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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 17 September 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).

Pass holders with travel history to Category III or IV countries (refer to SafeTravel website for the list of countries) in the last 21 days before arriving in Singapore must be fully vaccinated before arrival. For details, you can also refer to the vaccination FAQs.

The vaccination requirement does not apply to CMP workers.


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.

At a glance

Countries/Regions CMP workers spent the last 21 consecutive days in before entering Singapore

 
What they must do

Category I countries / regions

  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Mainland China
  • Taiwan 
  1. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test in Singapore.
  2. Remain isolated in one of the following until they get negative test result:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment)
    • 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. 

Category II countries / regions

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Poland 
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia 
  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test in Singapore.
  3. Serve 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in one of the following:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment) which can be found on this list
    • Place of residence:
      • Which is only occupied by the worker or family
      • Which is not a dormitory
      • Where the pass holder can isolate in a room with an attached toilet 
  4. Take a COVID-19 swab test before 7-day SHN is over.
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

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

All other countries / regions              

  1. Take COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure
  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 SHN using self-test kits. 
  5. Take COVID-19 swab test before 14-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 14-day SHN. 
Read the detailed requirements below:

Category I countries / regionsShow

Workers who spent the last 21 consecutive days in any of the Category I countries / regions 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 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 PCR test using 
    Air
    Changi Airport eService
    Land or Sea Parkway Shenton eService
  2. Self-isolate until they get negative test result:
    After the test, workers must proceed immediately to and remain isolated in one of the following accommodation until they have obtained a negative test result:
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment)
    • 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.   

Category II countries / regionsShow

  • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
  • Workers must present a valid negative test result, in English (or accompanied by an English translation) and from internationally accredited or recognised providers, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
    • 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.[/highlight]

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

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure
  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 PCR test using
    Air
    Changi Airport eService
    Land or Sea Parkway Shenton eService
  3. Serve a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in either:  
    • Place of residence:
      • Which is only occupied by them or their family
      • Which is not a dormitory
      • Where they can isolate in a room with an attached toilet
    • Suitable accommodation (e.g. hotel or serviced apartment) which is found on this list. They should contact the hotel directly to make the booking, and inform them it is for SHN purpose.
  4. Take a COVID-19 swab test before 7-day SHN is over:
    Employers must pay for the swab test ($125 including GST).

All other countries / regionsShow

Workers must comply with the following:

  1. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure:
    • Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Workers must present a valid negative test result, in English (or accompanied by an English translation) and from internationally accredited or recognised providers, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
      • 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.
  2. Take COVID-19 PCR and serology tests ($175 including GST) at the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) dedicated facilities within the first few days of arrival.
  3. Serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs).

  4. Take Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs) during SHN, and COVID-19 swab test before 14-day SHN is over.
    Employers must pay for the following:
    • 14-day SDF stay ($2,000 including GST)
    • ARTs ($40 including GST)
    • Swab test ($125 including GST)

  5. Attend a 4-day onboarding programme at the MWOC after the 14-day SHN. (Applicable only to non-Malaysian Work Permit holders with an in-principle approval) 

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.