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Additional Testing Regime for Newly Arrived Migrant Workers Staying in Dormitories to Ensure Safety of Migrant Workers

  1. From 6 January 2021, newly arrived migrant workers approved for entry into Singapore and staying in dormitories will have to stay at a designated facility to go through an additional 7-day testing regime, after completing their 14-Day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). The workers will be able to move into their dormitories1 only after completing the additional testing regime. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) introduced this new requirement to minimise the risk of an imported COVID-19 positive case transmitting the virus into the dormitories.
  2. The 14-day SHN and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) exit test reduces the risk of a missed positive COVID-19 case to very low levels. Nevertheless, as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has started approving the entry of a larger number of migrant workers into Singapore, the MTF considers it prudent to further reduce the risk of a missed COVID-19 positive case entering the dormitories and starting a new cluster.
  3. During the 7 days at the designated facility, the newly arrived migrant workers will undergo additional swab tests, and will still be able to go to work. Any COVID-19 positive cases will be swiftly isolated and conveyed to a hospital or a Community Care Facility. Their close contacts will also be quarantined and isolated.
  4. The Government will continue to review these latest measures and update our policies accordingly.


  1. Dormitories include purpose-built dormitories, factory-converted dormitories, temporary living quarters, temporary occupation licence (TOL) quarters and construction temporary quarters.