In May 2014 Brunei began phasing in a new criminal code based on sharia law. Offences in this first phase became punishable with a fine, imprisonment or both. Prayer for Muslims on Fridays became compulsory and, consequently, all businesses and restaurants tend to be shut between noon and 2pm. However, plans to introduce more severe penalties, including the severing of limbs for theft and stoning to death for adultery, have come to naught; it seems they are not popular with Bruneians. Still, make sure you're up to date on Brunei's laws in order to ensure you're on the right side of them.

Drugs & Alcohol

The sale and public consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Brunei, though non-Muslims are allowed to import limited amounts. Drug trafficking is punishable by the death penalty.