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;

    and

  • S Pass holders who are NOT from the Construction, Marine

    Shipyard and Process Sectors

Points to take note:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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