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Advisory to foreign domestic workers (FDWs), employers and employment agencies on COVID-19 precautionary measures

Updated as of 26 April 2021

  • All entry applications to bring an FDW or confinement nanny into Singapore must be made using the SafeTravel portal under the Work Pass Holder General Lane.
  • For more details on the application process and entry approval requirements for FDWs and confinement nannies (e.g. Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or COVID-19 tests), visit the SafeTravel website

Employers and employment agencies should educate FDWs on the COVID-19 situation and the following precautionary measures:

General precautions for employers and FDWs

MOM, Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) and Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) would like to share the following measures that employers and FDWs can adopt to protect themselves and their households.

Employers and FDWs are encouraged to practise good personal hygiene. FDWs can also help ensure that those under their care, including young children, practise good hygiene.

  1. Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before handling food or eating, or after going to the toilet;
  2. Cover one’s mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of soiled tissue in the bin immediately;
  3. Avoid sharing food / drinks, utensils, toothbrushes or towels with others; and
  4. If one is feeling unwell or develops symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, to wear a mask and see a doctor immediately.
  5. Employers may wish to consider having everyone in the household, including the FDW, take their temperature at least twice a day, and check for any respiratory symptoms. If the FDW is unwell, please allow adequate rest after seeing the doctor. If possible, employers should consider arrangements to minimise contact between your unwell FDW and those under her care.

Caring for the vulnerable

For FDWs required to care for young children, elderly or those with illnesses or special needs, we encourage employers and FDWs to discuss additional precautions to be adopted. These include:

FDW rest day arrangements

  • Monitoring the health of those under her care closely and to highlight immediately any symptoms; and
  • Conducting regular temperature screening for those under FDW’s care.
  • In view of the introduction of social distancing measures, we strongly encourage FDWs to spend their rest day at home during this period.
  • We recommend that employers discuss with their FDWs to reach a mutual agreement on rest day arrangements:
    • If FDWs agree to spend their rest day at home, employers should not assign work to their FDW on the rest day.
    • If FDWs agree to forgo their rest days, employers must provide compensation in lieu of the rest day.
    • If FDWs have errands that they need to attend to on their rest day, they should be encouraged to take their rest day on a weekday, when public spaces are less crowded.
    • Employers should also encourage their FDWs to not gather in public areas should they be out.

Home leave

For FDWs who have plans to travel back home, we advise that employers and FDWs discuss and come to a mutual agreement for the FDWs to postpone home leave until the situation stabilises. Employers should inform FDWs that they would be subjected to the new SHN requirement upon return to Singapore if they travel back home.

We encourage employers and FDWs to maintain open communication with each other especially during this period. Visit MOH’s website at www.moh.gov.sg regularly to keep yourself updated on latest developments.

The advisory is available for download in the following languages: