The process after entering Singapore

Updated 1 year ago by Layton Leow

1 - For pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in

  • Australia (excluding Victoria State)
  • Brunei
  • Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province)
  • New Zealand

For pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions:

  1. They must take an on-arrival COVID-19 test ($160 per person including GST). Employers must book and pay for the test before the pass holders arrive at the airport.
  2. After the test, the pass holders must remain isolated in their accommodation until they have obtained a negative test result.
  3. If tested negative, they are not required to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
Pass holders with travel history to Taiwan within the last 21 days before arrival, and entered Singapore from 15 May 2021, 00:01 hours, to 16 May 2021, 23:59 hours, will be subject to Government-funded COVID-19 tests on Day 3 and Day 7 of their arrival. Affected pass holders will be contacted on how they can take their tests. 

2 - For pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in

  • Guangdong province (Mainland China)
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Victoria State (Australia)

For pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, they must comply with the following upon arrival:

  1. To take a COVID-19 test upon arrival ($160 per person including GST). Employers must book and pay for the test before the pass holders arrive at the airport.
  2. Serve a 7-day SHN at:
    1. A suitable place of residence that is occupied only by them or their family, or
    2. A hotel
Pass holders are not allowed to serve SHN in dormitories or premises that are occupied by non-family members. Their SHN accommodation must also fulfil the prevailing SHN advisory and guidelines. Please check MOH’s website for the latest updates.
  1. Take another COVID-19 test before 7 days SHN is over.
    1. An SMS will be send to inform them when to take the test.
    2. Employers must pay for the test (up to $200 including GST). 

3 - For pass holders who spend the last 21 consecutive days in

  • Israel
  • Taiwan

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must comply with the following: 

  1. Take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test* within 72 hours before departure:
    • Pass holders who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Pass holders need to present a valid negative test result, in English and from laboratories that are internationally accredited or recognised by the respective countries’ or regions’ government, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
      • Test result
      • Date of PCR test
      • Pass holder's name and either date of birth or passport number, as stated in their passport. If the particulars on the memo are not in the passport (e.g. memo states identification number, instead of passport number), the pass holder must produce the relevant identification documents for verification.
  2. Take an on-arrival COVID-19 test* in Singapore:
    • For workers in Construction, Marine shipyard or Process (CMP) sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants: They will be scheduled to take the COVID-19 PCR and serology tests at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival. No registration is needed.
    • For all other pass holders: Please register and pay for their test ($160 including GST) before they arrive in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry into Singapore. Your subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected.
  3. Serve a 21-day SHN:
    • For CMP workers on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants: They must serve their 21-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
      After the 21-day SHN, non-Malaysian CMP Work Permit IPA holders must undergo an additional 3-day onboarding programme at MWOC.
    • For all other pass holders: They must serve the first 14 days of their SHN in SDFs, and serve the last 7 days in a place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family) or hotel. 
  4. Take two COVID-19 swab tests* before their 21-day SHN is over:    
    • Pass holders will be notified of their test appointment details.
    • You must pay for the following:
      • SDF stay (14-day stay: $2,000 including GST; 21-day stay: $3,000 including GST)
      • Swab tests (up to $200 including GST per test)
Children 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.
  • Pass holders with travel history to Vietnam who:
    • Did not complete their 14-day SHN at SDFs by 15 May 2021, 23:59 hours, must serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN in SDFs. Employers of such pass holders will be contacted on the additional charges for the SDF stay.
    • Are currently serving SHN at a place of residence or hotel, must complete the remainder of their 21-day SHN at their current SHN accommodation.  
    After the 21-day SHN, non-Malaysian CMP Work Permit IPA holders must undergo an additional 3-day onboarding programme at MWOC.

4 -For pass holders who spend the last 21 consecutive days in

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Pass holders are not allow to enter Singapore until further notice. This also applies to pass holders who had obtained an entry approval.

In-principle approval (IPA) holders will have their IPA validities extended. MOM will share more details on this later on. In the meantime, for IPAs that are expiring soon, employers can request for an extension.

5 - For Other countries:

  1. Take COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test.
  3. Serve 21-day SHN in SDFs:
  4. Take two COVID-19 swab tests before 21-day SHN is over.
Pass holders who did not complete their SHN by 7 May 2021, 23:59 hours: Also subject to the 21-day SHN. They must serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN at their current SHN accommodation.

6 - ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

EMPLOYERS

Please take note of your additional responsibilities as an employer.

Before your foreign employees leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  • Ensure they fully understand and are able to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required. 

After your foreign employees enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival, if applicable.
  • Ensure they take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Pay for their entry approval related charges. 
  • Arrange for them to travel using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. This includes ensuring their prepaid cards have sufficient value. They must also report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for foreign employees who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Ensure they install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at their SHN accommodation.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials throughout their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Reschedule any non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that they don’t need to leave their SHN accommodation. 

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your foreign employees into Singapore.

FOR WORK PASS HOLDERS TOWARDS THEIR DEPENDENTS WHO ARE NOT EMPLOYED

As a work pass holder, you are responsible for your dependants if they are not employed (i.e. not issued a work pass, including Letter of Consent).

Before your dependants leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  • Ensure they fully understand and are able to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required. 

After your dependants enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival, if applicable.
  • Ensure they take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Arrange for them to travel using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones. If not practicable, you can do so on their behalf. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. They must also report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for dependants who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Ensure they install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at their SHN accommodation.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials throughout their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Reschedule any non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that they don’t need to leave their SHN accommodation. 

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your dependants into Singapore.

FOR PERSONALISED EMPLOYMENT PASS (WITHOUT EMPLOYERS), ENTREPASS & WORK HOLIDAY PASS HOLDERS

Depending on your travel history, you may need to serve SHN on arrival in Singapore, where you are not allowed to leave the premises. 

Before you leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Secure a suitable accommodation to serve SHN at, unless you are required to serve SHN at a SHN dedicated facility (SDF).
  • Arrange for food and daily essentials to be delivered to your accommodation throughout your SHN, unless you are required to serve SHN at SDF. 
  • Reschedule any non-essential medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that you don’t need to leave your SHN accommodation. 
  • Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required.

After you enter Singapore, you must:

  • Comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period, if applicable.
  • Take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Pay for your entry approval related charges.
  • Travel using the designated transport, unless you are serving SHN at SDF.
  • Get a Singapore mobile number and update your number for MOM to contact you. For prepaid cards, please also ensure your cards have sufficient value.
  • Download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on your mobile phone. You must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. You must also report your health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at your SHN accommodation.

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not enter Singapore.

7 - What pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) must do during their SHN

Pass holders must:

  • Remain in their SHN premises at all times.
  • Carry their mobile phones with internet connection at all times. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. They must also report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Wear the device and charge it throughout the SHN.
  • Take all the required COVID-19 tests. 
  • Not have any visitors, and minimise contact with others.
  • Maintain a record of persons they come into close contact with.
  • Act responsibly based on advisories issued by the Singapore Government.

8 - Penalties for non-compliance

Employers, work pass holders and their dependants have a collective duty to ensure the entry approval and SHN requirements are complied with.

MOM will not hesitate to take enforcement measures against any parties who do not comply with the requirements or make false declarations. Measures include criminal proceedings, work pass revocations and withdrawal of work pass privileges.


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