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Advisory to employers - Updated on-arrival and onboarding requirements for migrant workers in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors from 31 March 2022, 2359 hours

Issued on 25 March 2022

  1. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 24 March 2022 that the current country/region classifications will be removed and will be replaced by Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF) with effect from 31 March 2022, 2359 hours. Under the VTF, countries will be classified either under the General Travel or Restricted Category. All countries/regions will come under the General Travel Category to begin with, and no countries/regions are in the Restricted Category currently.

    Entry approval for vaccinated Work Permit holders in the Construction, Marine Shipyard and Process (CMP) sectors
  2. From 31 March 2022, 2359 hours, existing Work Permit holders will not be required to obtain entry approval prior to arrival.
  3. Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is reviewing the entry approval and onboarding requirements for non-Malaysian CMP Work Permit holders holding an in-principle approval (IPA). In the meantime, entry approval from MOM is still required for these workers prior to their arrival regardless of their entry lane, and they are required to meet the onboarding requirements upon arrival. For CMP Work Permit holders holding an IPA and entering from source countries where the Pre-Departure Preparatory Programme (PDPP)1 is available, the 2-day PDPP requirements at source will continue to apply.
  4. From 31 March 2022, 2359 hours, fully vaccinated migrant workers arriving from the General Travel countries will no longer be required to serve a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
  5. For non-Malaysian CMP Work Permit holders holding an IPA, they will continue to undergo the onboarding programme at the MOM's Onboard centre for up to 4 days. S Pass and existing Work Permit holders in the CMP sectors will not be required to report to the Onboard centre upon arrival.
  6. Refer to the summary of the revised SHN and onboarding requirements for CMP Work Permit holders from General Travel and Restricted countries.
  7. For further queries, please contact us at .

FOOTNOTE

  1. The PDPP is currently available in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How do I find out if my workers are from countries under the General Travel or Restricted category?

    You may check the prevailing list of countries/regions under the General Travel or Restricted category.

  2. Do vaccinated workers from General Travel countries need to serve SHN at the Onboard Centre?

    Vaccinated workers from General Travel countries will not be required to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN).

  3. What do I do when my workers arrive in Singapore?

    Please arrange transport to pick up your migrant workers upon their arrival, within an hour of them clearing immigration. If you have arranged for lorries or vans to pick up your workers from Changi Airport terminals 1 or 3, you may wish to pick up your workers from the T1 or T3 coach stand.

    • For vaccinated Work Permit holders holding an IPA, you will need to send workers directly to the designated Onboard centre.
    • For vaccinated S Pass holders and existing Work Permit holders, you will need to send to their intended place of residence.

    Your workers are not allowed to take public transport such as public bus or train, upon arrival.

  4. What will my migrant workers do when they go to the Onboard centre?

    Work Permit holders holding an IPA in the CMP sectors will go to the Onboard centre for the residential onboarding programme, including vaccination verification, enhanced medical examination and the Settling-In Programme.

    Vaccinated Work Permit holders holding an IPA from the General Travel countries will also be administered an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) upon check-in to the Onboard centre.

  5. When will I be able to pick up my migrant workers from the Onboard centre?

    For workers who will be reporting to the Onboard centre, they can move into their intended residence after completing their onboarding requirements. The Onboard centre's managing agents will send you an email on the arrangements to pick up your workers.

    Please arrange transport and lodging for your workers after their stay at the Onboard centre. Discharge timings should be strictly adhered to. Late check-outs or overstaying may incur additional charges, to be billed to your company.

  6. Where can I get more details on applying for the Pre-Departure Preparatory Programme?

    For more details on applying PDPP for your workers, refer to the BCA-EDB-MOM circulars in: