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

  • Helpers and confinement nannies must obtain an entry approval to enter Singapore. All entry applications 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 helpers and confinement nannies (e.g. Stay-Home Notice or COVID-19 tests), visit the SafeTravel website

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

General precautions for employers and MDWs

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 helpers can adopt to protect themselves and their households.

Employers and helpers are encouraged to practise good personal hygiene. Helpers 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 helpers, take their temperature at least twice a day, and check for any respiratory symptoms. If the helper is unwell, please allow adequate rest after seeing the doctor. If possible, employers should consider arrangements to minimise contact between unwell helpers and those under their care.

Caring for the vulnerable

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

Rest day arrangements

  • Monitoring the health of those under your helper's care closely and to highlight immediately any symptoms; and
  • Conducting regular temperature screening for those under her care.
  • In view of the introduction of social distancing measures, we strongly encourage helpers to spend their rest day at home during this period.
  • We recommend that employers discuss with their helpers to reach a mutual agreement on rest day arrangements:
    • If helpers agree to spend their rest day at home, employers should not assign them with work on the rest day.
    • If helpers agree to forgo their rest days, employers must provide compensation in lieu of the rest day.
    • If helpers 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 helpers to not gather in public areas should they be out.

Home leave

For helpers who have plans to travel back home, we advise that employers and helpers discuss and come to a mutual agreement for the helpers to postpone home leave until the situation stabilises. Employers should inform helpers that they may be subject to Stay-Home Notice upon return to Singapore.

We encourage employers and helpers 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: