November 12, 2020

Singapore Pass Holders Now Require COVID-19 PCR Tests

To reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, work pass and dependent pass holders, including children under 12 years of age, must now take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to departure when traveling to Singapore. This requirement applies to all pass holders arriving in Singapore as of November 17, 2020, at 23:59.

To enter Singapore, individuals will be required to present a valid negative test memo, in English, and from a laboratory that is internationally accredited or recognized by the respective countries’ governments. The test memo must include:

    • The test results
    • The date the PCR test was taken
    • The pass holder's particular details as indicated on their passport (date of birth, nationality and passport number)

Enforcement action will be taken against pass holders who produce falsified documents to enter Singapore.

All entrants must also serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), as stated in their entry approval emails. This applies to all pass holders entering from all countries and regions except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Malaysia (excluding Sabah), New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Following their arrival into Singapore, all pass holders must take another COVID-19 test before their 14-day SHN is over, except for children who are 12 years old or younger.

It is important to note that individuals who are unable to meet the requirements above or who are unable to enter Singapore must cancel their entry approvals before their approved entry period. Otherwise, they may still be obliged to pay the fees for their stay at the dedicated SHN facilities, if applicable, in amounts of $2,000 per person including GST, and for COVID-19 tests, up to $200 per person including GST, even if they do not enter Singapore.

For further information on arrival requirements for Singapore, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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