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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 15 October 2021

  1. There is an update to the check-in and check-out restrictions for migrant workers living in dormitories, in view of the recent updates in the health protocols. These revised restrictions will take place with immediate effect.
  2. Please refer to the table below for the updated check-in and check-out matrix.

    Condition Checking in/out of migrant workers# Restriction ends when
    Check-in Check-out
    Movement Restriction Order (MRO) Allowed Allowed for workers who are not on MRO MRO is lifted
    Ad-hoc or special swab operations Not allowed for affected block(s) Testing operation completed with results out and cleared
    Enhanced surveillance using Antigen Rapid Test Allowed* Not allowed for affected block(s) Enhanced surveillance has ended
    # Exemption for checking out restrictions will be on a case-by-case basis, for example due to repatriation
    * Newly checked-in or returning migrant workers are to join the Enhanced Surveillance Regime
  3. Once the restrictions are imposed, you are not allowed to change your workers’ accommodation to prevent further spread of COVID-19 infection in the dormitories. Any accommodation, other than their current dormitories, will be considered as an unacceptable accommodation1 for work permit holders.
  4. Please clarify with the dormitory operator on the start and end dates of the restriction on the movement of your workers, in and out of their dormitory.
  5. For further queries, please contact us at
  6. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.


  1. Under 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.