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Entry approval requirements to bring pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) into Singapore

Find out what are the entry approval requirements for employers and pass holders to enter Singapore. For any questions, you can refer to our FAQs

Updated as of 23 July 2021

At a glance

Countries/Regions pass holders spent the last 21 consecutive days in before entering Singapore

 
What pass holders must do

Group 1 countries / regions

  • Brunei
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand
 

 

  1. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test in Singapore.
  2. Remain isolated in one of the following until they get negative test result:
    • Hotel room
    • Room with an attached toilet in their house   

If tested negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore, without a need to serve Stay-Home Notice. 

Group 2 countries / regions

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong 
  • Macao
  1. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test in Singapore.
  2. Serve 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in one of the following:
    • Hotel
    • Place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family
  3. Take a COVID-19 swab test before 7-day SHN is over.

Group 3 countries / regions

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Myanmar 
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Defer entry. Not allowed to enter Singapore until further notice. This applies even if pass holders had obtained an approval to enter Singapore earlier on. 

In-principle approval (IPA) holders will have their IPA validities extended. MOM will share more details on this later on. In the meantime, for IPAs that are expiring soon, employers can request for an extension.

Group 4 countries / regions

  • Israel 
  • Taiwan 
  1. Take COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure.
  2. Take COVID-19 test when they arrive in Singapore.
  3. Serve 14-day SHN in one of the following:
    • SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs)
    • Place of residence on approval (Not applicable to workers in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass entering without dependants (“CMP workers”) and pass holders staying in dormitories)
  4. Additional procedure only for pass holders serving SHN in SDFs:
    Take Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs) during their SHN using self-test kits issued by SDFs. 
  5. Take COVID-19 swab test before 14-day SHN is over. 
  6. Additional procedure only for CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories:
    After the 14-day SHN, they must still undergo an additional 7-day stay and testing regime

All other countries / regions

 
  1. Take COVID-19 PCR test within:
    • 48 hours before departure for pass holders with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days before arrival
    • 72 hours before departure for all other pass holders
  2. Take COVID-19 test when they arrive in Singapore.
  3. Serve 14-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  4. Take Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs) during their SHN using self-test kits issued by SDFs. 
  5. Take COVID-19 swab test before 14-day SHN is over. 
  6. Additional procedure only for CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories:
    After the 14-day SHN, they must still undergo an additional 7-day stay and testing regime

Note: Children 2 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Read the detailed requirements below:

Group 1 countries / regionsShow

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in these countries/regions:  

  • Brunei
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must comply with these requirements:

  1. Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test in Singapore:     
    • Please register and pay for the pass holder's test ($160 including GST) before they arrive in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry into Singapore. Your subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected. 
    • Children 2 years old and below this year are exempted from the on-arrival test.
       
  2. Self-isolate until they get negative test result:
    After the test, pass holders must proceed immediately to and remain isolated in one of the following accommodation until they have obtained a negative test result:
    • Hotel room
    • Room with an attached toilet in their house   

    If tested negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore, without a need to serve Stay-Home Notice.   

Group 2 countries / regionsShow

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in these countries/regions:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must comply with the following: 

  1. Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test* in Singapore:      
    Please register and pay for the pass holder's test ($160 including GST) before they arrive in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry into Singapore. Your subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected. 

  2. Serve a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN):
    • Pass holders must serve SHN in a place of residence (only occupied by them or their family), or a hotel. 
    • They are not allowed to serve SHN in dormitories or residences that are occupied by non-family members.
     
  3. Take a COVID-19 swab test* before 7-day SHN is over:               
    • The pass holder will be notified of the test appointment details by SMS.
    • You must pay for the swab test ($125 including GST).

Note: *Children 2 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests. 

Group 4 countries / regionsShow

  

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in these countries/regions:

  • Israel
  • Taiwan

Pass holders who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the above places before entering Singapore, and did not transit through other countries / regions, must comply with the following: 

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test* within 72 hours before departure:
    • Pass holders who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Pass holders must present a valid negative test result, in English and from internationally accredited or recognised providers, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
      • Test result
      • Date of PCR test
      • Pass holder's name
      • Date of birth or passport number, as stated in their passport. If the particulars on the memo are not in the passport (e.g. memo states identification number, instead of passport number), the pass holder must produce the relevant identification documents for verification.

  2. Take COVID-19 test* when they arrive in Singapore:

    Type of pass holders Tests they need to take 
    Workers in Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants ("CMP workers")

     

    COVID-19 PCR and serology tests at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival. No registration is needed.

     
    All other pass holders 

    On-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at the checkpoint.

    Please register and pay for the pass holder's test ($160 including GST) before they arrive in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry into Singapore. Your subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected.

     
  3. Serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN):
    • CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories: Must serve their 14-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
    • For all other pass holders: If they meet the conditions below, you can request for them to serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence, instead of SDFs, during the entry application. 

  4. Additional procedure only for pass holders serving SHN in SDFs:
    Take Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs)* during their SHN using self-test kits issued by SDFs. 

  5. Take a COVID-19 swab test* before 14-day SHN is over:     
    • Pass holders will be notified of their swab test appointment details.
    • You must pay for the following:
      • 14-day SDF stay ($2,000 including GST) 
      • Swab test ($125 including GST)

  6. Additional procedure only for CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories:
    After the 14-day SHN, they must still undergo an additional 7-day stay and testing regime.

Note: *Children 2 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Conditions for pass holders to serve 14-day SHN at a place of residence

During the entry application, you can request for pass holders to serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence, instead of SDFs, if they fulfil all of these conditions:

  • Place of residence is only occupied by the pass holder alone or household members, including any helpers, with the same travel history, arrival date and SHN duration as the pass holder.
  • Is not a CMP worker.
  • Does not stay in a dormitory. 

Note: 

  • Pass holders are not allowed to serve the 14-day SHN in hotels.
  • CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories are not allowed to serve SHN in a place of residence. They must serve their SHN in SDFs. 

All other countries / regionsShow

  

Pass holders must comply with the following:

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test* before departure:

    Pass holders with recent travel history to

    (i.e. departing from, transiting through or visiting these countries/regions within the last 21 days before arrival)

    When they must take COVID-19 PCR test
    Indonesia
    Within 48 hours before departure 

    All other countries/regions

    Within 72 hours before departure
    • Pass holders who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Pass holders must present a valid negative test result, in English and from internationally accredited or recognised providers, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
      • Test result
      • Date of PCR test
      • Pass holder's name
      • Date of birth or passport number, as stated in their passport. If the particulars on the memo are not in the passport (e.g. memo states identification number, instead of passport number), the pass holder must produce the relevant identification documents for verification.
  2. Take COVID-19 test* when they arrive in Singapore:

    Type of pass holders  Tests they need to take  
    Workers in Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants ("CMP workers")
    • (Additional test only for workers with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days before arrival) Antigen Rapid Test (ART) ($67 including GST) at the checkpoint
    • COVID-19 PCR and serology tests at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival. No registration is needed.
    All other pass holders 

    On-arrival test at the checkpoint:

    • PCR test ($160 including GST)
    • (Additional test only for pass holders with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days before arrival) ART ($67 including GST)

    Please register and pay for the on-arrival test before the pass holder arrives in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry into Singapore. Your subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected.

  3. Serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs). 

  4. Take Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs)* during their SHN using self-test kits issued by SDFs. 

  5. Take COVID-19 swab test* before 14-day SHN is over:
    • Pass holders will be notified of their swab test appointment details.
    • You must pay for the following:
      • 14-day SDF stay ($2,000 including GST)
      • Swab test ($125 including GST)

  6. Additional procedure only for CMP workers and pass holders staying in dormitories:
    After the 14-day SHN, they must still undergo an additional 7-day stay and testing regime.

Note: *Children 2 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

  

Registration and payment instructions for on-arrival COVID-19 tests

Pass holder’s mode of entry into Singapore Cost of on-arrival test (including GST) Use the relevant eService to register and pay for the test before the pass holder arrives in Singapore
Air
  • PCR test- $160
  • (Additional test only for pass holders with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days before arrival) Antigen Rapid Test (ART)- $67 
Changi Airport eService
Land or Sea
  • PCR test- $160
  • (Additional test only for pass holders with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days before arrival) ART- $67 
Parkway Shenton eService  

Note: The instructions in the table above are not applicable to CMP workers who meet these 2 conditions:

  • Are on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering Singapore with dependants. 
  • Have travel history within the last 21 days before entering Singapore to a higher-risk country/region (i.e. all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand).

For such workers, they will be scheduled to take the COVID-19 PCR and serology tests at the SDFs within the first few days of arrival. No registration is needed. 

For more details on the SHN requirements, please refer to MOH’s FAQs or contact the SafeTravel Helpline at 6812 5555.

As the global situation evolves, Singapore will continue to adjust its border measures to limit the risk of importation and transmission to the community. Employers and pass holders planning to enter Singapore must comply with the prevailing entry approval requirements, including serving SHN at SDFs and paying for it, where applicable.

For the latest updates, please visit our website and MOH’s website regularly.

Additional responsibilities

For employersShow

 

Please take note of your additional responsibilities as an employer.

Before your foreign employees leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  • Ensure they fully understand and are able to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests, if required. 

After your foreign employees enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival, if applicable.
  • Ensure they take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Pay for their entry approval related charges. 
  • Arrange for them to travel using the designated transport stated on the entry approval letters or emails.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones.
  • Ensure they respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour, and report their health status using the FWMOMCare app. This includes ensuring their prepaid cards have sufficient value. 
  • (Only for foreign employees who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Ensure they install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at their SHN accommodation.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials throughout their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Reschedule any non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that they don’t need to leave their SHN accommodation. 

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your foreign employees into Singapore.

For work pass holders towards their dependants who are not employedShow

As a work pass holder, you are responsible for your dependants if they are not employed (i.e. not issued a work pass, including Letter of Consent).

Before your dependants leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure a suitable accommodation has been secured for them to serve SHN, unless they are required to serve SHN at SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  • Ensure they fully understand and are able to comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period.
  • Ensure they take the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests, if required. 

After your dependants enter Singapore, you must:

  • Ensure they comply with the SHN upon arrival, if applicable.
  • Ensure they take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Arrange for them to travel using the designated transport stated on the entry approval letters or emails.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones. If not practicable, you can do so on their behalf.
  • Ensure they respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour, and report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for dependants who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Ensure they install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at their SHN accommodation.
  • Provide them with food and other daily essentials throughout their SHN, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Reschedule any non-emergency medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that they don’t need to leave their SHN accommodation. 

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not bring your dependants into Singapore.

For Personalised Employment Pass (without employers), EntrePass and Work Holiday Pass holdersShow

Depending on your travel history, you may need to serve SHN on arrival in Singapore, where you are not allowed to leave the premises. 

Before you leave for Singapore, you must:

  • Secure a suitable accommodation to serve SHN at, unless you are required to serve SHN at a SHN dedicated facility (SDF).
  • Arrange for food and daily essentials to be delivered to your accommodation throughout your SHN, unless you are required to serve SHN at SDF. 
  • Reschedule any non-essential medical needs (e.g. follow-up visits for chronic conditions or refilling of prescription) so that you don’t need to leave your SHN accommodation. 
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test, if required.

After you enter Singapore, you must:

  • Comply with the additional conditions imposed for the SHN period, if applicable.
  • Take all the required COVID-19 tests.
  • Pay for your entry approval related charges.
  • Travel using the designated transport stated on the entry approval letter or email.
  • Get a Singapore mobile number and update your number for MOM to contact you. For prepaid cards, please also ensure your cards have sufficient value.
  • Download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on your mobile phone. You must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. You must also report your health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Install the mobile application and register the device within 1 hour of arriving at your SHN accommodation.

If you are unable to fulfil the responsibilities above, you should not enter Singapore.

What pass holders (work pass holders and their dependants) must do during their SHN

Pass holders must:

  • Remain in their SHN premises at all times.
  • Carry their mobile phones with internet connection at all times. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. They must also report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (Only for pass holders who are issued an electronic monitoring device by the checkpoint) Wear the device and charge it throughout the SHN.
  • Take all the required COVID-19 tests. 
  • Not have any visitors, and minimise contact with others.
  • Maintain a record of persons they come into close contact with.
  • Act responsibly based on advisories issued by the Singapore Government.

Penalties for non-compliance

Employers and pass holders have a joint duty to fulfil the entry approval requirements listed above. Work pass holders are also responsible for ensuring their dependants comply with the entry approval requirements.

Enforcement measures, including criminal proceedings, revocation of passes and suspension of work pass privileges, will be taken for non-compliance or false declaration.