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Actions for companies to bring pass holders into Singapore

Find out how to bring your pass holders into Singapore during the COVID-19 period.

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 requirements.

Schemes to bring pass holders into Singapore 

Existing work pass holders who meet all of these conditions:

  • Are Malaysians or Malaysia PRs
  • Entering Singapore by land
  • Staying in Singapore for at least 90 consecutive days for work
Employing companies can apply for the PCA scheme.
Pass holders entering Singapore from the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) counterpart countries/regions and staying for up to 14 days Companies or Government agencies can apply for RGL.
Workers in the Construction, Marine shipyard or Process sector who meet all of these conditions:
  • Are on a Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass, or in-principle approval (IPA) for any of these 3 passes
  • Not entering Singapore with dependants
Employing companies can request for MOM’s entry approval
All other work pass holders, including those on IPA or Letter of Consent (LOC), and their dependants*

Employing companies can apply for entry using the SafeTravel portal under the Work Pass Holder General Lane

For more details on the application procedures, refer to Safe Travel Office’s website.


* Foreigners with Long-Term Visit Passes granted by ICA must apply for entry under the Familial Ties Lane, even if their LOCs were granted by MOM.

To request for MOM's entry approval

  • MOM's entry approval is only for workers in the Construction, Marine shipyard or Process sector who meet all of these conditions
  • Are on a Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass, or in-principle approval (IPA) for any of these 3 passes.
  • Not entering Singapore with their dependants.
  • Due to the worsening global situation, entry approvals for foreigners will be reduced with immediate effect. Foreigners with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka will not be granted entry approvals to enter Singapore until further notice.

To proceed, please complete these steps:

  1. Ensure your company and the workers can fulfil the entry approval requirements. These include paying for their COVID-19 tests and stay at the dedicated SHN facilities, if applicable.

  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 workers can travel to Singapore on their planned arrival date before requesting for MOM’s entry approval.

    If the request is approved, you must pay for the entry approval related charges in full, even if the workers do not enter Singapore as planned.

  4. Request for MOM’s entry approval.

  5. Wait for MOM’s approval. If the request is approved, please complete these steps:
    • Confirm the flight / transport immediately and arrange for the workers to enter Singapore.
    • Buy a COVID-19 medical insurance for the workers before they arrive in Singapore. The insurance must have a coverage of at least $10,000 for medical expenses if the workers develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive within 14 days of arrival in Singapore.

      Please check with your insurer whether your workers’ existing medical insurance plans meet the required coverage. If not, you can consider these insurers.

    IPA holders must complete their SHN before you can get their passes issued.

    For IPA holders of If their Short-Term Visit Passes (STVPs) are expiring
    EP, S Pass, DP or LTVP

    Within 1 week. Please request for time to do the issuance while the pass holders serve SHN.

    Example: If the STVP expires on 10 February, please submit this request from 3 February.

    Work Permit
    The validities of their STVPs and IPAs will be automatically extended by 2 weeks. Please note that no letters will be issued for this extension.

    More info: Entry approval requirements to bring pass holders into Singapore