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Advisories on COVID-19

Get the latest advisories and updates on COVID-19. Read the new requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace, FAQs and actions to be taken by business employers, employment agencies and employers for FDWs and confinement nannies.

As announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 19 May 2020 to resume activities in phases, there are changes to our work pass services from 2 June 2020

Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace

Read the requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace to find out what you need to do to ensure safety for your employees and visitors when you resume business operations.

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:

Other sector specific advisories, press releases and FAQsShow

Building Construction Authority (BCA)
Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)
Maritime Port Authority
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
Ministry of Health (MOH)
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Defence
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Public Service Division (PSD)

Latest advisories

Read the latest advisories:

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Support programmes and schemes

Find support programmes and schemes for business employers, SEPs and FDW employers. Read about the details such as eligibility, when you can apply, and application process.

Application for Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ)

Employers must apply for TLQ and get our approval 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.

Use the LOA/SHN calculator to calculate the LOA or SHN period.

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

As announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 19 May 2020 to resume activities in phases, there are changes to our work pass services from 2 June 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) expiring during the Circuit Breaker period by 2 months. To print IPAs with the new expiry dates, log in to the relevant eService:

  • WP Online for Work Permit holders employed by businesses
    > Click Check Status – Work Permit Application
    > Retrieve the worker’s record
    > Print letters and forms
  • EP Online for the other passes (e.g. Employment Pass, S Pass and passes for dependants)
    > Click Apply
    > Check Status-Application Outcome
    > Enter the FIN
    > Print Outcome Letter

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Request for MOM’s entry approval before the pass holders can enter Singapore.

    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 Employer and work pass holder
    DP or LTVP* holders who are not employed
    i.e. not issued a work pass, including LOC
    Local sponsor
    i.e. employer of EP / S Pass holder
    EP / S Pass holder and DP / LTVP holder
    * 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.

    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 March 2020 to 26 March 2020, you can submit the request from 15 March 2020, 12:01pm to 16 March 2020, 12pm).

    Use our entry approval calculator to plan when to submit your request.

    Applications submitted:
    • By 12pm: Will receive the outcome on the same day.
    • After 12pm: Will receive the outcome the next day.
  3. Wait for MOM’s approval before arranging for the pass holders to enter Singapore.

More info:

Status of cleared dormitories and dormitories due to be cleared

You can see the list of cleared PBDs, FCDs and CTQs as announced by ITF, as well as dormitories due to be cleared in coming weeks.

Dormitories gazetted as isolation areas

See list of dormitories gazetted as isolation areas due to COVID-19.

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 your SHN started on or after 18 May

You must download the Homer app to report to MOM 3 times per day.
More info

Sample SMS on or after 18 May

If your SHN started before 18 May

If you received an SMS or call from MOM, you need to click on the unique link in the SMS to report your location or pick up the call. More info

Sample SMS before 18 May

Sample report notice

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 www.mom.gov.sg/feedbackshn.

Use the LOA/SHN calculator to calculate the LOA or SHN period.

Report breach of SHN

If you are aware of work pass holders or employers who are breaching the SHN requirement, please email MOM at mom_qops@mom.gov.sg.

Second job arrangements

Read the guide on second job arrangements for employees.

Download templates

Download:

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.

Latest updates

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1 Jun

Press releases

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30 May

Press release

Published

29 May

Updated

28 May

Press releases

27 May Press releaseNew resources to provide better care for migrant workers
26 May

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Past updatesShow

Date Title
24 May Press releaseCelebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri with our migrant workers
21 May UpdatedAdvisory – Foreign domestic workers should stay home on rest day
20 May PublishedAdvisory on retrenchment benefit payable to retrenched employees as a result of business difficulties due to COVID-19
19 May UpdatedRequirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
18 May PublishedAdvisory to employers and SEPs on the Leave of Absence / Stay-Home Notice Support Programme
15 May Press releaseSafe working and safe living
15 May PublishedNotification to employers on requirements for construction foreign employees after the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) period
12 May UpdatedRequirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
10 May Press releaseLeveraging medical technologies to monitor health of foreign workers more effectively
9 May PublishedRequirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
8 May Press releaseUpdate on MOM’s enforcement efforts on Circuit Breaker measures for workplaces and Stay-Home Notice requirements
7 May PublishedAdvisory to employers with foreign workers living in dormitories
6 May

Press releases

6 May PublishedTripartite advisory on ensuring sustainability of the security sector in view of COVID-19
1 May

Press releases

1 May UpdatedAdvisory to employers that certain foreign employees in the construction sector (and their dependants) are put on Stay-Home Notice from 20 April 2020 to 18 May 2020
30 Apr

Published

29 Apr

Press releases

25 Apr UpdatedAdvisory on salary and leave arrangements during Circuit Breaker
24 Apr

Press releases

24 Apr PublishedInter-agency advisory on supporting mental well-being of workers under COVID-19 work arrangements
23 Apr

Press releases

21 Apr Press releaseOver 62,000 employers to benefit from $675 million in foreign worker levy rebates
21 Apr PublishedAdvisory to employers on food arrangements for construction foreign employees on Stay-Home Notice from 20 April 2020 to 4 May 2020
19 Apr PublishedAdvisory – Employers whose foreign employees reside in FCD, CTQ or a TOL quarter cannot be moved to alternative residences
18 Apr Press releasePrecautionary Stay-Home Notices for Work Permit and S Pass holders in construction sector
18 Apr PublishedAdvisory to employers that certain foreign employees in the construction sector (and their dependants) are put on Stay-Home Notice from 20 April 2020 to 4 May 2020
17 Apr Press releaseInter-Agency Taskforce coordinating NGOs’ efforts to support the well-being of foreign workers
17 Apr Published
16 Apr PublishedAdvisory on employer-assisted remittance for foreign workers residing in dormitories
15 Apr Press releaseResident volunteers step up to help with daily tasks at dormitories
14 Apr Press releaseKey actions to manage transmisison of COVID-19 in all dormitories
13 Apr Press releaseMOM intensifies inspections of Factory-Converted Dormitories and workers breaching Circuit Breaker measures
13 Apr PublishedAdvisory for employers of workers staying in Factory Converted Dormitories, Construction Temporary Quarters or Temporary Occupation Licence quarters
12 Apr Press releaseWork pass revoked and fines issued for breaching Circuit Breaker measures
11 Apr Press releaseFood distribution, cleanliness and hygiene standards at Sungei Tengah Lodge and Tampines Dormitory stabilised within 48 hours
11 Apr Published
10 Apr Press releaseEnhanced cleanliness and sanitation measures at dormitories gazetted as isolation areas
10 Apr PublishedAdvisory on safe distancing measures for workers ferried by lorries
9 Apr Press releaseFurther improvements in distribution process and quality of food for dormitories gazetted as isolation areas
8 Apr Press releaseUpdate on conditions at three dormitories gazetted as isolation areas
7 Apr Press releaseInter-Agency Taskforce to support foreign workers and dormitory operators during circuit breaker period
6 Apr Press releases
6 Apr PublishedAdvisory on salary and leave arrangements during Circuit Breaker
5 Apr Press releaseAdditional measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19 within foreign worker dormitories
5 Apr PublishedAdjustments to work pass services arising from the additional safe distancing measures
3 Apr Press releaseAdditional safe distancing measures for the workplace
1 Apr Press releaseExpansion of temporary scheme to help businesses manage manpower needs
1 Apr UpdatedHelping businesses on manpower issues
Temporary scheme to allow companies to transfer foreign workers across sectors to manage manpower needs
30 Mar PublishedGuide on second job arrangements for employees with reduced work hours in response to COVID-19
27 Mar Press releaseAbout 88,000 to automatically benefit from Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme
26 Mar UpdatedAdvisory on safe distancing measures at the workplace
25 Mar Press releases
24 Mar Press releaseFurther measures to help companies cope with COVID-19 situation
23 Mar Press releaseMOM mounts enforcement operation to ensure workplaces comply with safe distancing measures
23 Mar PublishedAdvisory for employers and self-employed persons on application for Leave of Absence (LOA) support for company-LOA or self-imposed LOA for workers returning between 14 and 20 March 2020
21 Mar Press release89 work passes revoked for breach of entry approval and Stay-Home Notice requirements
21 Mar PublishedUpdated advisory to foreign domestic workers and employers – FDWs urged to stay home on rest days
20 Mar Press releaseCompanies encouraged to impose Leave of Absence for employees returning between 14 And 20 March 2020
20 Mar Updated
19 Mar Press releaseTemporary housing support for employers affected by Malaysia's Movement Control Order
18 Mar Press releaseMOM entry approval and Stay-Home Notices now covers all new and existing work pass holders
18 Mar UpdatedAdvisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19
17 Mar Press releaseAccommodating workers affected by lockdown in Malaysia
16 Mar 2020 PublishedAdvisory for employers on employees’ non-essential travel in response to updated travel advisory (COVID-19)
15 Mar 2020

Press releases

15 Mar 2020 Updated
13 Mar 2020 PublishedAdvisory on safe distancing measures at the workplace
13 Mar 2020 Press releaseMOM entry approval and Stay-Home Notices extended to Italy, France, Spain and Germany
11 Mar 2020

Press releaseTripartite partners update advisory on managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchment in view of COVID-19

Related: Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment

4 Mar 2020 UpdatedAdvisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19
3 Mar 2020 Press releaseMOM entry approval and Stay-Home Notices extended to more countries
3 Mar 2020 Updated
29 Feb 2020 UpdatedAdvisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19
28 Feb 2020 UpdatedGeneral advisory for employers if a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19 is detected at the workplace
27 Feb 2020 Updated
25 Feb 2020 Press releases
25 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19
Included Daegu city and Cheongdo county in the Republic of Korea.
25 Feb 2020 PublishedHelping businesses on manpower issues
24 Feb 2020 Press releases
24 Feb 2020 Updated
  • General advisory for workplace measures in response to DORSCON Orange situation in Singapore
  • Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19
  • General advisory for workplaces and frontline workers in response to confirmed cases of local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore
18 Feb 2020 PublishedGeneral advisory for employers if a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19 is detected at the workplace
18 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas
Read the updated actions to be taken by employers of foreign employees and mandatory declarations to MOM.
17 Feb 2020 Press releaseLeave of Absence Support Programme extended to those serving Stay-Home Notice
17 Feb 2020 Press releaseMandatory Stay-Home Notice for work pass holders with travel history to mainland China
17 Feb 2020 UpdatedLeave of Absence Support Programme (LOASP) for businesses and SEPs
LOASP extended to employers and SEPs affected by SHN.
13 Feb 2020 Updated – Frequently asked questions
Read the FAQs on Leave of Absence Support Programme.
13 Feb 2020 Press releaseSupporting healthcare workers whose leave and holiday plans have been cancelled
13 Feb 2020 Press releaseTwo work passes revoked for re-entry into Singapore without prior approval
12 Feb 2020 PublishedLeave of Absence Support Programme (LOASP) for businesses and SEPs
12 Feb 2020 Press releaseLeave of Absence Support Programme (LOASP)
12 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from mainland China
Read the updated actions to be taken by employers of foreign employees and mandatory declarations to MOM.
12 Feb 2020 PublishedAdvisory to permit workers to enter their worksite
11 Feb 2020 PublishedFAQs
10 Feb 2020 Press releaseActions taken by the Ministry of Manpower following confirmed COVID-19 case of Work Permit holder
10 Feb 2020 Press releaseMOM issues updated advisory on enhanced precautionary measures for dormitories
10 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory to foreign domestic workers and employers in view of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 situation
Read the advisory in Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese or Tagalog.
10 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from mainland China
Read the updated actions to be taken by employers of foreign employees and mandatory declarations to MOM.
9 Feb 2020 Published – Advisory to foreign domestic workers and employers in view of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 situation
9 Feb 2020 Press releaseWork passes cancelled and employers’ work pass privileges revoked for breaching Leave of Absence requirements
7 Feb 2020 PublishedGeneral advisory for workplace measures in response to DORSCON Orange situation in Singapore
7 Feb 2020 Press releaseNew requirements for employers who have work pass holders with travel history to mainland China entering or returning to Singapore
7 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from mainland China
Read the updated actions to be taken by employers of foreign employees and mandatory declarations to MOM.
5 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from mainland China
4 Feb 2020 PublishedGeneral advisory for workplaces and frontline workers in response to confirmed cases of local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore
3 Feb 2020 Press releaseJoint statement by Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Manpower on persons placed on Home Quarantined Orders and Leave of Absence
2 Feb 2020 Updated – Advisory for employees and employers travelling to and from mainland China and known affected countries
31 Jan 2020 Press releaseUpdate on additional measures by the Ministry of Manpower to minimise the risk of community spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019
28 Jan 2020 Press releaseAdditional measures by Ministry of Manpower to contain spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019
27 Jan 2020 Updated – Advisory for employees and employers travelling to and from mainland China and known affected countries
24 Jan 2020 Updated – Advisory for employees and employers travelling to and from mainland China and known affected countries
23 Jan 2020 Published – Advisory for employees and employers travelling to and from mainland China and known affected countries