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Advisories on COVID-19

As we resume activities in phases post-Circuit Breaker, find out what are the current work pass requirements.

Relocating foreign workers to another residence

Employers no longer need to seek MOM’s approval in order to relocate their foreign workers. Find out about the procedures that employers and dormitory operators must abide by for the checking in and out of foreign workers from cleared dormitories.

Ensure your workers go through rostered routine testing

Employers must ensure that your workers go through rostered routine testing (RRT). This applies to:

  • Workers who stay in dormitories
  • Workers in the CMP sectors

Find out how to schedule your workers for RRT.

More info:

Frequently asked questions

Read the FAQs on COVID-19 matters, such as AccessCode, Safe Management Measures, TraceTogether, SGWorkPass, entry approvals, levy rebates and levy waivers, etc.

Other sector specific advisories, press releases and FAQsShow

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:

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

These advisories apply to workplaces in general. You should also refer to specific industry-related advisories from other government agencies, where applicable.

Read the latest advisories:

More advisoriesShow

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.

These requirements are meant for general workplace settings. Specific workplaces or industries may have to fulfil different requirements and should refer to the various sector-specific requirements for more information.

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 SHN period

Use the SHN calculator to calculate the 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 SHN calculator to calculate the 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

SHN support for FDW employers

MOM will provide support to help FDW employers who are affected by the SHN requirements for FDWs.

Actions for employers to bring pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) from overseas into Singapore

As we resume activities in phases post-Circuit Breaker, find out what are the current work pass requirements.

All pass holders (work pass holders and dependants) must obtain entry approvals from the relevant government agencies to enter Singapore.

However, those conveying essential services or supplies (e.g. lorry drivers or vegetable supply truckers) coming from Malaysia by land or sea crossing are exempted from the entry approval and SHN requirements.

For:

  • Existing work pass holders who are Malaysians or Malaysia permanent residents and entering Singapore by land, you can bring them in under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) scheme.
  • All other pass holders, including those on in-principle approval (IPA), Dependant’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass and Letter of Consent (LOC), must continue to obtain MOM’s entry approval to enter Singapore, except for those who have an approval under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL).

To request for MOM’s entry approval, you must:

  1. Ensure you and your pass holders can fulfil the additional requirements and responsibilities to bring the pass holders into Singapore. This includes paying for their COVID-19 tests and stay at the dedicated SHN facilities, if applicable.

    If your work pass holders have dependants who are not employed (i.e. not issued a work pass, including LOC), they must fulfil their responsibilities towards their dependants.
  2. Use our entry approval calculator to plan when to request for MOM’s entry approval.

    If you submit the entry approval request Get outcome
    From Monday to Friday, by 12pm Same day
    From Monday to Friday, after 12pm Next working day
    On weekends or public holidays Next working day
  3. Ensure there are available flights / transport and the pass holders can travel to Singapore on their planned arrival date before requesting for MOM’s entry approval.

    If the request is approved, please note that you must pay for the pass holders’ COVID-19 tests and stay at the dedicated SHN facilities, if applicable, even if they do not enter Singapore as planned.
  4. Request for MOM’s entry approval.

    For new or existing Who should submit the entry approval request
    Work pass holders, including those with LOC* Employer
    Dependant’s Pass or LTVP* holders who are not employed
    Sponsor (i.e. Employer of EP / S Pass holder)
    * Foreigners with LTVPs issued by ICA need to request for ICA’s entry approval, even if they have LOCs issued by MOM.

  5. Wait for MOM’s approval. Once you have obtained our approval, please confirm the flight / transport immediately and arrange for the pass holders to enter Singapore.

More info:

Work pass holders on SHN will 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 SHN, and will be contacted by MOM via SMS, video calls or inspections to ensure they are complying with the SHN requirements.

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

Verify that SHN call is not a scam

MOM’s SHN compliance call centre conducts voice and video calls with foreign workers to ensure that they’re at home and comply with SHN requirements.

MOM will not ask for your financial information over the phone.

You can verify online whether the SHN call is not a scam before you provide any personal information.

Give feedback on SHN

You can give us your feedback on SHN, including update of particulars:

For foreign workers on SHN, submit your feedback at www.mom.gov.sg/feedbackshn.

Use the SHN calculator to calculate the SHN period.

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.

Second job arrangements

Read the guide on second job arrangements for employees.

Sending your foreign workers home

Employers must follow certain steps to send your foreign workers home safely.

Temporary Housing Support (THS) for employers affected by Malaysia's Movement Control Order

The application for Temporary Housing Support is now closed. Employers will be informed of the application outcome by email.

Latest updates

Date Title
23 Nov IssuedAdvisory on continued medical support for migrant workers
20 Nov Press releaseFour more work passes revoked for breaching Stay-Home Notice requirements
18 Nov Press releaseInternational Advisory Panel recommends WSH in a post-COVID world
17 Nov

IssuedTripartite advisory on mental well-being at workplaces

Press releaseLaunch of tripartite advisory on mental well-being at workplaces

14 Nov Press releaseACE Group teams up with over 1,000 volunteers to celebrate Deepavali with migrant workers

Past updatesShow

Date Title
9 Nov

Press releaseOne-time vaccination exercise for employers to protect their migrant workers from flu

IssuedAdvisory for employers on a one-time flu vaccination exercise for migrant workers

6 Nov

Press releases

30 Oct IssuedAdvisory on extension of night clinics for migrant workers
28 Oct Press releaseEligible migrant workers will be able to visit Recreation Centres on rest days from 31 Oct 2020
25 Oct Press releasePilot of Antigen Rapid Tests for quicker detection of COVID-19 infection among migrant workers
21 Oct Press releaseNew infection prevention and control programme to strengthen safe living measures in dormitories
16 Oct

Press releases

9 Oct Press releaseNight clinics at regional medical centres for migrant workers
8 Oct Press releaseMaking rostered routine testing more convenient for employers and migrant workers
6 Oct IssuedAdvisory for employers whose workers are on Special Passes
1 Oct Press release342 residents in Space@Tuas dormitory block to serve quarantine in Government quarantine facility after new COVID-19 case detected
29 Sep IssuedAdvisory on introduction of pilot night clinics for migrant workers
25 Sep Press releaseA more targeted approach for dormitory quarantine
23 Sep

Press release

Updated

18 Sep Press releaseRRT compliance crucial for early detection to safeguard health of migrant workers
16 Sep

Updated

14 Sep Press releaseDormitory operators and employers to work out contractual arrangements on dormitory rentals fairly and reasonably
13 Sep UpdatedUpdated advisory on salary and leave arrangements
7 Sep Press releaseVast majority of workers have been scheduled for RRT
5 Sep IssuedAdvisory to employers with Malaysian employees entering Singapore under Periodic Commuting Arrangement
4 Sep Press release16,000 workers have yet to be scheduled for routine testing
2 Sep

Updated

1 Sep Press releaseFinal reminder to employers to ensure workers undergo routine testing by 5 September
30 Aug

IssuedAdvisory to employers on providing upkeep and maintenance of foreign workers living in dormitories

26 Aug

UpdatedSending your workers home

IssuedAddendum - Advisory for employers and dormitory operators to submit essential errands form for migrant workers to carry out essential errands

23 Aug Press releaseJoint MOM-MOH-BCA statement on COVID-19 cluster at Sungei Tengah Lodge dormitory
22 Aug

Press releases

21 Aug

Issued

19 Aug Press releaseAll remaining standalone quarantine facilities in dormitories cleared of COVID-19
18 Aug Press releaseEmployers to ensure workers go through rostered routine testing
15 Aug

IssuedAdvisory on movement of migrant workers between cleared dormitories

PublishedRelocating foreign workers to another residence

13 Aug

Issued

12 Aug Press releaseMeasures for dormitory residents to enjoy safe rest days
11 Aug

Press releases

Updated

  • All dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
4 Aug Press release127 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
3 Aug Press releaseAll incoming travellers, including returning residents, Long-Term Pass Holders, work pass holders and their dependants, serving their Stay-Home Notice outside of dedicated facilities to don electronic monitoring device
1 Aug

Press release

Issued

29 Jul Press release95 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
21 Jul Press release69 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
17 Jul UpdatedUpdated advisory on salary and leave arrangements
14 Jul Press release193 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
7 Jul

Press releases

30 Jun

Press release78 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19

UpdatedAdvisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19

27 Jun Press releaseForeign worker levy rebates extended for construction, marine shipyard and process sectors
26 Jun UpdatedAdvisory on Safe Management Measures for workers on employer-provided transportation
25 Jun Press release140 work passes revoked for breach of Circuit Breaker Measures, Stay-Home Notices or Quarantine Orders
24 Jun Press releaseMajority of employers reasonable and fair when implementing cost-saving measures
23 Jun

Press release

Published

22 Jun PublishedSending your foreign workers home
19 Jun Press releaseIndicative forecast for clearance of migrant worker dormitories
18 Jun Press releaseSafe Rest Days for dormitory residents in Phase 2
17 Jun Published – Advisory – FDWs should avoid congregating in big groups on their rest days
16 Jun Press release42 more dormitories declared cleared of COVID-19
13 Jun PublishedAdvisory on rest day and remittance services for FDWs
12 Jun UpdatedAdvisory – Labour supply companies should pass on the benefits from the Jobs Support Scheme to your clients
10 Jun Press releaseWorkers in dormitories returning to work and updates on AccessCode
9 Jun PublishedUpdated advisory on salary and leave arrangements
5 Jun PublishedAdvisory to FDW employers to introduce e-remittance to your FDW
4 Jun PublishedTripartite advisory on ensuring safe operations of lifts and escalators, and sustainability of the industry in view of COVID-19
1 Jun

Press releases

Published

  • Status of cleared dormitories and dormitories due to be cleared
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

Press release

Published

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 Published – Notification 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 Updated – Advisory 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 Published – Advisory to employers on food arrangements for construction foreign employees on Stay-Home Notice from 20 April 2020 to 4 May 2020
19 Apr Published – Advisory – 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 Published – Advisory 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 Updated – Advisory 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 Published – Updated 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
19 Feb 2020 Published – Advisory to employers not to send workers to hospital unless it is a medical emergency
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 Published – Advisory 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