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Relocating foreign workers to another residence

Employers no longer need to seek MOM’s approval in order to relocate their foreign workers. Find out the procedures that employers and dormitory operators must abide by for the checking in and out of foreign workers from cleared dormitories.

For originating site

If the foreign workers are currently residing in a cleared PBD, FCD, CTQ, TOL quarters, TLQ or Government Decant Site, the dormitory operator and employer must take the following steps before moving the workers out of their current dormitories:

  1. Employers and dormitory operators must check that the workers’ AccessCode shows that the workers are “Cleared” or “Recovered” for COVID-19 infection, and not on Quarantine Order (QO) or Stay-Home Notice (SHN);
  2. Employers should schedule their workers for regular routine testing (RRT) through Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Swab Registration System at https://www.hpb.gov.sg/srs; and
  3. Dormitory operators must update their dormitory nominal roll to delete the outgoing workers. Employers need to update the workers’ new address in Online Foreign Worker Address System (OFWAS) or EP Online, and ensure that the workers have downloaded and activated the FWMOMCare, SGWorkPass and TraceTogether mobile applications.

Dormitory operators can request that employers print out the AccessCode status through the Safe@Work eService to get the information.

For receiving site

If the foreign workers are relocating to a cleared PBD, FCD, CTQ, TOL quarters or TLQ, the dormitory operator can only admit the foreign workers if they are not serving Quarantine Order (QO) or Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and fulfil at least one of the criteria below:

  • Have been tested COVID-negative within the past 14 days; or
  • Have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days; or
  • Are required to move by the Joint Taskforce or sectoral agencies and have been undergoing RRT or Active Surveillance Swab.

Dormitory operators can request that employers print out the AccessCode status through the Safe@Work eService to get the information.

For new residents who do not meet these criteria, dormitory operators may admit them only if they are able to room them separately from the rest of the residents until they have been tested COVID-negative (“onboarding period”).

In addition, these new residents can only leave the dormitory for work, to run essential errands, or for emergency purposes during the onboarding period. The onboarding period minimises the risk of transmission to the dormitory population in the event that the new resident is infected with COVID-19.

More details of the requirement can be found in the advisory on movement of migrant workers between cleared dormitories.

Additional things to note

  • The above procedures are not applicable if the worker is relocating to an HDB flat or private residential premises (PRP). There is no need to seek MOM’s approval to relocate workers to HDB / PRP.
  • Employers are reminded that HDB / PRP can only house up to 6 foreign workers. More info on requirements for housing of foreign workers in HDB or PRP.