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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 7 May 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

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

Group 2 countries / regions

  • Hong Kong (entering on non-designated flights)
  • Macao
  1. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test.
  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
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
Defer entry. Not allowed to enter Singapore until further notice. This also applies to pass holders who had obtained an entry approval.

Group 4 countries / regions

  • Fiji
  • Vietnam
  1. Take COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test.
  3. Serve 21-day SHN: 
    • First 14 days of SHN to be served in SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs). 
    • Last 7 days of SHN to be served in a place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family) or hotel. 
  4. Take two COVID-19 swab tests before 21-day SHN is over.

Note:

  • Pass holders who have not completed their 14-day SHN by 7 May 2021, 23:59 hours: Also subject to the 21-day SHN. For those who are currently serving SHN in:
    • Place of residence, they can continue to serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN in the residence.
    • SDFs, they will serve the last 7 days of their 21-day SHN in a place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family) or hotel. 

All other countries / regions 

  1. Take COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure.
  2. Take on-arrival COVID-19 test.
  3. Serve 21-day SHN in SDFs.
  4. Take two COVID-19 swab tests before 21-day SHN is over.

Note:

  • Pass holders who have not completed their SHN by 7 May 2021, 23:59 hours: Also subject to the 21-day SHN. They must serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN at their current SHN accommodation.

  • Children 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.
  • * The assessment of border measures based on pass holders’ travel history in the last 21 consecutive days before entering Singapore does not apply to ATB flights.
  • New entry applications for pass holders from higher-risk countries/regions (i.e. all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand and Taiwan) will no longer be accepted with immediate effect
  • Construction, Marine shipyard and Process (CMP) work pass holders who have obtained an entry approval to enter from higher-risk countries/regions: Are allowed to enter Singapore, except for a small group with arrival dates in June 2021 who will be rescheduled. Affected employers will receive an email from MOM. 
  • All other pass holders who have obtained an entry approval to enter from higher-risk countries/regions: Those with arrival dates before 5 July 2021 will not be allowed to enter. Affected employers will receive an email from MOM on when to re-apply for entry and will be prioritised for entry approvals then.

Group 1 countries / regionsShow

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

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 test in Singapore 
    • Children 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the on-arrival COVID-19 tests.
    • 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. Self-isolate until test results are negative
    After the test, pass holders must proceed immediately to and remain isolated in a suitable accommodation indicated below 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.  

Group 2 countries / regionsShow

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

  • Hong Kong (entering Singapore on non-designated flights)
  • 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 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 SHN in a
    • Place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family), or a hotel. 
    • Pass holders are not allowed to serve SHN in dormitories or premises that are occupied by non-family members.
    • Their SHN accommodation must fulfil the prevailing SHN advisory and guidelines.
     
  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 (up to $200 including GST).

* Children 6 years old and below this year are exempted from the COVID-19 tests.

Group 4 and all other countries / regionsShow

 

Pass holders must comply with the following:

  1. Take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test* within 72 hours before departure
    • Pass holders who have recovered from COVID-19 are also subject to this requirement. 
    • Pass holders need to present a valid negative test result, in English and from laboratories that are internationally accredited or recognised by the respective countries’ or regions’ government, to enter Singapore. The test memo must also state these details:
      • Test result
      • Date of PCR test
      • Pass holder's name and either 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 an on-arrival COVID-19 test* in Singapore 
    • For workers in Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants: Find out their COVID-19 tests and SHN requirements.
    • For all other pass holders: Please register and pay for their 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 21-day SHN:
    • Pass holders with travel history to Fiji or Vietnam within 21 consecutive days before entering Singapore: Must serve the first 14 days of their SHN in SDFs, and the last 7 days in a place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family) or a hotel. 
    • All other pass holders: Must serve a 21-day SHN in SDFs.

  4. Take two COVID-19 swab tests* before their 21-day SHN is over:    
    • The pass holder will be notified of the test appointment details by SMS.
    • You must pay for the following:
      • SDF stay (14-day stay: $2,000 including GST; 21-day stay: $3,000 including GST)
      • Swab tests (up to $200 including GST per test)

Note:

  • Pass holders who have not completed their SHN by 7 May 2021, 23:59 hours: Also subject to the 21-day SHN. They must serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN at their current SHN accommodation.
  • Pass holders with travel history to Fiji or Vietnam:
    • Pass holders who have not completed their 14-day SHN by 7 May 2021, 23:59 hours: Also subject to the 21-day SHN. For those who are currently serving SHN in:
      • Place of residence, they can continue to serve the remainder of their 21-day SHN in the residence.
      • SDFs, they will serve the last 7 days of their 21-day SHN in a place of residence (only occupied by the pass holder or family) or hotel.  

* Children 6 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) How to register and pay for the test?
Air
$160
Use Changi Airport's eService to register and pay for the test before the pass holder arrives in Singapore.
Land 
$160

On arrival, the pass holder must register and pay for the test at the checkpoint using any of these modes: 

  • Cash in Singapore dollars
  • NETS
  • MasterCard or VISA

You may need to reimburse the pass holder. Find out who is responsible for the test cost

Sea $160 Use MPA’s eService to register and pay for the test before the pass holder arrives in Singapore

Note: The instructions in the table above are not applicable to workers in Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors on Work Permit, Training Work Permit or S Pass not entering with dependants. For such workers, find out about their COVID-19 tests and SHN requirements

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 COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, 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, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones. They must respond to MOM’s phone calls, WhatsApp video calls or SMSes within 1 hour. This includes ensuring their prepaid cards have sufficient value. They must also report their health status using the FWMOMCare app.
  • (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 COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, 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, unless they are serving SHN at SDFs.
  • Get them to download both WhatsApp and FWMOMCare app on their mobile phones. If not practicable, you can do so on their behalf. 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 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 COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, 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, unless you are serving SHN at SDF.
  • 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, work pass holders and their dependants have a collective duty to ensure the entry approval and SHN requirements are complied with.

MOM will not hesitate to take enforcement measures against any parties who do not comply with the requirements or make false declarations. Measures include criminal proceedings, work pass revocations and withdrawal of work pass privileges.