan, China, Ukraine, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States and the entire European Union allowing almost instant international travel. Bruneian passport holders do however require an visa to enter about 60 countries in the world.
The Sultanate of Brunei is consisting of four administrative districts. It is located in Southeastern Asia bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia. The four districts are Belait, Brunei dan Muara, Temburong and Tutong. The district of Temburong is separated from all other districts and is only connected to the rest of the country via a bridge. Brunei has a total surface area of 5,765 square kilometers.
The overall population is 459,500 inhabitants. The capital of the country is Bandar Seri Begawan, which is also the most populous city with a population of 150,000 people. The largest and only airport is Brunei International Airport (BWN) with an approximate yearly passenger traffic of 1.8 million people. BWN is the only public airport in the country, hosting the national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines with worldwide connections.
Its culture is dominated by Islam with 78.8% of the population being Muslim and the official language being Malay. The legal system is a mix of the Islamic sharia law and the English common law. The government form is an absolute monarchy with Sultan and Prime minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah as chief of state and head of government. Elections are only held at a village level to elect the head of the village.
The official currency of the country is the Brunei Dollar (BND) with a current exchange rate of 1.34 to the USD. The Brunei Dollar is fixed to the Singapore dollar at parity and is therefore interchangeable as currency. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $36.8 billion. It has a high per capita income of $85,011. Almost all of the GDP is still originating from the petroleum and petrochemical sectors. The government focuses on the development of other sources of income such as the services sector to reduce the dependency on oil and gas.
The Sultanate of Brunei has a variety of tourist destinations. In general, tourism is governed by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism. Some of the major destinations include the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, the Brunei Museum, the Istana Nurul Iman palace, the Jerudong Park and the Ulu Temburong National Park. Tourists visit the country for its warm climate, beaches and beautiful nature with big parts of the country’s nature being protected as national parks. The majority of the 280,000 yearly overnight tourists are originating from the neighboring Southeast Asian countries but there is an increasing number of visitors from outside the region.