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Entry approval requirements to bring pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) into Singapore

Find out what are the entry approval requirements for employers and pass holders to enter Singapore.

Updated as of 22 January 2021

At a glance

Pass holders spent the last 14 consecutive days in Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test Stay-Home Notice (SHN) When they must take a COVID-19 test in Singapore

Group 1 countries / regions

  • Australia, excluding New South Wales
  • Brunei
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam
Not required Not required if tested negative for COVID-19 upon arrival On arrival

Group 2 countries / regions

  • Macao
  • New South Wales (Australia)
Not required 7-day SHN at home

During the SHN

Note: Pass holders entering Singapore from 24 January 2021, 23:59 hours, must also take an on-arrival COVID-19 test.

Group 3 countries / regions

  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
Must be taken within 72 hours before departure

14-day SHN at:

  • Home upon approval
  • Dedicated SHN facilities

During the SHN

Note: Pass holders entering Singapore from 24 January 2021, 23:59 hours, must also take an on-arrival COVID-19 test. 

All other countries / regions Must be taken within 72 hours before departure 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities

During the SHN

Note: Pass holders entering Singapore from 24 January 2021, 23:59 hours, must also take an on-arrival COVID-19 test. 

Children 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Group 1 countries / regionsShow

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in

  • Australia, excluding New South Wales
  • Brunei
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must take an on-arrival COVID-19 test in Singapore ($160 per person including GST).

After the test, the pass holders must proceed directly to and remain isolated in their place of residence or a hotel until they have obtained a negative test result. If tested negative, they don’t need to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN).

Group 2 countries / regionsShow

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in

  • Macao
  • New South Wales (Australia)

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must comply with the following: 

  1. (Only for those entering Singapore from 24 January 2021, 23:59 hours) Take an on-arrival COVID-19 test* in Singapore ($160 per person including GST). 

    Please follow the registration and payment instructions for the on-arrival COVID-19 tests. Otherwise, the pass holders may be denied entry into Singapore. Your company’s subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected.
     
  2. Serve a 7-day SHN at a:
    • Suitable place of residence that is occupied only by them or their family
    • Hotel
    Pass holders are not allowed to serve SHN in dormitories or premises that are occupied by non-family members. Their SHN accommodation must also fulfil the prevailing SHN advisory and guidelines. Check MOH’s website for the latest updates.
  3. Take another COVID-19 test* during their SHN.  
    • Pass holders will get an SMS to inform them when to take the test.
    • Employers must pay for the test (up to $200 per person including GST).

* Children who are 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Group 3 and all other countries / regionsShow

All other pass holders

Pass holders who departed from, transited through or visited any of these places within the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Singapore until further notice:

  • South Africa
  • The United Kingdom

This restriction also applies even if the pass holders had obtained MOM’s entry approval earlier on. Please defer their entry for now.

For all other pass holders, they must comply with the following:

  1. Take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test* within 72 hours before departure. Pass holders who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement.  

    Pass holders need to present a valid negative test result, in English and from laboratories that are internationally accredited or recognised by the respective countries’ or regions’ government, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
    • Test result
    • Date of PCR test
    • Pass holder's name and either date of birth or passport number, as stated in their passport. If the particulars on the memo are not in the passport (e.g. memo states identification number, instead of passport number), the pass holder must produce the relevant identification documents for verification.
  2. (Only for those entering Singapore from 24 January 2021, 23:59 hours) Take an on-arrival COVID-19 test* in Singapore ($160 per person including GST). 


    • Work Permit and S Pass holders in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors are already subject to the on-arrival COVID-19 tests. For such workers, please refer to our email (sent by no-reply@mom.gov.sg) to affected companies on 17 January 2021 for more details.
    • For all other pass holders, please follow the registration and payment instructions for the on-arrival COVID-19 tests. Otherwise, the pass holders may be denied entry into Singapore. Your company’s subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected.
  3. Serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
    • Once they arrive, they will be informed of the location and sent directly to the facilities.
    • For pass holders who meet certain conditions, you can request for them to serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence during the entry approval application, instead of the dedicated SHN facilities.
  4. Take another COVID-19 test* during their SHN. 
    • Pass holders will get an SMS to inform them when to take the test.
    • Employers must pay for the following:
      • Stay at the dedicated SHN facility ($2,000 per person including GST)
      • Test (up to $200 per person including GST)

* Children who are 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Criteria for pass holders to serve 14-day SHN at a place of residence

During the entry approval application, for pass holders who meet all of these conditions, you can request for them to serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence, instead of the dedicated SHN facilities:

  • Occupy the place of residence alone or only with household members, including any foreign domestic workers, with the same travel history, arrival date and SHN duration. Pass holders are not allowed to serve the 14-day SHN in hotels.
  • Spent the last 14 consecutive days in any of these places before entering Singapore, and did not travel to other countries / regions:
    • Fiji
    • Hong Kong
    • Sri Lanka
    • Thailand
 

Registration and payment instructions for on-arrival COVID-19 tests

Pass holders' mode of entry into Singapore Cost of on-arrival test (per person including GST) How to register and pay for the test?
By air
$160
You must use Changi Airport's eService to book and pay for the tests before the pass holders arrive in Singapore.
By land or sea
$160

Upon arrival, pass holders must register and pay for the tests at the checkpoints using any of these modes: 

  • Cash in Singapore dollars
  • NETS
  • MasterCard or VISA

You may need to reimburse your pass holders. Find out who is responsible for the cost of the COVID-19 tests.

Note: The instructions in the table above are not applicable to Work Permit and S Pass holders in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors. For such workers, please refer to our email (sent by no-reply@mom.gov.sg) to affected companies on 17 January 2021 for more details.

For more details on the SHN requirements, please refer to MOH’s FAQs or contact the SHN helpline at 6812 5555.

Use our SHN calculator to check when your SHN ends.

As the global situation evolves, Singapore will continue to adjust its border measures to limit the risk of importation and transmission to the community. Employers and pass holders planning to enter Singapore must comply with the prevailing entry approval requirements, including serving SHN at the dedicated SHN facilities and paying for it, where applicable.

For the latest updates, please visit our website and MOH’s website regularly.

Additional responsibilities

For employersShow

Employers are responsible for all new and existing foreign employees (including those they employ with a Letter of Consent).

Before requesting for MOM’s entry approval, please take note of your additional responsibilities as an employer.

Before your foreign employees leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they have a Singapore mobile number for MOM to contact them.
  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Ensure they fully understand and agree to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required. 

After your foreign employees enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival, unless they are not required to serve SHN.
  • Arrange for them to travel from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to their SHN accommodation upon arrival using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Pay for their COVID-19 tests and stay at the dedicated SHN facilities, if applicable.
  • Ensure they download WhatsApp on their mobile phones and respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour during their SHN. This includes ensuring their prepaid cards have sufficient value and they are able to make video calls using WhatsApp.
  • (Only for foreign employees who are issued an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoint) Ensure they wear the device and charge it throughout their SHN.
  • (Only for foreign employees who are not issued an electronic monitoring device) Ensure they follow the instructions in our SMS to download the FWMOMCare mobile app and have a thermometer to record their temperatures using the app.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials during their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Reschedule non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription).
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 test during their assigned slot.
  • Arrange for them to travel between their SHN accommodation and the testing facility using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. They must return to their SHN accommodation after the test.

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your foreign employees into Singapore.

For work pass holders towards their dependants who are not employedShow

As a work pass holder, you are responsible for your dependants if they are not employed (i.e. not issued a work pass, including Letter of Consent).

If you wish to bring them in, please request for MOM’s entry approval using the respective links below:

For Who must submit the request
Dependants of Employment Pass (EP), S Pass or Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holders (who have an employer) Employer
Dependants of PEP holders (who do not have an employer) or EntrePass holders PEP or EntrePass holder

Please take note of your additional responsibilities.

Before your dependants leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they have a Singapore mobile number for MOM to contact them. If not practicable, you should be contactable through a local mobile number and answer on their behalf.
  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Ensure they fully understand and agree to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required. 

After your dependants enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival unless they are not required to serve SHN.
  • Arrange for them to travel from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to their SHN accommodation upon arrival using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Inform or help them to download WhatsApp on their mobile phones. If not practicable, you can do so on their behalf.
  • (Only for dependants who are issued an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoint) Ensure they wear the device and charge it throughout their SHN.
  • (Only for dependants who are not issued an electronic monitoring device) Ensure they follow the instructions in our SMS to download the FWMOMCare mobile app and have a thermometer to record their temperatures using the app.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials during their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Reschedule non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription).
  • Ensure they take the COVID-19 test during their assigned slot.
  • Arrange for them to travel between their SHN accommodation and the testing facility using the designated transport, unless they are serving SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. They must return to their SHN accommodation immediately after the test.

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your dependants into Singapore.

For Personalised Employment Pass (who do not have an employer), EntrePass and Work Holiday Pass holdersShow

Once you arrive in Singapore, you must serve SHN, where you are not allowed to leave the premises, unless you are not required to serve SHN.

Before requesting for MOM’s entry approval, please take note of your additional responsibilities as a work pass holder:

Before you leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Secure a suitable accommodation to serve SHN at, unless you are required to serve SHN at a dedicated SHN facility.
  • Arrange for food and daily essentials to be delivered to your accommodation throughout your SHN, unless you are required to serve SHN at a dedicated SHN facility.
  • Reschedule non-essential medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription).
  • Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, if required.

After you enter Singapore, you must:

  • Comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period, unless you are not required to serve SHN.
  • Arrange to travel from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to your SHN accommodation upon arrival using the designated transport, unless you are serving SHN at a dedicated SHN facility. Do not visit any other places.
  • Pay for your COVID-19 test and stay at the dedicated SHN facility, if applicable.
  • Get a Singapore mobile number and update your number for MOM to contact you. For prepaid cards, please also ensure your cards have sufficient value.
  • Download WhatsApp on your mobile phone.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoint) Wear the device and charge it throughout your SHN.
  • (Only for pass holders who are not issued an electronic monitoring device) Follow the instructions in our SMS to download the FWMOMCare mobile app and prepare a thermometer to record your temperature using the app.
  • Take the COVID-19 test during your assigned slot.
  • Arrange to travel between your SHN accommodation and the testing facility using the designated transport, unless you are serving SHN at a dedicated SHN facility. You must return to your SHN accommodation immediately after the test.

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not enter Singapore.

What pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) must do during their SHN

Pass holders must:

  • Remain in their SHN premises at all times.
  • Carry their mobile phones with internet connection at all times. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoint) Wear the device and charge it throughout the SHN.
  • (Only for pass holders who are not issued an electronic monitoring device) Record their temperatures 3 times a day using the FWMOMCare mobile app.
  • Not have any visitors, and minimise contact with others.
  • Maintain a record of persons they come into close contact with.
  • Act responsibly based on advisories issued by the Singapore Government.
  • Take the COVID-19 test during their assigned slot.

Penalties for non-compliance

Employers, work pass holders and their dependants have a collective duty to ensure the entry approval and SHN requirements are complied with.

MOM will not hesitate to take enforcement measures against any parties who do not comply with the requirements or make false declarations. Measures include criminal proceedings, work pass revocations and withdrawal of work pass privileges.