COVID-19 Phase Advisory

30 Nov 2021

Transition Phase to COVID-19 Resilience


Here are the measures from 22 November 2021:

dining 

F&B ESTABLISHMENTS
All vaccinated^: 5 per group^^, regardless of household.
Unvaccinated: No dining-in without PET. Take a PET at an MOH-approved test provider#.

COFFEESHOPS AND HAWKER CENTRES
All vaccinated^: 5 per group^^, regardless of household at places with full VDS checks;
otherwise 2 per group, regardless of household.
Unvaccinated: No dining-in. May take-away food.

Details in ESG’s advisory here.

Sports-Event 

LIVE PERFORMANCES, MICE, SPECTATOR & PARTICIPATORY SPORTS EVENTS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees.
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET.
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.
Unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments at live performances for vaccinated performers allowed.

gather 

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
5 per group.

visiting 

HOUSEHOLD VISITS
Up to 5 unique household visitors a day.
Unvaccinated should exercise caution, reduce movement, stay at home as much as possible.

Cinema 

CINEMAS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees, F&B may be served in groups of up to 5 persons.
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET.
Provision for children applies^^.

outdoors 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Mask-on or mask-off : 5 per group regardless of vaccination status. Details in SportSG’s advisory.

Shopping-Centre 

SHOPPING MALLS & LARGE STANDALONE STORES (STANDALONE SUPERMARKETS EXEMPTED)
Maximum of 1 person per 10 sqm. 5 persons per group, if all vaccinated. Entry allowed only if vaccinated. 

Details in ESG’s advisory here.

exercise 

GYMS & FITNESS STUDIOS
Mask-off: All vaccinated^ -  5 per group, Details in SportSG’s advisory.

Cruise 

ATTRACTIONS,SHOWS & CRUISES
Operating capacity of 50%.

workplace 

WORKPLACES
Work from home as the default. Suspension of 10-day snap Work from Home regime. No cross-deployment. Social gatherings disallowed. See MOM’s advisory here.

Museum 

MUSEUMS & PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Capacity must not exceed 50%.

weddings 

MARRIAGE SOLEMNISATIONS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees.
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET.
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.

Hotels 

HOTELS
Maximum 5 persons per room (subject to room’s maximum capacity).

reception 

WEDDING RECEPTIONS
All vaccinated^ : 250 attendees.
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.
1 reception only.

Home-business 

HOME-BASED BUSINESSES
Subject to safe management measures.
Up to 5 unique visitors per day.

pray 

CONGREGATIONAL & WORSHIP SERVICES
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 worshippers^^
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET^^.
Unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments allowed, subject to safe management measures.

Spa 

MASSAGE PARLOURS, SPAS, SAUNAS AND HAIR SALONS
Mask-off services allowed, if customer is vaccinated.

Funeral 

FUNERALS
Up to 30 persons at any point in time on all days.

Tour-group 

TOUR GROUPS
Up to 50 persons for conveyance tours (e.g. Duck Tours etc).
Up to 20 persons for non-conveyance tours.

teach 

IN-PERSON TUITION & ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Up to 50 persons per class, in groups of up to 5 persons.
In-person classes serving students aged 12 years and below allowed to resume from 11 October 2021. Online classes encouraged.

^ An individual is considered vaccinated if he/ she has been: a) fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective, and had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s national IT systems ; b) recovered from COVID-19 within the last 270 days, or c) has obtained a negative result on a pre-event test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event.

Please refer to the First Schedule of the Infectious Diseases (Mass Gathering Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Regulations 2021) for the most updated information on the vaccination regimens and approved vaccines recognised for eligibility for vaccination-differentiated SMMs.

^^ Under VDS, children aged 12 years and below, recovered individuals, and unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative pre-event test (PET) result can be included in the group of 5.
- If there is more than one child aged 12 years and below in the group of 5 persons, all children must be from the same household. An individual aged more than 12 years may sit together with a child from a different household.
- For large-scale events, the number of children is capped at 20% of the actual event size.

* Cap on visitors does not apply to grandchildren being cared for by grandparents.

# From 1 January 2022, the concession for unvaccinated individuals to perform PET in lieu of being fully vaccinated will be removed. Only fully vaccinated, recovered, or medically ineligible individuals, or children aged 12 years and below (subject to venue/event specific caps) will be allowed to enter settings where VDS is implemented.

Read the Press Release

FAQ: All Safe Management Measures

Updated 21 November 2021

Towards a COVID-19 Resilient Singapore
Even as we resume our transition towards living with COVID-19, we need to do so in a careful and controlled manner. We seek everyone’s cooperation to exercise social responsibility and cooperate with the SMMs which have been put in place. If you are offered a vaccination or booster dose, please also come forward and get vaccinated. These will ensure the current situation continues to remain stable, and allow us to progressively resume our social and economic activities.

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[Updated 21 Nov] Vaccinated-differentiated Safe Management Measures (SMMs)


I am an unvaccinated individual attending a small event (e.g. marriage solemnisation, religious gathering, etc.) where Pre-Event Testing (PET)/ vaccination-differentiation measures are not required. If the event is in a shopping mall, how will I be affected by the expansion of vaccine-differentiated safe management measures to shopping malls?

  • If you need to get to the event by entering a shopping mall, you will have to undergo verification checks to show your eligibility for vaccine-differentiated safe management measures. This is no different from other shoppers or visitors who wish to enter the shopping mall. Unvaccinated individuals who wish to visit or enter a shopping mall would be required to undergo PET from a MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider listed here and show a valid negative test result.* (Please note that children aged 12 years and under and individuals who have recovered from COVID within the last 270 days do not need to be vaccinated or to go through PET).

*This concession will be removed starting from 1 Jan 2022 onwards.


When will the vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (SMMs) for vaccinated individuals be implemented? Why is there a need to differentiate the measures in the first place?

  • The differentiated SMMs for vaccinated individuals has been implemented since 10 August 2021. We have eased measures for those who are fully vaccinated, because they have good protection against the infection and are at lower risk of becoming dangerously ill if infected with COVID-19.  Therefore, there is no need to have such strict measures applied to a vaccinated person or groups of vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated individuals would need to be more prudent in interacting with larger groups of people, which are higher risk. Hence stricter measures are applied to them.
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below, who are not eligible for the current vaccinations under the National Vaccination Programme, are exempted from vaccination and testing requirements. However, accompanying parent(s) should ensure that the children comply with other SMMs as children remain vulnerable to potential infection. 


Why are unvaccinated individuals not allowed to enter shopping malls and attractions, on top of dining-in in F&B outlets and participating in indoor high-intensity mask-off activities?

  • In general, fully-vaccinated individuals have good protection against severe illness, and are also less likely to infect others as compared to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals will however need to exercise tighter safe management measures to protect themselves and those around them.
  • Epidemiological investigations have identified food and beverage (F&B) settings, retail establishments, and shopping centres as common transmission settings frequently visited by a significant proportion of COVID-19 positive cases. Hence, we will be expanding the coverage of vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) for entry into shopping malls, attractions, hawker centres, and coffee shops from 13 October 2021.
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated may however, take part in these activities if they have tested negative on a valid pre-event test within the past 24 hours covering the duration of the event. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below will also be exempted from the vaccination-differentiated SMMs.
  • The following exception will be granted for unvaccinated persons to access the following services within malls, on the basis that such services are critical to individuals and families, and alternatives may not be easily available:

1. Childcare-related services. Unvaccinated individuals who need to drop off young children at pre-schools and childcare centres may do so if they are able to provide a valid certification letter issued by the preschool/ childcare centre.
 
2. Medical related services. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated persons will be allowed to go to clinics within malls to access medical services, provided they provide proof of their appointment (via SMS, email or hardcopy letters). These medical services will also include dental services and licenced TCM practitioners.
 
Malls will be given the flexibility and discretion to cater to exigencies or compassionate reasons, such as allowing unvaccinated persons to accompany persons with disabilities to enter malls.


What are the details of vaccination-differentiated SMMs?

  • Please refer to the info sheet here.


[Updated 9 Nov] Who are considered medically ineligible to receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines under the National Vaccination Programme (NVP)?

Only the following persons are certified to be medically ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccines under the National Vaccination Programme (NVP):

a) Persons aged 18 years (based on date of birth) and above who were unable to complete the vaccination regime due to allergies or a previous severe adverse reaction to all NVP vaccines, that currently includes both of the following: (1) any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and (2) Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine; or
b) Persons below 18 years of age who were unable to complete the vaccination regime due to allergies or a previous severe adverse reaction to a previous dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine; or 
c)    Persons with/ under the following condition(s)/ treatment: 
         - Transplant within past 3 months; and/or
         - Aggressive immunotherapy; and/or
         - Active cancer on treatment.

(The above condition or treatment is time-limited and the medical ineligibility status will expire upon reaching the date indicated by the certifying doctor. The person may be further reviewed by their doctors as necessary.)


[Updated 9 Nov] 
From 1 December 2021, if I am medically ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccines under the  National Vaccination Programme (NVP), what document(s) do I need to show to be eligible for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS)?

  • From 15 November 2021, you may go back to the General Practitioner (GP) clinic, public or private healthcare institutions that diagnosed the allergy/ severe adverse reaction to get the certification or visit any GP clinic, public or private healthcare institutions requesting to be certified as medically ineligible, subject to meeting the criteria above.  You will be issued a standard doctor-certified memo which you can present along with a government-issued photo identification card to enter venues and participate in activities where VDS are implemented, taking effect from 1 December 2021. Sample of the memo can be found in Annex B of https://go.gov.sg/vdsmminfo.
  • If you have specified medical conditions (transplant within last three months, on aggressive immunotherapy and active cancer treatment), we strongly recommend that you avoid places where you will be close contact with others or where the risk of exposure to infection is high. You  are extremely vulnerable to severe adverse outcome if you get infected with COVID-19.  For your protection and safety, please discuss with your doctor when you would be able to get vaccinated.
  • To facilitate eligibility checks for VDS, TraceTogether and HealthHub app will be enhanced to display that you are “Exempted from Vaccination”. This will be available from early December 2021 for individuals who have been certified by their doctors as medically ineligible for vaccinations under NVP.

[Updated 21 Nov] General Safe Management Measures

Is carpooling allowed?

  • Carpooling trips are permitted, subject to the prevailing cap on social gathering size of up to 5 persons. More than 5 persons may travel together in the same car if they are members of the same household (same address on NRIC).


What if I go to the supermarket/convenience/F&B shop and there are too many people inside or in the queue for me to practise one-metre safe distancing?

  • Please follow the instructions of the supermarket/shop staff on where and how to queue. Alternatively, you may wish to go to an alternate supermarket/shop if possible, or return to the store later when it is not so crowded.


What if someone outside my group comes close to me, less than one metre distance, in public spaces? Will enforcement action be taken against me?

  • Members of public are required to keep a distance of at least one metre from other individuals or groups (according to the prevailing permissible group size) in public places (excluding in vehicles or public transport facilities).
  • Enforcement officers will assess the facts of each case carefully, including whether there are reasonable explanations for any compliance. We will not hesitate to take action against egregious breaches.


How will the Government check and enforce these measures? What are the penalties for individuals who flout the rules? Who can serve these enforcement penalties?

  • These measures have been provided with the force of law under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, and are enforceable across sectors and against individuals and businesses. This will be enforced strictly, for the protection of everyone.
  • Enforcement officers will be on the ground, and egregious breaking of these rules will lead to enforcement action under the Infectious Disease Act or the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. The penalties for breaches are imprisonment for up to a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both, and (for a second offence under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act) up to a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding $20,000 or both.


There have been cases where frauds were acting as Safe Distancing Ambassadors. How do I verify if the enforcement officer is indeed appointed by the Government? Will I be expected to make payment for any penalties upfront?

  • Safe-Distancing Ambassadors are deployed by various government agencies to help and guide businesses and individuals to comply with the safe distancing measures. They do not impose fines.
  • Enforcement Officers will not collect fines on the spot, from individuals and businesses who have contravened these rules. The penalties for breaches will be issued to individuals or businesses in the form of composition letters which will state the relevant follow up actions required.

[Updated 21 Nov] Household Activity and Care-Giving Arrangements

[Updated 21 Nov] household consists of more than 5 people. Can we all go out together, since we are from the same household?

  • The cap on social gathering size of 5 is meant to minimise interaction and the risk of transmission across different households, but we seek your understanding that it is not possible to easily tell in a public setting if a group of more than 5 is from the same household or from more than one household. 
  • So more than 5 individuals from the same household (same NRIC address) may choose to go out together, but your household needs to observe the prevailing group size limits in public settings and venues, i.e. if there are more than 5 persons, please maintain at least 1m distancing in groups of no more than 5 persons. For example, a family of 6 people who live together can go to the park together, but have to divide into 2 groups of 3 people, or a group of 4 and 2, 1m apart. 

[Updated 21 Nov] From 10 November, can my household of more than 5 persons sit together at the same table in a restaurant/ hawker centre/ coffeeshop?  

From 22 November 2021, up to 5 fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to dine in together at F&B establishments, as these settings are able to administer comprehensive VDS checks. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below may be included within the group of 5 persons. As previously announced, medically ineligible persons may also be included within such groups of 5 persons from 1 December 2021. Nevertheless, we continue to caution medically ineligible persons of their susceptibility to severe illness if infected with COVID-19. and urge them to be careful despite such a concession. 

As it is more challenging for hawker centres and coffee shops to conduct comprehensive VDS checks, such groups of up to 5 persons will only be allowed to dine-in at Hawker centres and coffee shops where full VDS checks have been implemented. The initial batch of hawker centres and coffee shops that are ready will start such checks from 23 November 2021, and more will do so when ready with access control and systems to perform vaccination checks at entry points. Otherwise, dining-in at hawker centres and coffee shops without full VDS checks will remain at groups of up to 2 fully vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated individuals are not allowed to dine-in and may continue to only take-away food from these establishments.

Dining-in remains a high-risk activity because many people will be unmasked and in close proximity with each other. Thus, diners are reminded to adhere to all safe management measures and keep their masks on at all times except when eating or drinking.

[Updated 21 Nov] Can I organise my own gathering in a group of 5 with F&B involved? Will vaccination be required? 

Social gatherings may take place in groups of up to 5 people in public places. Homes may also receive up to 2 unique visitors per day. Whilst eating and drinking in these groups is not prohibited, you are strongly advised to minimise the number and size of such gatherings, because mask-off activities are higher risk. As far as possible, you should also accept only visitors who are vaccinated, so as to protect those who are unvaccinated from exposure to the virus. Unvaccinated individuals should also exercise caution and protect themselves by reducing their movement and staying at home as much as possible. In addition, visitors to households that have an unvaccinated person or vulnerable elderly are strongly encouraged to test themselves prior to the visit to ensure that they do not unwittingly transmit COVID-19 to those who are vulnerable.  

Individuals are also advised to avoid eating takeaway food in public or common areas, especially in high-traffic, crowded areas.

My parents usually come over to help me with caring for my children on weekdays. Can they do so?
  • Grandparents may go over to help with child-caring arrangements, however, they will contribute to the prevailing permissible visitor cap to a household per day.
  • Families who are relying on grandparents for childcare on a daily basis are advised to take the necessary safe distancing precautions to protect the grandparents. Observe personal hygiene and try to reduce interaction time as far as possible when visiting. Do not visit if you are unwell.
  • Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

My siblings and I drop our children off at their grandparents’ house on weekdays. Will this be allowed?

  • Grandchildren being cared for by their grandparents on a daily basis would not be counted towards the prevailing permissible visitor cap per household, or to the number of social gatherings per day.
  • Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

I am divorced and my children take turns to live with me and my ex-spouse. Can this arrangement continue?

  • Yes, this is allowed.

I am planning to relocate to a new place of residence. Am I allowed to engage more than 2 movers from a moving company to help me to shift my furniture and belongings?

  • Yes. If you are relocating from one place of residence to another, more than 2 workers from a moving company are allowed to enter your home, to support the relocation of furniture and belongings from the old to the new residential address.

[Updated 21 Nov] Running Errands, Social Activities and Gatherings


[Updated 21 Nov] What is the prevailing permissible group size for social activities?

  • The cap on social gathering size for social activities, or number of visitors to households per day is currently 5 persons, regardless of vaccination status. 

[Updated 21 Nov] What is the permissible group size in gyms and fitness studios?

  • For mask-on activities and classes held indoors in gyms and fitness studios:  Groups are allowed of up to 5 persons, in classes of up to 50 persons, including the instructor.  This is irrespective of vaccination or test status of these persons*.
  • For high-intensity mask-off physical activities and classes held indoors in gyms and fitness studios:  Groups of up to 5 persons are allowed, in classes up to 30 persons, provided all individuals in the class are fully vaccinated. 
  • In general, class sizes are subject to the limits indicated above or the venue's capacity limit, whichever is lower. Please refer to Sport Singapore’s website for details. In-person classes serving students aged 12 years and below will be allowed to resume from 11 October 2021.

*After 1 Jan 2022, the concession for unvaccinated individuals to perform PET in lieu of being fully vaccinated will be removed.

[Updated 21 Nov] have a weekly get-together (e.g. high tea, mahjong, movie screening) with my close group of friends. Can we do this?

  • Social gatherings of up to any 5 persons can take place. These persons do not need to be from the same household. If gathering is at the home of one of the persons, the home may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day (i.e. up to 5 persons). These visitors are not restricted to having to come from the same household. As far as possible, we should also accept only visitors who are vaccinated, so as to protect those who are unvaccinated from exposure to the virus. Unvaccinated individuals should also exercise caution and protect themselves by reducing their movement and staying at home as much as possible. In addition, visitors to households that have an unvaccinated person or vulnerable elderly are strongly encouraged to test themselves prior to the visit to ensure that they do not unwittingly transmit COVID-19 to those who are vulnerable. 
  • Individuals should limit their overall number of social gatherings to not more than 1 per day and keep their number of contacts small, preferably limited to a regular circle of close contacts. If accepting visitors, keep them preferably to family members or very close friends, and remind them not to visit if they are not feeling well.
  • If you and your friends are visiting shopping malls and/or attractions, all individuals within the group of up to 5 persons will need to be fully vaccinated.  Please refer to the above section on "Vaccinated-differentiated Safe Management Measures" for more information.  

[Updated 21 Nov] Can I organise an outdoor taichi / yoga session with my friends in the park for more than 5 persons, as long as we keep in groups of 5?

  • Social gatherings including for exercise must not exceed 5 persons. The safe distancing measures are put in place to minimise interactions to prevent transmission. In line with the intent, social gatherings of more than the prevailing permissible group size should not take place.
  • Outdoor exercise classes organised by enterprises such as a registered instructor can take place with up to 50 persons (inclusive of instructor) in groups of no more than 5 persons. Groups should be spaced at least 2 metres apart. There should be no intermingling between groups. Please refer to Sport Singapore’s website for details.

Home-Based Services

[Updated 21 Nov] Can I allow people offering home-based services into my home? For example:

  • repairman to fix water pipes/electricity/cable/air-conditioning issues;
  • part-time cleaner / gardener
  • day-time nanny caring for my child?
  • can they visit more than 2 households per day?

  • Home-based services will be allowed to operate. They will count as part of the 5-persons cap on visitors per day. Service providers are required to wear masks and maintain a one metre distance. For example, if your part-time cleaner is coming to clean your house, you can only receive 4 more visitor to your home within the day.
  • Limiting visits to 1 household per day applies to social visits, and does not apply to those who need to visit multiple households in the course of business or employment. For example, if you are a repairman, you may visit more than 1 household for your work every day.
  • Using renovations works as an example, only 5 workers would be allowed into the house for the whole day, with no other visitors allowed in that day. If the house is vacant with no residents, there is no limit to the number of workers allowed into the house, subject to them being able to maintain safe distancing.
  • For renovation contractors, the limit of visiting more than 1 household per day does not apply to those who need to visit different households in the course of their business or employment.
  • Specific requirements apply for providers of private tuition and enrichment; please visit MOE’s website at https://moe.gov.sg/faqs-covid-19-infection for details on home-based tuition.

Can I receive visitors to my home if I provide home-based services, e.g. hairdressing services, tuition classes?

  • Home-based services such as hairdressing services and tuition classes will be allowed to operate. Like any other homes, these homes offering services may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day. Service providers and visitors should wear masks and maintain a one metre distancing. For example, if you are a hairdresser offering hairdressing services at your home, you may only receive up to 5 customers per day (if you have no other visitors to your household that day).

Are door-to-door promotions allowed during this stabilisation period from 27 September 2021?
Yes. However, promoters should keep their interactions with residents brief. We advise salespersons to minimise the numbers involved in conducting such door-to-door promotions.

If the promoter enters the residents house, they will be counted towards the household’s visitor cap for the day. 

Weddings and Solemnisations

What is allowed for weddings and solemnisations?

  • Please refer to the safe management measures and FAQs for marriage solemnisations and wedding receptions here.

Funerals and Wakes

What is allowed for funerals and wakes?

  • Wakes and funerals may be held at venues that are open to the public or for booking, including funeral parlours, places of worship and HDB void decks. Live instrumental music (except wind) may also be performed. Up to 30 persons may be present at any one time, excluding religious and supporting workers as well as any music performers which must be kept to a minimum, subject to the venue’s capacity limits based on safe management principles.

Personal Well-being


I am experiencing high levels of stress during this period. Where can I seek help or respite?

  • Those with general anxiety or stress may call the National CARE Hotline (Tel: 6202-6868) for support.
  • Those experiencing marital or parenting stress may wish to contact CPH Online Counselling at www.cphonlinecounselling.sg
  • Live chat: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
  • Email: Anytime, counsellor will respond within 3 working days

Business and Commercial Entities

What are the Safe Management requirements for my company?


How do I know if my business is a permitted service?

  • You may refer to the list of permitted services and FAQs on the https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg website.
  • You may also call the Enterprise Infoline at 6898-1800 from 8am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday).


What if my employer operates a non-permitted service but insists that I continue working on-site?


What advice does MOH generally have for permitted enterprise workers who have to move around the island a lot?

  • Reduce mixing with others wherever possible, and proceed directly from point to point without stopping or dawdling. Workers who are operating outside their home are required to wear a mask at all times.


What is TraceTogether-only SafeEntry?

  • SafeEntry is the national digital check-in system that logs the NRIC/FINs and contact information of individuals visiting workplaces of permitted enterprises, as well as selected public venues for contact tracing purposes. TraceTogether-only SafeEntry calls for the use of TraceTogether App or Token to perform SafeEntry check-in.  The combined use of these digital tools helps to improve the speed and efficiency of contract tracing. For more information on SafeEntry, please visit https://safeentry.gov.sg/ if you have questions about SafeEntry.

Vaccinate or Regular Test Regime

What is the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime? What are the sectors of the workforce that are required to be under this regime?    

  • From 1 October 2021, selected sectors of workforce will require vaccination or regular testing in lieu. Unvaccinated workers will have to be tested with an ART kit twice a week. For the small group that remains medically ineligible for the mRNA vaccines, the Government will subsidise their tests. 

    This “Vaccinate or Regular Test” (VoRT) regime serves to pick up possible infections early so that they can be treated early. This will also mitigate risk of transmission to their colleagues and the public.

The following sectors and their workers will be covered in this regime:
1)    Healthcare e.g. public and private hospitals, Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics, allied health services
2)    Eldercare e.g. nursing homes, senior care centres, residential facilities
3)    Settings with children 12 years and below e.g. preschools, early intervention centres, student care centres, schools, tuition and enrichment centres
4)    Public Service, including the uniformed services 
5)    Border front-line workers, e.g. workers at air, land, and sea checkpoints, Marine & Process workers 
6)    COVID-19 front-line workers, e.g. workers at community care facilities, government quarantine facilities, patient transporters, swabbers 
7)    Construction and Process Construction & Maintenance 
8)    Food Services, e.g. wait staff, kitchen staff 
9)    Gyms and fitness studios, e.g. instructors and trainers, receptionists 
10)    Personal care services with prolonged close contact between individuals, e.g. spa, massage, and facial therapists, hairdressers, make-up artists 
11)    Retail malls and large standalone stores 
12)    Supermarkets 
13)    Arts classes, e.g. dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) classes 
14)    Pivoted bars, nightclubs, discotheques and karaoke establishments that are allowed to re-open 
15)    Markets, e.g. stallholders and assistants 
16)    Last-mile delivery personnel, including parcel and food delivery personnel 
17)    Cleaners in sectors listed above, and those offering disinfection services 
18)    Public and private transport workers, e.g. public bus captains, front-line staff at public transport nodes, taxi and private hire car drivers, driving school/private driving instructors

When does the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime take effect from?  

  • The “Vaccinate or Regular Test” requirement will take effect from 1 October 2021. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all employers to facilitate vaccination for your employees. A fully vaccinated workforce ensures a safe workplace and safe environment for everyone.

Who pays for the “Vaccinate or Regular Test”?    

  • For workers from the selected sectors who are medically eligible, but choose not to be vaccinated, they or their employer will have to pay for the tests. The costs of these tests can be avoided if the worker is fully vaccinated before 1 Oct 2021. For persons who are medically ineligible to receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and are required to undergo the regular tests, the Government will support the cost of the test kits required.

Can my organisation participate in the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime?  

  • Organisations may choose to voluntarily implement the regime for their workforce at own cost. 

How does the Vaccinate or Regular Test (VoRT) regime apply to those who are currently on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Fast and Easy Test (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)?  

  • The regular test requirement for unvaccinated workers is an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) to be done twice a week. For workers who are undergoing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Fast and Easy Testing (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT), their PCR or FET test taken under the RRT regimes will count towards the VoRT requirement to be tested twice a week. The table below summarises the VoRT test requirement for unvaccinated workers.
Existing RRT regimeNo. of additional ART tests needed for the unvaccinated workers who are currently on RRTandVoRTRecommended schedule

Funding of test kits for workers who are currently on PCR RRT or FET RRTandVoRT

7-day PCR RRT1 ART every 14 days(Recommended schedule: D3, D7 or D1, D4)

The PCR RRT tests (up till the basic regime of the vaccinated worker) will be funded by the Government. There is currently no vaccination-differentiation for the frequency of RRT, hence all PCR RRT tests are fully funded for both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers.


Only the additional ART tests for the medically ineligible under VoRT will be funded by the Government.

14-day PCR RRT3 ART every 14 days

(Recommended schedule:

D3, D7, D11 ART)

7-day FET RRT1 ART every 14 days(Recommended schedule: D3, D7 or D1, D4)

The FET RRT tests (up till the basic regime of the vaccinated worker) will be funded. There is currently no vaccination-differentiation for the frequency of RRT, hence all PCR RRT tests are fully funded for both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers.

Only the additional ART tests for the medically ineligible under VoRT will be funded by the Government.

Can I apply for the workplace ART kit distribution and use the 8 kits provided per on-site employee to fulfil the VoRT requirement of twice-weekly testing for unvaccinated workers?  

  • Employees may make use of the 8 free kits per on-site employee to fulfil their VoRT requirement. Once they have used up their free 8 kits, they will then need to self-fund the required kits under VoRT for the subsequent months.

    Companies that apply for the workplace ART kit distribution will need to subject all (and not just a sub-set) of on-site employees to weekly testing for 8 weeks. 

    More details of the workplace ART kit distribution will be released shortly. 

Visiting at Hospitals

What is the visitation policy at hospitals?

  • In-person visits at all hospital wards are suspended until 21 November 2021 (inclusive). This will protect healthcare capacity and vulnerable seniors.
  • The following patient groups will be allowed visitors on a conditional and case-by-case basis as assessed by the hospital:

a. Patients who are in critical condition

b. Paediatric patients

c. Birthing/post-partum mothers and

d. Patients requiring additional care support from caregivers. Examples include inpatients who have mental incapacities and family members who are undergoing caregiver training to better care for their loved ones after hospital discharge.

  • The above patient groups will be allowed only one pre-designated visitor, with one visit per day
  • Patients who are in critical condition may be allowed up to five pre-designated visitors, with a maximum of two visitors at the patient’s bedside at any one time.
  • All visitors to hospital wards during this period will need to produce a valid negative antigen rapid test (ART) result obtained within the last 24 hours of each visit, as administered or supervised by MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers (including tests performed at Quick Test Centres). This is a mandatory requirement for all visitors regardless of vaccination status, except for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and are able to present a valid Pre-Event Test (PET) exemption notice.
  • All visitors approved to enter hospital wards must don face masks with good filtration capability at all times. These include surgical masks and reusable masks that are made of two layers of fabrics. Visitors are reminded not to eat or drink in the hospital wards, or use the patients’ toilets in the wards. They should also avoid sitting on patients’ beds.


Where can I get my pre-visit COVID-19 testing done?


  • Pre-visit COVID-19 testing can be done at any MOH-approved ART provider. Please refer to go.gov.sg/swabproviders for the updated list of MOH-approved providers. Visitors should contact the clinic to confirm that they provide self-paid ART tests before visiting the clinic. 
  • From 1 October 2021, visitors may book an appointment to undergo the pre-visit test at the Quick Test Centres (QTCs). Tests at the Quick Test Centres for hospital visitors are by appointment only, walk-ins are not accepted. The date and time of the appointment slot will be dependent on the daily availability of slots at the respective QTCs. Payment will be collected on-site at the QTCs. We will provide more information on the appointment booking process in due course.
  • Under exceptional and time sensitive situations, such as visiting patients with sudden life-threatening conditions, unexpected child birth/delivery etc.) hospitals may exercise discretion on a case by case basis and conduct on-site testing for visitors.


Are ART self-test (unsupervised) results accepted for visitor testing? 

  • No, for the purpose of visitor testing in healthcare institutions, ART self-test results would not be accepted.


Can I eat at the ward during visitation hours?

  • You are to keep your mask on at all times and are not allowed to consume food or drinks in the wards. For hygiene reasons, you should also refrain from sitting on patients’ beds and using patients’ toilets.


Who will pay for my visitation swab?

  • MOH will cover the cost of pre-visit test done on-site at hospitals for vaccinated visitors. Vaccinated visitors can still choose to do the pre-visit test off-site at MOH-approved COVID 19 test providers and Quick Test Centres, but these will not be covered by MOH. MOH will also fund the ART tests for partially vaccinated visitors up to 30 Sep 2021.
  • For unvaccinated visitors, the cost of pre-visit COVID-19 tests prior to visiting the hospitals wards will be self-borne.


Can I make multiple visits with 1 swab?

  • Yes, provided the durations of the visits are within the 24 hours from the time of the ART test was done. All visitations have to adhere to hospitals’ visitation policy.


Others

How long will this Transition Phase last for? How long will Vaccination-differentiated Safe Management Measures be implemented for?

  • The current transition phase started on 22 November 2021. MOH will continue to review the measures will be and adjust based on the evolving community situation.

Travel Advisory

Updated 26 Nov 2021

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Latest Travel Advisory (as of 26 Nov 21)

All residents of Singapore are advised to defer all travel to higher risk countries/regions, that include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe until further notice.

To-date, we have launched Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. We will also be launching VTLs with India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Finland and Sweden from 29 November 2021, and Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from 6 December 2021.Travellers under the VTLs are not subject to Stay-Home Notice (SHN) on arrival. Instead, they will be required to produce a negative pre-departure test taken within two days prior to departure and undergo an on-arrival Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. 

Residents of Singapore who are fully vaccinated[1] with vaccines authorised under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) or the World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO-EUL) may travel overseas to other countries/regions not mentioned above (e.g. Brunei or Germany via the Vaccinated Travel Lane).

Residents of Singapore who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are advised to defer all forms of travel overseas except for the following reasons:

a) Any travel to Category I countries/regions;

b) If they are pursuing academic studies or professional qualifications overseas, for courses or examinations which require physical presence in the foreign educational institution[2];

c) If they are taking on or returning to employment overseas, for employment opportunities which require physical presence overseas[3];

d) For essential travel for business, official and work purposes under Green/Fast Lane arrangements and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement;

e) For compassionate reasons (e.g. due to death of / critically ill family member);

f) To seek medical treatment which cannot be reasonably received in Singapore; or

g) To return to country of residence to attend to, or after attending to, legal/contractual obligations.

All travellers are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by the countries/regions they intend to travel to. When overseas, all travellers should take all necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor local developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.

All travellers will be subject to the prevailing border measures upon entry to Singapore, including payment for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities and tests, where applicable.  All Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs), and Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) will be able to tap on regular healthcare financing arrangements for their COVID-19 treatment should they have onset of symptoms within 14 days of their return to Singapore and require hospital admission for suspected COVID-19 infection – SCs and PRs may access Government subsidies, and MediShield Life (MSHL) / Integrated Shield Plan (IP) coverage; LTPHs may tap on their usual financing arrangements, such as private insurance.

As Singapore’s measures will evolve as the global situation changes, we encourage everyone to check the SafeTravel website for the latest updates.

1 Fully vaccinated individuals would have received both doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks after the second dose for optimal protection. 
2 Students enrolled in local educational institutions may travel overseas to complete a compulsory course component or examination that cannot be completed locally. Students below the age of 18 may be accompanied by an adult. Mature students may travel overseas with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their studies.
3 Residents of Singapore traveling to take on or return to employment overseas may travel with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their employment.

Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has re-activated the Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) to focus our primary care efforts to better detect and manage COVID-19 infections. Please click here for more information from the press release.


From 18 February, the PHPCs, as well as polyclinics, will provide special subsidies for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents diagnosed with respiratory illnesses (e.g. common cold). Please click here to find a PHPC located near you.


You may also refer to this link for the FAQs on the PHPC Scheme.