COVID-19: Summary of Measures put in place by the Ministry of Manpower

In lieu of the fluidity of COVID-19 situation, MOM has further tightened on their advisory to employers and employees.

Who will be affected?

The below will provide a summary of the measures that have been put in place to limit the risks posed by work pass holders:

  • New work pass applications submitted for foreign workers from mainland China will continue to be rejected until further notice. Renewal applications for existing work pass holders are currently not affected by this restriction.
  • Returning employees with Hubei travel history within 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore will be quarantined at home or other suitable facilities. For employees who have returned to Singapore, before 28 January 2020, will be assessed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and those at higher risk will be placed on quarantine order.
  • Leave of Absence (LOA) requirements will apply for all employees arriving from mainland China (excluding Hubei province) between 31 January 2020 18:00hrs and 18 February 2020 23:59hrs for 14 days from the day of arrival in Singapore.
  • Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements will apply for all employees arriving from mainland China (excluding Hubei province) on or after 18 February 2020 23:59 hrs. It is mandatory for employees under SHN to remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period.
  • All employees who have travelled to and arriving to Singapore from the following areas from 26 February 2020 23:59hrs:
    • Mainland China (outside Hubei)
    • Daegu City, Republic of Korea
    • Cheongdu County, Republic of Korea


Employers will be required to fulfil additional obligations and request for travel approval before their employees may travel into Singapore


These measures have already been implemented and will remain in effect until further notices are received from the authorities.

Santa Fe Analysis

As authorities have not stipulated any timeline for the additional measures implemented on travellers, affected travellers should refrain from making travel plans to Singapore as much as possible until further advice is received from the relevant government bodies.

For employers, it is advised to keep assignment start dates flexible for affected travellers and also to keep business travels to Mainland China and Republic of Korea to a minimum.

For latest information about the coronavirus, kindly visit the following: Ministry of Health, Singapore;  Ministry of Manpower, Singapore; Immigration & Checkpoints, Singapore.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Ai Leng Chew
Immigration Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +65 6398 3004
M: +65 8921 8803

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +44 7990 021125

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