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Advisory on rest day and remittance services for FDWs

Issued on 13 June 2020

  1. Under Phase One of post-Circuit Breaker, FDWs must continue to stay at home during their rest days. They may go out to run errands and buy meals, and should return home immediately thereafter. They are required to wear a mask, maintain a safe distance of at least one metre away from others, and are not allowed to meet up with friends or gather in public areas to minimise contact between different households. This is in line with the rest of the community. This was communicated to employers and FDWs in the advisory issued on 21 May.
  2. Last weekend, the Ministry of Manpower observed some FDWs gathering at hotspots such as City Plaza, Lucky Plaza and Peninsular Plaza. Some of them were queuing up to remit money, and some were seen to have gathered in groups with their friends. The FDWs were asked not to loiter or gather in groups, and to return home immediately after they were done with their errands. The Government authorities and safe distancing ambassadors will continue to be on the ground this weekend, and will take firmer actions, including issuing warnings and revoking the work permit of FDWs who disregard MOM’s advisory to return home immediately after running their errands.

    Remittance agents at hotspots to serve customers by appointment only
  3. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has worked with the licensed remittance agents that operate in City Plaza, Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza to serve customers by appointment on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Customers, including FDWs, who wish to remit money should obtain an appointment before leaving the residence to travel to these hotspots. Employers are advised to inform their FDW on the need to make an appointment if they wish to remit money at these locations.
  4. FDWs who are unable to get an appointment to remit money in person at these locations are encouraged to use e-remittance options or visit a remittance agent at another location. More details on e-remittance options are detailed in this advisory issued on 5 June 2020.

The advisory is available for download in the following languages: