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Additional requirements and responsibilities to bring pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) into Singapore

Find out what are the additional requirements and responsibilities of employers and pass holders to enter Singapore.

Updated as of 23 September 2020

Requirements for pass holders entering Singapore 

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in 

  • Brunei
  • New Zealand

For pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in Brunei or New Zealand before entering Singapore, they must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport ($300 including GST). To reduce the waiting time at the airport, employers are strongly encouraged to register and make payment for the test before the pass holders leave for Singapore.

The pass holders are not required to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN).

Pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in certain countries / regions

  • Australia, excludes the state of Victoria
  • Macao
  • Mainland China
  • Malaysia
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

For pass holders who spent the last 14 consecutive days in any of the above countries / regions before entering Singapore, they must comply with the following upon arrival:

  1. Serve a 7-day SHN at a:
    Suitable place of residence that is occupied only by them or their family members
    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.
  2. Take a swab test before their SHN is over.
    They will get an SMS to inform them when to take the test.
    Children who are 12 years old and below do not need to take the test. 
    Employers must pay for the test (up to $200 including GST). 

All other pass holders

  • This includes pass holders who departed from, visited or transited through Victoria (Australia) within the last 14 days before entering Singapore. 
  • Pass holders who departed from or visited India within the last 14 days before entering Singapore must take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure. They need to present a valid negative test result, in English and from recognised laboratories in India, to enter Singapore. Children who are 12 years old and below do not need to take the COVID-19 PCR test.

The pass holders must comply with the following upon arrival:

  1. Serve a 14-day SHN at a dedicated SHN facility.
    • Once they arrive, they will be informed of the location and sent directly to the facility.
  2. Take a swab test before their SHN is over.
    • They will get an SMS to inform them when to take the test.
    • Pass holders who departed from or visited India within the last 14 days before entering Singapore must take a serology test (i.e. non-fasting blood test) during their SHN. 
    • Children who are 12 years old and below do not need to take the serology and swab tests.
    • Employers must pay for the following:
      • 14-day stay at the dedicated SHN facility ($2,000 including GST)
      • All COVID-19 tests (up to $200 including GST)

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 manage 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 paying for the stay at the dedicated SHN facility and COVID-19 test, 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 place of residence 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.

After your foreign employees enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the mandatory SHN upon arrival.
  • Send them from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to their SHN residence upon arrival, unless they are required to serve SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Pay for their COVID-19 tests and stay at the dedicated SHN facility, 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.
  • Ensure they follow the instructions in the SMS, which they will get within 2 to 3 days of arrival, to download the Homer app.
  • Ensure they have a thermometer to take and report their temperatures 3 times a day using the Homer app.
  • Arrange to provide them with food and other daily essentials during their SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Reschedule non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription).
  • Ensure they go for the COVID-19 test during their assigned slot.
  • Arrange for them to travel using designated taxis or their own vehicles between their SHN residence and the testing facility. They must not take public transport.
  • Ensure they return immediately after their 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 place of residence 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.

After your dependants enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the mandatory SHN upon arrival.
  • Send them from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to their SHN residence upon arrival, unless they are required to serve 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.
  • Ensure they follow the instructions in the SMS, which they will get within 2 to 3 days of arrival, to download the Homer app.
  • Ensure they have a thermometer to take and report their temperatures 3 times a day using the Homer app.
  • Arrange to provide them with food and other daily essentials during their SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Reschedule non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription).
  • Ensure they go for the COVID-19 test during their assigned slot. Children who are 12 years old and below do not need to take the COVID-19 test.
  • Arrange for them to travel using designated taxis or their own vehicles between their SHN residence and the testing facility. They must not take public transport.
  • Ensure they return immediately after their 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 complete a SHN, where you are not allowed to leave the premises.

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 place of residence for you to serve SHN, unless you are required to serve SHN at a dedicated SHN facility.
  • Arrange for food and daily essentials to be delivered to your residence 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).

After you enter Singapore, you must:

  • Comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Arrange for transport from the airport (or any other place of disembarkation) directly to your SHN residence upon arrival, unless you are required to serve 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.
  • Follow the instructions in the SMS, which you will get within 2 to 3 days of arrival, to download the Homer app.
  • Ensure you have a thermometer to take and report your temperature 3 times a day using the Homer app.
  • Go for your COVID-19 test during your assigned slot.
  • Use your own vehicle or a designated taxi to travel between your SHN residence and the testing facility. Do not take public transport.
  • Return immediately after your 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:

  • Not leave the SHN premises. 
  • 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.
  • Report their locations and temperatures 3 times a day to MOM using the Homer 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 a COVID-19 test before their SHN is over, except for those who are 12 years old and below.

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. Measures include criminal proceedings, work pass revocations and withdrawal of work pass privileges.

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