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FAQs on new Rostered Routine Testing regime

Find out more about Fast and Easy Testing-Rostered Routine Testing (FET-RRT).

Which groups of workers need to undergo FET-RRT? How will the employers know which of their workers are required to be tested regularly?Show

From 15 October 2021, mandatory Fast and Easy Testing-Rostered Routine Testing (FET-RRT) applies to the following groups of workers who are at higher risk:

  • All workers from the construction, marine shipyard and process sectors (unless working in company office premises) and personnel who go into the work sites.
  • All workers from the manufacturing and services sectors residing in the following sites:
    • Purpose-built dormitories
    • Factory-converted dormitories
    • Decant sites
    • Temporary Occupational Licence Quarters / Construction Temporary Quarters
  • Workers who are part of dormitory operations staff but do not reside in a dormitory, such as dormitory managers, maintenance personnel, security guards, cleaners, minimart operators and canteen operators. They are also termed as frontline workers.
  • Recovered workers who have passed 270 days from their date of symptoms onset or detection of infection.
  • Newly arrived recovered workers.

Why are my RRT appointments after 14 October 2021 cancelled?Show

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) will implement Fast and Easy Tests (FETs) regime using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) from 15 October 2021:

  • Vaccinated workers who are currently on the 14-Day Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime will undergo supervised ART once a week, in lieu of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Unvaccinated workers will be tested twice a week using ART swabs.
  • Workers can conduct these supervised ART swabs in their dormitories, place of residence, or place of work.

Hence, you will not be able to make any appointments in SRS from 15 October onwards.

The table below shows the different group of workers going through FET-RRT from 15 October 2021:

Worker groups Current
PCR-RRT
From 15 Oct 2021
FET-RRT
Vaccinated workers

14-day cycle of:

  • Supervised ART on Day 7; and
  • PCR test on Day 14
Supervised ART every 7 days
Unvaccinated workers

14-day cycle of:

  • Supervised ART on Days 3, 7 and 11; and
  • PCR test on Day 14
Supervised ART every 3 days
Workers in Maritime, Marine & Aviation sectors in higher risk workplace settings

7-day cycle of:

  • Supervised ART on Days 3
  • PCR test on Day 7

No change for workers who are on this cycle.

Please continue with your scheduled appointments.

More details: Advisory to dormitory operators - Implementation of new Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime

Are there exemptions for any workers from FET-RRT?Show

Workers should not do ART self-testing if they have the following:

  • Fever, cough, flu, or runny nose.
  • Nosebleed in the past 24 hours.
  • Nasal surgery in the last 4 weeks.
  • Facial surgery in the last 8 weeks.

Workers who are unwell are to seek for medical treatment at Regional Medical Centres (RMC) or consult a telemedicine provider using the FWMOMCare mobile application.

Employers should remind their workers to perform the next ART when they are well and to submit their results on the FWMOMCare mobile application.

My worker is a Special Pass holder who is due for repatriation, will he be required to go for Rostered Routing Testing (RRT) when requesting for further extension of Special Pass?Show

MOM will arrange the Special Pass holders to undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests at the MOM Services Centre. Their special passes will only be extended after going through the PCR tests.

If Special Pass holders who are staying in the dormitory are not allowed to leave the dormitory for the PCR test, what should they do?Show

Special Pass holders should contact the dormitory operator or their case officer (if any) to escalate their circumstances to MOM immediately.

My workers are residing in Factory Converted Dormitories, Temporary Living Quarters, Construction Temporary Quarters or Temporary Occupation Licensed Quarters, how can we collect their ART kits?Show

For FCDs, TLQs, CTQs or TOLQs, an appointed vendor will be delivering the kits to the dormitory by 22 October 2021. Workers residing within these dormitories can collect their kits from their dormitory operators.

Selected dormitories may be required to collect their kits from a central location. Dormitory operators will be informed via email by 13 October 2021.

More details: Implementation of new Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime

What if my workers in dormitories tested ART-positive (Ag+) and / or PCR-positive?Show

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