The traveller must be a pass holder [work pass holder and dependant(s)] who have obtained an entry approval from the relevant government agencies to enter Singapore. Singapore Work Pass Holders and dependants must obtain MOM’s entry approval to enter Singapore.
2. Preparation for entry into Singapore
|Up to 60 days before planned date of entry into Singapore
||Applicants, including pass holders as well as employers and employment agencies, are to submit an application for MOM’s entry approval here. Please use the entry approval calendar here to calculate the earliest and latest date you should apply for entry.
Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued with an Approval Letter of Entry via email.
Additional requirements and responsibilities to bring pass holders (work pass holders and dependants) into Singapore can be found here.
|Ensure insurance coverage
The Singapore Government will no longer cover treatment costs for all pass holders entering Singapore from 1 January 2021, if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive within 14 days of arrival in Singapore.
The employer is responsible for their workers’ medical expenses. The employer must buy COVID-19 medical insurance for all Work Permit, Training Work Permit and S Pass holders entering Singapore from 1 January 2021, .
The insurance must meet these requirements:
- Covers at least $10,000 for medical expenses if the worker develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive within 14 days of arrival in Singapore.;
- Covers workers on work pass in-principle approvals (IPAs).
Please check with your insurer whether your workers’ existing medical insurance plans meet the above requirements. If not, you can consider these insurers.
(e.g. EP holders or dependants)
All other work pass holders are encouraged to buy medical insurance with the appropriate coverage before entering Singapore as they are responsible for their medical expenses if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive within 14 days of arrival in Singapore.
|At least 7 days before planned entry date into in Singapore
|Submit Visa Application (if required)
||Eligible travellers who require a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a valid visa before departing for Singapore.
- Travellers can check if they require a visa to enter Singapore here; and
- Travellers who are existing visa holders can check the status here (travellers need not apply for a visa if his/her existing visa remains valid).
3. Pre-Departure for Singapore
|Up to 3 calendar days before planned date of entry into Singapore
|Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Test
||Travellers, including but not limiting to LTPHs/IPA holders and short-term visitors, who have spent the past consecutive 14 days to certain countries/regions listed in the Summary Table on SHN and Swab Requirements for Travellers to Singapore here are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore at an authorised health centre designated by the Government of a counterpart country/region and obtain a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English.
|Submission of Pre-trip Health/Travel History Declarations and Installation of Mandatory Mobile Applications
||Travellers should monitor their health and avoid travelling if feeling unwell. If travellers are fit for travel, they should:
- Electronically submit their pre-trip health and travel history declarations via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-service here;
- Register and pre-pay for their post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test here, depending on the traveller’s recent travel history in the past consecutive 14 days to countries/regions listed in the Summary Table on SHN and Swab Requirements for Travellers to Singapore here. Travellers who have yet to pay for their post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test will be required to pay on the spot; and
- Install and activate the TraceTogether, FWMOMCare and WhatsApp mobile applications on their mobile phones.
|Day of Departure to Singapore
||Travellers under the Work Pass Holder General Lane must produce the following documents for pre-boarding clearance:
- Valid Approval Letter of Entry;
- Valid visa to enter Singapore (for visa-required travellers); and
- Valid certificate of negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure for Singapore.
Travellers who do not produce the above documents at pre-boarding checks may be refused boarding by the airline or transport company.
4. Arrival in Singapore
|Day of entry into Singapore
|Immigration Clearance and Imposition of Health Control Measures
||Travellers can proceed with immigration clearance per normal.
Depending on the traveller’s recent travel history in the past consecutive 14 days to countries/regions listed in the Summary Table on SHN and Swab Requirements for Travellers to Singapore here, travellers may be required to:
- Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test and self-isolate at a place of residence/self-sourced (non-residential) accommodation until notification of negative COVID-19 PCR test result (within 48 hours);
- Serve 7-day SHN at a place of residence/self-sourced (non-residential) accommodation and take a COVID-19 PCR test during the SHN period, at their own cost;
- Serve 14-day SHN at SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF) and take a COVID-19 PCR test during the SHN period, at their own cost.
Travellers arriving from certain countries/regions listed in the Summary Table on SHN and Swab Requirements for Travellers to Singapore here are permitted to opt out of staying at the SDF, subject to approval by MOM during the entry approval process.
|On-Arrival Tests for Newly Arrived Foreign Workers from Construction, Marine and Process sectors, Foreign Domestic Workers and Confinement Nannies
||Newly arrived work permit and S Pass holders from the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors from higher risk countries/regions that are subject to 14-day SHN at SHN dedicated facilities (check table here for the countries/regions that apply), are required to take COVID-19 PCR Test and Serology Test on arrival in Singapore from 18 January 2021. Foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies entering Singapore from 5 February 2021 will be subjected to the same requirement if they are serving SHN at SHN dedicated facilities. The tests will be administered at the dedicated facilities within a few days of arrival. For more details, please refer to MOM's press releases below.
16 January 2021: On Arrival Tests for Newly Arrived Foreign Workers from Construction, Marine and Process Sectors
3 February 2021: Additional Measures for Newly Arrived Foreign Workers
|Transport from Checkpoint to Accommodation
||For travellers on self-isolation/serving Stay Home Notice (SHN) at a place of residence/self-sourced (non-residential) accommodation, they must arrange for transport to commute directly from the immigration checkpoint to the declared self-sourced (non-residential) accommodation, adhering to prevailing health measures. The use of public transport is not allowed.
For travellers serving SHN at an SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF), dedicated transport will be provided.
|Up to 14 days after arriving in Singapore
||For travellers eligible for on-arrival PCR test with self-isolation until test results are out within 48 hours, they can leave their declared accommodation after they are notified of their negative result and go about their activities in Singapore.
For travellers who are required to serve 7 or 14-day SHN at place of residence or SDF, please find more information about serving SHN or serving SHN at dedicated facilities here.
Travellers tested positive for COVID-19 will be accorded medical treatment at their own expense.
|7 days after completing SHN
|7-day enhanced testing
||Newly arrived migrant workers that fall into either categories below, will be subjected to an additional 7-day post-SHN testing regime:
i. Workers staying in dormitories; and
ii. Workers in the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors
Click the following MOM press releases for more info:
5 January 2021: Additional Testing Regime for Newly Arrived Foreign Workers Staying in Dormitories to Ensure Safety of Foreign Workers
3 February 2021: Additional Measures for Newly Arrived Foreign Workers
|After completion of isolation
|Safe Travel within Singapore
||All travellers are to abide by prevailing local public health requirements and safe distancing measures and encouraged to use TraceTogether and SafeEntry so that the authorities can identify close contacts to be quarantined if a positive COVID-19 case arises.