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Work Pass Exempt Activities - Before Notification

Foreigners can perform certain activities in Singapore for short durations without a work pass. They can perform these activities for the duration of their short term visit passes subject to a maximum of 60 days. Beyond that, they will need to obtain a Work Pass. The waiver of Work Pass requirements does not exempt foreigners from having to comply with other specific legal requirements in Singapore.

Carrying out Work Pass Exempt Activities without notifying MOM is an offence under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Please check the list of work pass-exempt activities below.

Performances

  • Performing as an actor, a singer, a dancer or a musician, or involvement as a key support staff, in an event supported by the Government or any statutory board.
  • Performing as an actor, a singer, a dancer or a musician, or involved as a key support staff in an event. The performance venue can be any place where the public or any class of the public has access (gratuitously or otherwise). This includes any theatre or concert hall.
Note: Foreign artistes performing at entertainment outlets certified with a Public Entertainment Licence, i.e. bars, discotheques, lounges, night clubs, pubs, hotels, private clubs and restaurants are required to hold Work Permits with six months' validity.

Journalism Activities

  • Journalism activities (including media coverage for events or media tours) supported by the Government, or any statutory board constituted by or under any written law for a public purpose.

Sports

  • Persons involved in a sports competition, event or training (e.g. sportsman, a coach, an umpire, a referee or a key support staff) supported by the Government or any statutory board constituted by or under any written law for a public purpose, other than being engaged as a sportsman of any Singapore sports organisation pursuant to a contract of services.

Location Filming & Fashion Shows

  • Activities relating to any location filming or fashion show (including involvement as an actor, a model, a director, a member of the film crew or technical crew, or a photographer).
Note: Foreign artistes performing at entertainment outlets certified with a Public Entertainment Licence, i.e. bars, discotheques, lounges, night clubs, pubs, hotels, private clubs and restaurants are required to hold Work Permits with six months' validity.

Seminars & Conferences

  • Activities relating directly to the organisation or conduct of any seminar, conference, workshop, gathering or talk, which:
  1. does not relate directly or indirectly to any religious belief or to religion generally;
  2. does not relate directly or indirectly to any race or community generally;
  3. is not cause-related or directed towards a political end, including involvement as a speaker, moderator, facilitator or trainer.

Provision of Specialised Skills

  • Providing expertise or specialised skills:
  1. The commissioning or audits of new plant and equipment (including any audit to ensure regulatory compliance or compliance with one or more standards).
  2. In the installation, dismantling, transfer, repair, or maintenance of any equipment, processes or machine, whether in relation to a scale up of operations or otherwise.
Note: The expertise or specialised skills shall be of a kind that is not available in Singapore or is to be provided by the authorised service personnel of the manufacturer or supplier of the equipment.

Exhibitions

  • Participation in any exhibition or trade fair as an exhibitor or a trader.
Note:
  • This does not include trade fairs which require a Trade Fair Permit issued under Section 35 of the the Environmental Public Health Act, Cap 95, or the activities at any makeshift stalls therein (such as Pasar Malams).
  • The participation cannot involve the setting up of the exhibition venue, such as the erecting or dismantling of the stands or booths.

Arbitration or Mediation Services

  • Providing arbitration or mediation services (e.g. as an arbitrator or a mediator) in relation to any case or matter which:
  1. does not relate directly or indirectly to any religious belief or to religion generally;
  2. does not relate directly or indirectly to any race or community generally;
  3. is not cause-related or directed towards a political end.

Junket Activities

  • Activities relating directly to the organisation, promotion or conduct of a junket in a casino and performed by:
  1. junket representatives employed by a junket promoter whose principal place of business is situated outside Singapore, or whose principal business activity is conducted outside Singapore. Junket representatives are required to hold a valid junket representative licence issued by the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA);
  2. self-employed junket promoters whose principal place of business is situated outside Singapore, or whose principal business activity is conducted outside Singapore. Junket promoters are required to hold a valid junket promoter licence issued by the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA).

Tour Facilitation

  • Activities relating directly to the facilitation of a tour and performed by tour leaders or tour facilitators employed by a foreign company i.e. a company whose principal place of business is situated outside Singapore or whose principal business activity is conducted outside Singapore.

Note: Tour facilitation specifically refers to the provision of logistical support to the visiting tour group (such as handling airport and hotel arrangements, crossings at international borders) in accordance with the tour itinerary.

Any person guiding a group of tourists without a valid tourist guide licence issued by the Singapore Tourism Board is deemed to have contravened the Tourist Guide Regulations and could be subjected to court prosecution. Please visit the Singapore Tourism Board’s Guides Online website for more details.

Last updated on 06 March 2014 04:34:13