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MOM update Regarding 2019-nCOV

Posted on 7/02/2020 by PrimeHR


In view of the evolving 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) situation, the Ministry of Manpower along with the Ministry of Health put in place the following measures to minimise the potential risk that workers arriving from mainland China pose to Singapore:

Employers and employees should continue to be vigilant and adopt the following precautions where relevant:

  • Employers should obtain a health and travel declaration from their employees on whether they have travelled to mainland China recently, or if they have any upcoming travel plans to mainland China.
  • From 31 Jan 2020, MOM will reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers from mainland China until further notice. Renewal applications for existing work pass holders will not be affected.
  • All returning employees with Hubei travel history within 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore will be quarantined at home or other suitable facilities. Those who were already in Singapore before 28 Jan 2020 will be assessed by MOH and those at higher risk will be quarantined.
  • All employees arriving from mainland China (excluding Hubei province) on or after 31 Jan 2020 will be required to go on leave of absence (LOA) for 14 days from the day of arrival in Singapore (Temperature Check document attached).

If your foreign employees (work pass, in-principle approval (IPA), Dependant’s Pass or Long-Term Visit Pass holders) meet the criteria below, you must take the following actions:

Type of foreign employees

What you need to do

Travelled to/arrived from mainland China within 14 days before arriving in Singapore from 31 Jan 2020

  1. Declare to MOM immediately that you have informed the affected foreign employees of the LOA requirement.
  2. Request for MOM’s approval 3 days before your employee’s planned arrival date in Singapore. For urgent cases, you may still apply and we will try to facilitate.
  3. Inform the affected employees that they will be on a 14-day LOA upon arrival in Singapore and get their written acknowledgement. Please keep this acknowledgement form and submit it to MOM when requested by the Controller of Work Passes.


Have passports issued in Hubei and are currently overseas.


Travelled to Hubei within the last 14 days and are currently overseas, regardless of nationalities.

  1. Defer the affected employees’ entry/return to Singapore as far as possible until further notice from MOM.
  2. Inform MOM of your employees’ travel plans immediately.

Employers and employees have a joint duty to ensure that employees behave responsibly during the LOA period. MOM reserves the right to take action against the employer or employee, if they fail to discharge their duty.

Kindly do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification or further assistance.