From March 15, 2021, employers who need to bring pass holders to
Singapore will need to apply for entry approvals using the
‘Safe Travel portal' under the Immigration &
Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Who will be affected? Employers and
Work Pass holders who are currently overseas and intending to
return to Singapore will be affected by this new update.
Implementation As of March 15, 2021, employers with work pass
holders, including those on In-Principal Approval (IPA) or Letter
of Consent (LOC), who are currently overseas may submit requests
for entry into Singapore using the ‘Safe Travel
portal', instead of the Entry Approval FORMSG by the Ministry
of Manpower (MOM). The outcome of the request will be released
immediately upon successful submission, as opposed to the
processing timeline of 1-2 working days by MOM. The new platform
will be applicable to the following group of pass holders:
- Employment Pass (EP);
- Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP);
- Those on IPA, Letter of Consent (LOC) and their dependents;
- S Pass holders who are NOT from the Construction, Marine
Shipyard and Process Sectors
Points to take note:
- The Work Pass holders will be given a grace period of 3 days to
arrive in Singapore based on the date of intended arrival declared
to the authorities.
- There will be an upfront payment for the Stay Home Notice
(Dedicated Facility) and COVID-19 Test while serving the Stay Home
Notice and this payment will have to be made during the entry
approval submission stage.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.