Latest Updates & Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
Last updated: 26 March 2020
Summarising the latest advice, support and guidance from official sources on COVID-19 for your business, your employees and you.
When communicating guidance and updates internally to employees, the Chamber recommends considerate use of language and terminology and the need for sensitivity across all cultures.
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|Important Travel Restrictions||24 Mar 2020||
As of 27 March 2020:
All travellers arriving in Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, PRs, and Long term pass holders, must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. Access is via the SG Arrival Card e-service and associated Apps from the iOS and Google App stores. Travellers may submit their declaration up to 3 days prior to arrival, and must re-submit if there are changes to their health condition or travel history before arriving. Travellers who do not submit in advance will be required to do so on arrival, which could delay their immigration clearance. This declaration is in addition to any requirements outlined below.
As of 24 March 2020:
Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect.
Singapore residents and long-term pass holders who leave the country from 27 March 2020 onwards will be charged unsubsidised rates at public hospitals if they are later admitted for suspected COVID-19 after showing symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. Any work pass holder or their dependents who leave the country from this date onwards will be deprioritised for entry approval and could see significant delays before they are allowed to return if they persist in travelling abroad and return infected.
All short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are not allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.
Inbound Work Pass Holders
The Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport. All work pass holders and their dependents planning to enter/return to Singapore from any country are required to obtain MOM’s approval before they can commence their journey (see further information below). The MOM will issue an approval letter to the employee who will need to show this to the airline upon check-in and ICA upon arrival. See notes above regarding those who choose to travel after 27 March 2020 and the risks to re-entry.
Inbound Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders
Those entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness are required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint, regardless of travel history. Those who meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.
Further information on MOM approval for pass holders
All employers are strongly urged to defer bringing pass holders into Singapore.
If you need to extend the validity of the pass holders’ in-principle approval (IPA), you can do so.
However, if you are unable to defer the pass holders’ arrival, you must do the following:
Note: For pass holders with Hubei-issued passports or recent travel history to Hubei, please defer their entry to Singapore as far as possible.
|Tighter measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19||24 Mar 2020|
|Health Advisory for Persons Issued Stay-Home-Notice||18 Mar 2020|
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
|Resilience Budget 2020||26 Mar 2020||The Ministry of Finance has announced a $48billion Resilience Budget to support Singaporeans and businesses.|
|Advisory on COVID-19 for Businesses||24 Mar 2020||As of 26 March 2020 businesses must put in place measures to reduce close physical interactions amongst employees. Tele-conferencing should be used in place of physical meetings wherever possible. Where employees can perform their work by telecommuting from home, employers must ensure that they do so.|
|The support will not apply to employers and SEPs if telecommuting arrangements are available for work to be performed remotely by affected persons.|
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|Advisory on social distancing measures at workplace||14 Mar 2020|
|Tripartite Partners Update Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment in view of COVID-19||11 Mar 2020|
|Advisory for employers and employees travelling to and from affected areas in response to increase in cases of COVID-19||23 Mar 2020|
|General advisory for workplace measures in response to DORSCON Orange situation in Singapore||20 Mar 2020|
|25 Feb 2020|
THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE UK
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do||Advice for those in the UK|
THE CURRENT GLOBAL COVID-19 SITUATION
|World Health Organisation updates|