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Sending your workers home

Employers must follow these steps to repatriate your workers.

If your workers are leaving Singapore permanently, ensure that you have completed step 1 – 5 before cancelling the work passes.

To repatriate your workers:

  1. Ensure that your workers have no movement restriction
  2. Check embassy websites for the latest pre-departure test (PDT) requirements
  3. Check all requirements imposed by airlines and receiving countries / regions
  4. Book their flights early
  5. Ensure your workers have legal stay until the date of their flights, after their work passes have been cancelled
  6. Ensure your workers fulfil all PDT requirements

Ensure that your workers have no movement restrictionsShow

You and your workers must ensure that they do not have any movement restriction such as Stay-Home-Notice (SHN), Movement Restriction Order (MRO) or Isolation Order before they leave Singapore. If they are under any movement restriction, they must complete them before repatriation.

It is an offence if they fail to comply.

Check embassy websites for latest pre-departure test requirementsShow

You should check embassy websites for the entry requirements of destination country / region, including pre-departure approvals or declarations, COVID-19 tests, or accepted vaccinations. You may also refer to MFA's travel guides.

Embassy websites Travel Guides
Bangladesh High Commission Bangladesh
Embassy of the People's Republic of China China
High Commission of India India
Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Myanmar
Embassy of the Philippines Philippines
Sri Lanka High Commission Sri Lanka
Royal Thai Embassy
Royal Thai Embassy Facebook page
Thailand
The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Vietnam

Check all requirements imposed by the airlines and receiving countries / regionsShow

Employers must:

  • (If a pre-departure test is required) Arrange and ensure your worker visits any of the approved clinics to take the pre-departure test required by the destination country / region, and gets a copy of the result memo.
  • Pay for all the COVID-19 ART, PCR and IgM Antibody Serology tests expenses.
  • Pay directly to the clinic.

Travellers are subjected to their destination country or region's requirements for entry, which may include proof of vaccination. Individuals can use the Notarise website to get their Vaccination HealthCerts before travel.

Please remind your foreign workers to retrieve their Vaccination HealthCert because without proof of their vaccination, they might be subject to longer quarantine periods and additional testing in their destination countries / regions.

You should check the websites of embassies and airlines regularly for updates to PDT and quarantine requirements.

Book their flights earlyShow

As an employer, it is your responsibility to buy an air ticket and pay for any connecting transport costs to the international port of entry in your worker's home country / region, nearest to their hometown. You must pay for the air ticket and it must include check-in luggage.

Employment Pass or S Pass holders' employers are required to bear all repatriation costs unless the pass holders have given written consent to pay for the repatriation themselves.

For Work Permit holders, employers must ensure that the departure date is within 2 weeks from the Work Permit cancellation.

Flights are currently limited due to the COVID-19 situation. You should check for availability and book early by regularly checking:

Before booking, check that the flight is scheduled for departure, using:


Choosing the airline

Employers are advised to check respective airlines' websites for any boarding requirements before booking the flight ticket.

You should choose airlines that allow flexibility in rescheduling or cancellation of flights for passengers with positive COVID-19 test results.

All passengers departing from Singapore for China are required to be tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding. Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 may continue to test positive due to shedding of non-viable viral fragments even though they are non-infectious.

You should check the websites of embassies and airlines regularly for updates to PDT and quarantine requirements.
Pass type If You need to

Work Permit (WP)

Includes:
migrant workers, migrant domestic workers, performing artiste and trainees.

Flights are within 14 days of work pass cancellation or expiry

To cancel the work pass, use:

Upon cancellation of work permit, your worker will be issued a Special Pass till the departure date, up to a maximum of 14 days.

Flights are more than 14 days from work pass cancellation or expiry

To extend the Special Pass till departure date (up to a maximum of 14 days), use:

Workers are already on Special Passes and you're unable to get a flight before their Special Pass expire

To extend their stay, register online for:

Note: You must extend their Special Pass or they will become illegal overstayers in Singapore.

You are required to submit supporting documents such as flight cancellation proof by airline.

All other Work Passes

Includes:
S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass

Flights are within 30 days of Work Pass cancellation of expiry Use myMOM Portal or EP Online to cancel their work passes.
Workers are already on Short-Term Visit Passes and you're unable to get a flight before their passes expire

Register online to extend their stay.

Note: You must extend their Short-Term Visit Pass or they will become illegal overstayers in Singapore.

You are required to submit supporting documents such as flight cancellation proof by airline.

Ensure all pre-departure test (PDT) requirements are fulfilledShow

Before your workers' flight departure, you need to ensure that your workers fulfil all PDT requirements and have their necessary documents ready. This includes the submission of travel and health declaration forms, and the installation of required mobile applications before departing for Changi Airport.

You should check the websites of embassies and airlines, and MFA's travel guides regularly, for any specific COVID-19 related landing requirements, such as a fit-to-fly doctor's certification or quarantine requirements on arrival.

For countries / regions that require a PDT before travellers depart from Singapore, you should contact an approved clinic to make an appointment for PCR tests or serology tests.

After swab appointment

You need to ensure that your worker:

  • Has a copy of the notarised digital HealthCert containing a QR code, when checking in at the airport.
  • Does not have any movement restriction on departure day.

Certain countries / regions would not allow your workers to board the flight if their test results are inconclusive or positive.

You should check the websites of embassies and airlines regularly for updates to PDT and quarantine requirements.

Positive test results

Workers who are tested positive may be subjected to isolation or treatment. You and your worker will be informed on the procedures by the medical professionals. You should:

  • Check with the airline for refunds or deferment of your worker's flight ticket.
  • Arrange for another swab test before the next available flight.

Inconclusive results

If your worker has inconclusive results, you should:

  • Check with the airlines to schedule the earliest available next flight.
  • Arrange for another swab test for your worker as soon as possible before the rebooked flight.

All passengers departing from Singapore for China are required to be tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding. Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 may continue to test positive due to shedding of non-viable viral fragments even though they are non-infectious. Employers would need to rebook their flights and arrange for them to be re-tested before their rebooked flights.

Employers are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of work permit holders until they have been successfully repatriated. This includes providing acceptable accommodation, adequate food, medical treatment, arranging any necessary PDT requirements and covering all repatriation related costs.

For Employment Pass or S Pass holders, employers are required to bear all repatriation costs unless the pass holders have given written consent to pay for the repatriation themselves.


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