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Advisory - Employers in Essential Services companies must seek approval before moving foreign employees to alternative residences

Updated as of 17 April 2020

  1. On 17 April 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) issued an advisory to employers whose companies were approved by MTI as an Essential Services company. If they have employees currently residing in a Purpose-Built Dormitories for foreign employees, they are required to reside at the dormitory and are not permitted to move to another residence without prior approval from the Ministry of Manpower.
  2. If employers in essential services companies wish to move their foreign employees to another residence, they may submit an application at https://go.gov.sg/appforapproval.
  3. Applications will only be processed if the company is an MTI-approved Essential Services company. Applications from companies that are not MTI-approved will not be processed. More information about Essential Services can be found at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg.
  4. If the application to move foreign employees to an alternate living arrangement is approved, the foreign employees may have to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice and undergo a swab test at the company’s expense.