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Entry approval requirements to bring Construction, Marine shipyard or Process sector workers into Singapore

Find out what are the entry approval requirements employers and their CMP workers must comply with to bring them into Singapore. For any questions, you can refer to our FAQs

Updated as of 26 November 2021

The entry approval requirements on this page only apply to workers who meet all of these conditions (“CMP workers”):

  • Employed in construction, marine shipyard or process sector.
  • Hold Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass, or in-principle approval for any of these 3 passes.
  • Not entering Singapore with their dependants.

For all other pass holders, please refer to the SafeTravel website for the requirements they must comply with (e.g. Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and COVID-19 tests).

As a condition for entry into Singapore, CMP workers with an entry approval granted by MOM must comply with the prevailing entry approval requirements (e.g. SHN and COVID-19 tests). Employers must pay for their workers’ entry charges and ensure they comply with the measures.

The entry approval requirements vary based on the workers’ travel history and will be stated on their entry approval emails. As the requirements are subject to change based on the global situation, please refer to the latest requirements below.

Workers with travel history to Category II or III country/region in the last 14 days before arriving in Singapore can choose to take a pre-departure COVID-19 ART or PCR test.

They must take the pre-departure COVID-19 test within 2 days before departing for Singapore.

If the pre-departure test is taken on 1 November 2021, it will be valid for departures (for air/sea checkpoints) or arrivals (for land checkpoint) up to 3 November 2021, 2359 hours.

They must present a valid negative test report before departure and upon arrival in Singapore.

At a glance   

For arrivals from 1 December 2021, 2359 hours

1. 

Category I countries / regions

Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and Taiwan

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test in Singapore.
  3. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their place of isolation.
  4. Remain in isolation until they get a negative test result. If tested negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore, without a need to serve Stay-Home Notice.
  5. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing self-isolation. Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
 2.

Category II countries / regions

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vatican City and Vietnam

  Travel history to India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka Travel history to other Category II countries / regions
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over. 
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN. 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their Stay-Home Notice (SHN) accommodation.
  4. Serve 7-day SHN in one of the following:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment).
    • Place of residence (excluding dormitories).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over. 
  6. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing SHN. Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
  7. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN. 
 3.

Category III countries / regions

Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mauritius, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Uruguay

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).                 
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before the 10-day SHN is over. 
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN. 
 4.

Category IV all other countries / regions

(Except Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe)

Note: Workers with travel/transit history in the past 14 days to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will not be allowed to enter or transit Singapore with effect from 27 November 2021, 2359 hours until further notice. This applies even if the workers had obtained an entry approval earlier on.

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 10-day SHN is over.
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN.
Read the detailed requirements below:

Category I countries / regionsShow

Workers who spent the last 14 days in any of the Category I countries / regions before entering Singapore must comply with the following: 

  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Singapore checkpoint:     
    Employers must register and pay for their worker's test ($160 including GST) before they arrive in Singapore. Otherwise, they may be denied entry. Employer's subsequent entry approval requests may also be rejected. 
     
    Worker’s mode of entry into Singapore Register and pay for on-arrival test using 
    Air
    Changi Airport eService
    Land or Sea Parkway Shenton eService
  3. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their place of isolation.
  4. Self-isolate until they get a negative test result. If tested negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore, without a need to serve Stay-Home Notice.
  5. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing self-isolation.

    Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
     
    Workers’ serology test results What happens next? 
    Positive Workers’ vaccination records will be updated in the National Immunisation Registry.
    Negative Workers must take 2 doses of a PSAR-approved vaccine in Singapore within 2 months of the test result.

Category II countries / regionsShow

Workers who spent the last 14 days in any of the Category II countries / regions before entering Singapore must comply with the following:

Select the country you are departing from to view the entry requirements.

  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take 1 of the following COVID-19 tests within 2 days before departure:
  3. Type of pre-departure test Test must be 
    PCR test
    Done with internationally accredited or recognised providers
    ART Done by a trained professional (e.g. medical professional or Government-recognised trained professional)
    • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement.
    • Workers must present a valid negative test result, that meets all the requirements below, before departure and upon arrival in Singapore:
      • Is in English (or accompanied by an English translation)
      • Test result
      • Date of test
      • Worker'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 worker must produce the relevant identification documents.
  4. Take a serology test ($50 including GST) at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival.
  5. Serve a 7-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).          
  6. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over:
    Employers must pay for the following:
    • 7-day SDF stay
    • PCR test ($125 including GST)
  7. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme and take a serology test to verify vaccination status at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN.:

  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take 1 of the following COVID-19 tests within 2 days before departure:
  3. Type of pre-departure test Test must be 
    PCR test
    Done with internationally accredited or recognised providers
    ART Done by a trained professional (e.g. medical professional or Government-recognised trained professional)
    • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement.
    • Workers must present a valid negative test result, that meets all the requirements below, before departure and upon arrival in Singapore:
      • Is in English (or accompanied by an English translation)
      • Test result
      • Date of test
      • Worker'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 worker must produce the relevant identification documents.
  4. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their Stay-Home Notice (SHN) accommodation.
  5. Serve a 7-day SHN in either:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment). They may refer to this list (non-exhaustive) and contact the hotel directly to make the booking and inform them it is for SHN purpose.
    • Place of residence (excluding dormitories). Workers must isolate themselves in their room and minimise contact with household members, especially vulnerable household members. If this is not possible, please look for another accommodation.
  6. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over: Employers must pay for the PCR test ($125 including GST).
  7. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing SHN.

    Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
     
    Workers’ serology test results What happens next? 
    Positive Workers’ vaccination records will be updated in the National Immunisation Registry.
    Negative Workers must take 2 doses of a PSAR-approved vaccine in Singapore within 2 months of the test result.
  8. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN.

Category III countries / regionsShow

Workers who spent the last 14 days in any of the Category III countries / regions before entering Singapore must comply with the following: 

  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take 1 of the following COVID-19 tests within 2 days before departure:
  3. Type of pre-departure test Test must be 
    PCR test
    Done with internationally accredited or recognised providers
    ART Done by a trained professional (e.g. medical professional or Government-recognised trained professional)
    • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement.
    • Workers must present a valid negative test result, that meets all the requirements below, before departure and upon arrival in Singapore:
      • Is in English (or accompanied by an English translation)
      • Test result
      • Date of test
      • Worker'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 worker must produce the relevant identification documents.
  4. Take a serology test ($50 including GST) at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival.
  5. Serve a 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).          
  6. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 10-day SHN is over:
    Employers must pay for the following:
    • 10-day SDF stay ($1,450 including GST) 
    • PCR test ($125 including GST)
  7. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN.

Category IV all other countries / regionsShow

Workers must comply with the following: 

  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days before departure from internationally accredited or recognised providers:
    • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Workers must present a valid negative test result, that meets all the requirements below, before departure and upon arrival in Singapore:
      • Is in English (or accompanied by an English translation)
      • Test result
      • Date of PCR test
      • Worker'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 worker must produce the relevant identification documents.
  3. Take a serology test ($50 including GST) at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival.
  4. Serve a 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 10-day SHN is over.
    Employers must pay for the following:
    • 10-day SDF stay ($1,450 including GST) 
    • PCR test ($125 including GST)
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN.

For arrivals before 1 December 2021, 2359 hours

1. 

Category I countries / regions

Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and Taiwan

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test in Singapore.
  3. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their place of isolation.
  4. Remain in isolation until they get a negative test result. If tested negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore, without a need to serve Stay-Home Notice.
  5. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing self-isolation. Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
 2.

Category II countries / regions

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vatican City and Vietnam

  Travel history to India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka Travel history to other Category II countries / regions
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over. 
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN. 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Proceed from the checkpoint immediately to their Stay-Home Notice (SHN) accommodation.
  4. Serve 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in one of the following:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment).
    • Place of residence (excluding dormitories).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 7-day SHN is over. 
  6. [Only for workers vaccinated overseas] Take a serology test at a Public Health Preparedness Clinic to confirm their vaccination status within 14 days of completing SHN. Please call the clinic to check if they offer serology tests.
  7. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 7-day SHN. 
 3.

Category III countries / regions

Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Thailand and Ukraine

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR or ART within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).                 
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before the 10-day SHN is over. 
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN. 
 4.

Category IV all other countries / regions

Note: Workers with travel/transit history in the past 14 days to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will not be allowed to enter or transit Singapore with effect from 27 November 2021, 2359 hours until further notice. This applies even if the workers had obtained an entry approval earlier on.

 
  1. Must be fully vaccinated before arrival.
  2. Take COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days before departure.
  3. Take a serology test when they arrive in Singapore.
  4. Serve 10-day SHN in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).
  5. Take a COVID-19 PCR test before 10-day SHN is over.
  6. Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval - Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 10-day SHN.
 

For more details, please refer to the entry approval email.

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 manage the risk of importation and transmission to the community. Employers and workers must comply with the prevailing entry approval requirements, including serving SHN at SDFs and paying for it, where applicable. 

Penalties for non-compliance

Employers and workers have a joint duty to fulfil the entry approval requirements listed above. Enforcement measures, including criminal proceedings, revocation of passes and suspension of work pass privileges, will be taken for non-compliance or false declaration.