As highlighted in Income’s staff advisory on 20 Mar 2020, staff are to defer travel abroad for the time being, following MOH’s advisory on 18 Mar 2020. This applies to citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders. Anyone entering Singapore after 20 Mar 2020, 2359 hrs will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) by the authorities, and will have to comply with the requirements of the SHN.
We urge staff not to travel with immediate effect, for your personal safety as well as the safety of your friends and family close to you. Staff who have to proceed with their travel plans, due to urgent or personal reasons, must do all of the following:
- Declare your upcoming travel plans via this online form (travel);
- Ensure that your manager is informed of your travel plans;
- If you are a work pass holder (EP, SPass, LOC, Work Permit), you must also inform HR of your travel plans to facilitate application of a MOM Entry Approval for your return (refer to details below). Please do not travel unless you have obtained the MOM Entry Approval; and
- Comply with the requirements of the SHN upon return to Singapore.
Staff who are served with a SHN and are unable to work from home will be required to use your own annual leave entitlements to cover the duration of the SHN.
Additional Requirements for Work Pass Holders
a) Application Requirements for MOM Entry Approval
Currently, all new and existing work pass holders (including dependants) planning to enter/return to Singapore from any country, must obtain MOM’s approval before they commence their journey.
While the MOM Entry Approval typically takes up to 10 days to process, on 24 Mar 2020, MOH warned that ‘any work pass holder or their dependant who leaves Singapore from Friday, 27 March will also be deprioritised for entry approval’, meaning that the process could take longer. MOH also warned that ‘work pass holders could also see significant delays before they are allowed to return to Singapore if they persist in travelling abroad and return infected’.
Work pass holders who absolutely must travel during this time must inform HR of your travel plans and obtain the MOM Entry Approval from HR before you start your travel.
To facilitate application for the MOM Entry Approval, staff will need to write to HR at email@example.com with the following details:
i) Full name and FIN number;
ii) Mobile number and personal email address;
iii) Planned date of arrival in Singapore (this will determine when HR will apply for the MOM Entry Approval);
iv) Country/Region departing from (including transits);
v) Travel details/itinerary (to be aware of the places the staff has travelled to in the last 14 days);
vi) Address for serving the 14-day Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) upon return (Block / house and unit number, street name, postal code); and
vii) Landlord’s written consent to house the staff during the 14-day SHN (letter format attached for perusal).
The email must be copied to your manager. Managers must take note of the requirements above for staff who are work pass holders, and ensure strict compliance.
b) Severe penalties for employees and employers for non-compliance
There are severe penalties / consequences for non-compliance to MOM requirements for work pass holders. Employees can have their work passes revoked and be permanently banned from working in Singapore, and employers can have their work pass privileges suspended.
As of 21 March 2020, MOM has revoked the work passes of 89 work pass holders for breaching entry approval and SHN requirements. The workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore. MOM has also suspended the work pass privileges of employers for periods ranging from one to three years, as they have failed to discharge their duties to ensure that their employees comply with the SHN requirements.
We seek your cooperation to be aware and compliant with advisories and requirements mandated by the authorities to safeguard our collective well-being.
Thank you and stay well!
Chief Human Resources Officer
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