Get the latest advisories and updates on COVID-19. Read the FAQs and actions to be taken by business employers, employment agencies and employers for FDWs and confinement nannies.
Frequently asked questions
Read the FAQs on general guidelines and precautionary measures, flexible work arrangements, quarantine matters, Leave of Absence (LOA), Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and LOA/SHN Support Programme.
For more information on suspension of activities and essential services, please refer to MTI’s press release, and other sector specific advisories, press releases and FAQs:
Read the latest advisories:
Declaration to convert workplaces to Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ)
Employers must declare to MOM before converting your workplaces to house your foreign workers.
How to count LOA/SHN period
Use the LOA/SHN calculator to calculate the LOA or SHN period.
You will need the date of arrival in Singapore.
Leave of Absence / Stay-Home Notice Support Programme
MOM is providing support to help businesses and self-employed persons affected by Leave of Absence (LOA) or Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements due to COVID-19. Find out if you’re eligible.
Helping businesses on manpower issues
MOM has introduced temporary schemes to help companies manage the manpower disruptions caused by COVID-19.
- Additional temporary relief measures to help companies with immediate effect
- Temporary scheme to help companies in manufacturing and services sectors manage manpower needs
- Temporary scheme to allow companies to transfer foreign workers across sectors to manage manpower needs
Temporary Housing Support (THS) for employers affected by Malaysia’s Movement Control Order
MOM will provide Temporary Housing Support to help employers who are affected by Malaysia’s implementation of a Movement Control Order.
SHN support for FDW employers
MOM will provide support to help FDW employers who are affected by the SHN requirements for FDWs.
Actions to be taken by employers to bring pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) from overseas into Singapore
While the additional safe distancing measures are in place, there are changes to our services from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020.
With immediate effect, employers of pass holders coming from Malaysia (all modes of travel) must also obtain MOM’s entry approval before the pass holders can enter Singapore. Upon entry, these pass holders must serve the 14-day SHN.
However, those who provide essential services or supplies (e.g. lorry drivers, vegetable or frozen supply truckers) coming from Malaysia by land or sea crossing are exempted from the entry approval and SHN requirements.
To reduce the risk of importing the COVID-19 virus, we are restricting the entry of pass holders into Singapore.
All employers are strongly urged to defer bringing pass holders into Singapore. To facilitate this, we will automatically extend the validities of all in-principle approvals (IPAs) that are expiring soon by 2 months.
We ask for your understanding and cooperation in doing your part to safeguard the interest of Singapore’s public health and the health of your other employees.
If you are unable to defer the pass holders’ entry, you may proceed with the following. However, please note that chances of getting an entry approval are very slim:
- Ensure you can fulfil the additional responsibilities to bring your work pass holders in. If they have dependants who are not issued any work passes, including Letter of Consent (LOC), they must also fulfil their responsibilities towards their dependants.
- Request for MOM’s entry approval before the pass holders can enter Singapore.
* From 29 March 2020, 2359 hours, those with LTVPs issued by ICA need to request for ICA’s entry approval, even if they have LOCs issued by MOM.
|For new or existing
||Who needs to request for MOM’s entry approval
||Who is responsible to ensure SHN is observed
|Work pass holders, including those with LOC*
||Employer and work pass holder
|DP or LTVP* holders who are not employed
i.e. not issued a work pass, including LOC
i.e. employer of EP / S Pass holder
|EP / S Pass holder and DP / LTVP holder
Applications open daily from 12:01pm and close at 12pm the next day.
Requests received during this period are for arrivals within 10 days after the application closes (e.g. for arrivals in Singapore from 17 Mar 2020 to 26 Mar 2020, you can submit the request from 15 Mar 2020, 12:01pm to 16 Mar 2020, 12pm).
Use our entry approval calculator to plan when to submit your request.
- By 12pm: Will receive the outcome on the same day.
- After 12pm: Will receive the outcome the next day.
- Wait for MOM’s approval before arranging for the pass holders to enter Singapore.
Note: For pass holders with Hubei-issued passports or recent travel history to Hubei, please defer their entry to Singapore as far as possible.
Alternative accommodation options for work pass holders required to serve SHN
Employers can approach these hostels, hotels and dormitories directly.
Workers on SHN may receive SMS or calls from MOM
All work pass holders with recent travel history to, or transited in affected areas will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), and will be contacted by MOM via SMS, video calls or inspections to ensure they are complying with the SHN requirements.
If you receive an SMS or call from MOM, please be reminded to click on the unique link in the SMS to report your location or pick up the call.
Give feedback on SHN
You can give us your feedback on SHN, including update of particulars:
- For foreign workers on SHN
(returning after 18 February 2020, 2359 hrs)
Submit your feedback at mom.gov.sg/feedbackshn
Report breach of SHN
If you are aware of work pass holders or employers who are breaching the SHN requirement, please email MOM at email@example.com.
Second job arrangements
Read the guide on second job arrangements for employees.
These templates are for employers’ internal use to obtain health and travel declaration from employees. They are for reference only, and will not be used for submission to MOM.