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Advisory to employers - Update on the check-in and check-out restrictions for dormitories with suspected COVID-19 infection

Issued on 31 August 2021

  1. There is an update to the check-in and check-out restrictions for migrant workers living in dormitories in the event of an impending swab operation or when a positive COVID-19 case is detected in your dormitory. These restrictions will take place with immediate effect.
  2. Please refer to the table below for the updated check-in and check-out matrix1.

    Condition Checking in/out of migrant workers Restriction ends when
    Quarantine Order No check-in and check-out for affected block(s)
    • COVID-positive case(s) has been conveyed out of the dormitory
    • Close contact(s) has been conveyed to external quarantine facilities and cleared their entry swab test
    Movement Restriction Order / Quarantine in-situ Movement Restriction Order / Quarantine-in-situ is lifted
    Ad-hoc or special swab operation Testing operation completed with results out and cleared
    Enhanced surveillance using Antigen Rapid Test Check-in: Allowed* Enhanced surveillance has ended
    Check-out: Not allowed for affected block(s)
    * Newly checked-in or returning migrant workers are to join the Enhanced Surveillance Regime
  3. As an added precautionary measure, non-affected blocks may also be restricted to check in or check out residents on a case by case basis. This restriction will be lifted if there is no positive case(s) detected in the dormitory for the last 7 days.
  4. When the restrictions are imposed, you are not allowed to change your workers’ accommodation to prevent further spread of COVID infection in the dormitories. Any accommodation, other than their current dormitories, will be considered as an unacceptable accommodation2 for work permit holders.
  5. Please clarify with the dormitory operator the start and end date of the restrictions on the movement of residents in and out of the dormitory.
  6. For further queries, please contact us at
  7. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.


  1. Exemption from restrictions will be on a case by case basis, for example if worker is due to be repatriated.
  2. This is pursuant to paragraph 4, Fourth Schedule, Part III of the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations 2012:“…The employer shall also ensure the foreign employee has acceptable accommodation. Such accommodation must be consistent with any written law, directive, guideline, circular or other similar instrument issued by any competent authority.”