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89 Work Passes Revoked for Breach of Entry Approval and Stay-Home Notice Requirements

  1. As of 21 March 2020, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked the work passes of 89 work pass holders for breaching entry approval and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements.
  2. Of the 89 work passes revoked:
    • 73 work pass holders with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries1 entered Singapore without obtaining entry approval from MOM
    • 16 work pass holders were caught breaching the Leave of Absence (LOA) or SHN requirements. Some were caught working at their workplaces. Others were caught leaving their place of residence during the period of their LOA/SHN, even when instructed not to do so. Many of these violations occurred during the first month following the imposition of the SHN requirement. In the second month, the number of violations fell to 4.
  3. The workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore. MOM has also suspended the work pass privileges of employers for periods ranging from one to three years, as they have failed to discharge their duties to ensure that their employees comply with the LOA/SHN requirements.


  4. As entry approvals and SHN are now required for work pass holders entering Singapore from anywhere in the world, employers are reminded to seek approval using the online facility for work pass holders to enter or return to Singapore. Employers should inform their employees not to make travel plans to Singapore until approval has been obtained from MOM.
  5. Upon the employee’s arrival in Singapore, they will be required to serve a mandatory 14-day SHN. Employers and employees have a joint duty to ensure that employee behaves responsibly during the SHN.
  6. MOM will continue 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 suspension of work pass privileges.
  7. Members of public who have any information on work pass holders or employers breaching the SHN requirements can email MOM at:


  1. This refers to countries from which travellers would be required to serve a 14 day SHN upon arrival in Singapore. Refer to relevant MOM press releases.