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Entry Approval Requirement for Employers with Work Pass Holders with Travel History to Daegu City and Cheongdo County

  1. In view of the surge in the number of confirmed cases in the Republic of Korea, particularly in Daegu city and Cheongdo county, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce will put in place further precautionary measures to limit the risk that travellers from these affected regions pose to Singapore.


  2. With effect from 26 February 2020, 2359 hours, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will require all work pass holders (including dependants) with travel history to the Daegu city and Cheongdo county within the last 14 days and planning to enter/return to Singapore to obtain MOM’s approval before they commence their journey. This is regardless of the nationality of the work pass holder. This requirement applies to:
    • Existing work pass holders currently out of Singapore; and
    • In-Principle Approval holders who have yet to enter Singapore.
  3. Upon arrival in Singapore, all affected work pass holders will be placed on a mandatory 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Employers will be required to declare to MOM that they have arranged for suitable premises to house these returning employees for the duration of their SHN when applying for entry approval.
  4. Employers are required to apply for entry approval using this online facility which will be available from 26 February 2020, 0800 hours. Employers should inform their affected employees (including their dependants) not to make travel plans to Singapore until approval has been received from MOM. The employers will be required to send the MOM approval letter to the employees who will need to show it to the airline staff upon check-in and at the ICA checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore.


  5. Employers and work pass holders have a joint duty to ensure that the SHN is complied with. Work pass holders who have been put on a SHN shall not leave their place of residence. They should monitor their health closely and seek medical attention immediately if they develop any fever or symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath.
  6. Work pass holders on SHN can make their own arrangements to procure their daily necessities, such as meals and daily essentials. This could include requesting their house or dormitory mates to help procure these for them, or ordering home delivery services. Employers are responsible to ensure that their work pass holders on SHN can obtain meals and other daily essentials. If the work pass holder is unable to make his own arrangements, the employer will have to make the necessary arrangements. If support from employers is not forthcoming, work pass holders should report their difficulties to MOM.
  7. MOM will not hesitate to take enforcement measures against errant employers or employees who do not comply with the requirements set out above, including the revocation of work passes and withdrawal of work pass privileges.


  8. Employers and employees should closely monitor COVID-19-related developments and comply with both the travel and health advisories on the MOH website. Employees are urged to cooperate with their employers.
  9. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, there may be additional requirements imposed on work pass holders from time to time. While MOM will publicise these requirements widely, it may not be possible to inform every employer or employee directly about each new set of requirements. Employers and employees are strongly advised to check the MOM’s website for the latest advisories.
  10. For further queries or clarifications, please contact:

    a. Ministry of Manpower
    MOM Contact Centre
    Online Enquiry via this link:

    b. Ministry of Health
    MOH Emergency Line , Tel: (65) 1800 333 9999
    Online Enquiry via this link: