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Movement Restriction Order

An Movement Restriction Order (MRO) may be issued to migrant workers who test positive on an ART self-test, or when COVID-19 clusters are detected in dormitories.

What is it

A Movement Restriction Order (MRO) may be imposed on migrant workers which require them to remain in their place of residence, a recovery or isolation facility, for a stipulated period to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

As part of the Additional Work Pass Conditions, all employers must take reasonable steps to ensure that their workers comply with the prevailing COVID-19 advisories and legislation issued by the Government.

Who will be affected by MRO

Migrant workers may be issued with MRO if:

You are not allowed to relocate your workers to other living spaces if they are issued with an MRO.

What happens when my worker is issued with an MRO

MOM will send an email to inform employers on the duration of the MRO for affected workers.

The ART kits and PCR tests required for the protocol will be provided for, or arranged by MOM.

Workers are reminded to upload their ART results on their FWMOMCare mobile application.
For dormitory residents that are Protocol if tested positive on the ART
Fully vaccinated with mild or no symptoms

Your workers will:

  1. Recover from COVID-19 infection at a Centralised Recovery Facility (CRF).
  2. Undergo self-administered ART on Day 4 and 5.
  3. Discharge from CRF:
    • If they test ART-negative on Day 4 or Day 5; or
    • On Day 7
Fully vaccinated (previously with mild or no symptoms) who turns symptomatic during the recovery period

Your workers will:

  1. Continue to recover from COVID-19 infection at the CRF, or convey to the Community Isolation Facility, Community Treatment Facility, or Public Healthcare Institution for recovery if symptoms assessed to be high risk.
  2. Restart on a new 7 days recovery regime if they are further tested positive on ART or PCR.
  3. Discharge from designated recovery facility:
    • If they test ART-negative after Day 3; or
    • On Day 7 for vaccinated workers or Day 14 for unvaccinated workers.
  4. Receive an email advisory from Ministry of Manpower (MOM) titled "Positive COVID-19 test result for your foreign worker(s)" addressed to the employer. The advisory issued to your worker will supersede all prior movement restriction order.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated or
  • Did not fulfil dormitory recovery criteria. Assessed by doctors as high risk (e.g. immunocompromised status) or with significant symptoms (e.g. chest pain, shortness of breath, prolonged fever) or declared to have serious medical conditions (e.g. active cancer).

Your workers will:

  1. Recover from COVID-19 infection at community isolation facility, community treatment facility, or public healthcare institution.
  2. Undergo self-administered ART from Day 4 onwards.
  3. Discharge from community isolation facility, community treatment facility, or public healthcare institution:
    • If they test ART-negative after Day 3; or
    • On Day 7 for vaccinated workers or Day 14 for unvaccinated workers.
Fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers exempted from FET-RRT do not need to undergo MRO or recovery regime if they present with an incidental positive result on ART test and are asymptomatic

Your workers:

  • Do not need to undergo ART.
  • Do not need to go to the CRF if tested ART-positive and feeling well.
  • Should inform the dormitory operator to get a telemedicine consultation or visit the regional medical centre (RMC) if they feel unwell.
  • Can leave the dormitory for work and other activities, unless advised by doctor to be isolated.

Share the following infographics which contain useful information for your workers who are on restricted movement:

Penalties for employers

Failure to comply with MRO requirements is a breach of Section 7(6) of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act 1990. MOM conducts regular inspections and will take appropriate enforcement actions against non-compliance.