Brunei: advice to travellers

For even the most well-travelled among us, there are regions of the world where one must take care no matter how informed we believe ourselves to be. For the unwary, travelling to some states can lead to imprisonment, or even a death sentence, for behaviour which carries no penalties in the West.

“We would strongly recommend finding out before you travel, particularly if you intend to live in a different jurisdiction, whether you are in a relationship that is legal in the state you plan to visit.”

Liz Cowell, member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Brunei is one such state.

If you are in a gay relationship, or an adulterous one, think very carefully before you travel there, as the death penalty has been re-introduced for those in such relationships. There has been worldwide condemnation of the Brunei legislation as is demonstrated by the International Academy of Family Lawyers press release.

Sadly this will not help the naïve traveller and so here at McAlister Family Law we would strongly recommend finding out before you travel, particularly if you intend to live in a different jurisdiction, whether you are in a relationship that is legal in the state you plan to visit.

Liz Cowell is a member of IAFL and can advise on family issues with an international element.

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