In this day and age, it really sadden’s me to have to write this. As a travel agent, I find it my duty to inform and warn travellers that you could be in danger without even realising it – simply because you are flying Royal Brunei Airlines, transiting in Brunei or docking in a port in Brunei. 

As of the 3rd of April 2019, the full Sharia Penal Code has been implemented in Brunei and applies to residents and travellers even while you are in transit in Brunei or onboard a Royal Brunei aircraft.

“…just because you are gay or an unmarried couple…does not give anyone the right to stone you to death!” 

Under this code some offences can attract physical punishment, while others attract executions. The absurd part of this all – these laws will punish blasphemy, sodomy and adultery with death by stoning, amputation for theft, and public flogging as punishment for abortion as well as facing 15 years in prison. Similarly, pregnancy out of wedlock is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Let me paint a picture of the man behind it all. The 72 year old Sultan of Brunei, has billions of dollars to his name (thanks to Brunei’s abundant oil riches), lives in a lavish 1,788-room palace and reportedly owns an estimated of 150 homes, 7,000 cars, and several aircraft. He owns nine luxurious hotels across the globe. Let’s not forget, he has four wives and scores of children.

Basically these new laws, which have been described by many as “barbaric”, will see anyone caught engaging in same-sex sexual activity flogged and stoned to death. This law applies to all, even while you are in transit in Brunei or flying on Royal Brunei Airlines.

For this reason, Connected Travel will be boycotting Royal Brunei Airlines.

We will be extending this boycott to include the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei –

  • Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles,
  • The Beverley Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills,
  • The Dorchester in London,
  • 45 Park Lane in London,
  • Coworth Park in Ascot,
  • Le Meurice in Paris
  • Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris,
  • Hotel Eden in Rome
  • Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

Expressing your human rights is important to us. Just because you are gay or an unmarried couple showing your love and affection to one another does not give anyone the right to stone you to death!