• Quarantine Order
  • Stay-Home Notice
  • Leave of Absence
  • Home Recovery

Quarantine Order

You are issued a Quarantine Order (QO) if you are, or suspected to be, a carrier of the COVID-19 virus. You may also be issued a QO if you had close contact with a COVID-19 case.

By issuing you a QO, MOH aims to isolate you from the community, so as to prevent the virus from spreading to others.

A QO is a legal order issued under the Infectious Diseases Act. It carries legal force and will come with severe penalties should you choose not to comply.

What to do when you are issued a QO

Follow the instructions and proceed to serve your QO for the duration specified.

Where to serve your QO

Your QO is served out at home, at a dedicated Government Quarantine Facility (GQF) or at a hospital. The exact location will be based on MOH’s assessment of your contact history, state of health, and suitability of your home.

If your household members are not issued QOs, you will automatically be conveyed to a Government Quarantine Facility (GQF). This is to prevent others from coming into contact with you, thereby reducing the risk of transmission. Exceptions may apply, e.g. if your household member is your caregiver.

Mandatory swab tests during quarantine

You will be tested for COVID-19 during your quarantine period.

Typically, an entry swab test will be performed at the start of your quarantine period to determine whether you are infected. An exit swab test will also be performed towards the end of the period, so as to ensure you is of no risk to the public’s health.

The swab tests are arranged by appointments only, and are conducted at designated testing sites. Two-way transportation will be provided.

After each test, you will be receive the test results within 1 – 4 days via SMS. If you have a SingPass account, you can also check the results by logging in to their HealthHub page.

Quarantine Order Allowance

The Quarantine Order Allowance (QOA) is set up to mitigate the financial impact on those who have been served QOs.

When you have completed your QO without any breaches, you can apply for claims of $100 a day. This applies if you are a self-employed Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident.

Singapore-registered companies whose employees (Singaporean Citizens, Permanent Residents or Workpass Holders only) are served QOs can also apply for QOA.

Approved caregivers of a person under quarantine can also apply for QOA, subject to eligibility.

QOA does not apply you are a S Pass or Work Permit Holder who began your QO on or after 1 April 2020, regardless of when the QO ends. This is in view of the levy rebate and waiver of levies. Foreign domestic workers are also not eligible.

Please refer here for the Quarantine Allowance Scheme form, or approach a QO agent for queries.

Click here for QOA related FAQs.

Click here for the eight steps you need to do when being notified that you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How am I being monitored when I’m quarantined at home?

If individual are issued quarantine orders together with all other household members, they will serve their quarantine orders at home, unless the premises are deemed unsuitable.

Individuals under quarantine will be monitored by video calls or the QO App (HOMER) at least three times a day.

Spot checks will be carried out to ensure that they strictly adhere to the conditions under the Isolation / Quarantine Order (QO) during the period specified. If they are found to be non-compliant, the Director of Medical Services may require them to wear an electronic tag or order that they be detained and isolated in a hospital or in any other suitable place. It is an offence if they do not comply with the conditions listed in accordance with the QO.

Can I go out for urgent matters? What happens if I break quarantine?

Persons under quarantine must not leave their designated location for any reason. Should they require assistance for daily needs, they should arrange with their relatives / friends to purchase groceries and assist in their daily needs whenever necessary. If they urgently need to leave their place of isolation / their home for matters needing personal attention which cannot be postponed, they must first seek the permission of the Quarantine Order (QO) Agent.

Spot checks will be carried out to ensure that they strictly adhere to the conditions under the Isolation / Quarantine Order during the period specified. If they are found to be non-compliant, the Director of Medical Services may require them to wear an electronic tag or order that they be detained and isolated in a hospital or in any other suitable place. It is an offence if they do not comply with the conditions listed in accordance with the QO.

Will the quarantine period be considered my medical or hospitalisation leave?

Employees who are served a Quarantine Order (QO) will be deemed to be on paid sick leave. The period of absence from work would be treated as paid hospitalisation leave, as part of the employees’ hospitalisation leave eligibility under their employment contracts or agreements.

Will I be informed if my employee has been served a QO?

A Quarantine Order (QO) agent will get in touch with your employee if he/she has been issued a QO. Your employee should notify you that he/she has been issued a QO.

You can only apply for the Quarantine Order Allowance (QOA) after your employee has completed the quarantine. The person under quarantine will receive the QOA form at the end of the quarantine and pass it to the employer. This is to ensure that he/she has fully compiled with the QO, under the Infectious Disease Act. The employer can then submit the form to MOH for processing.

Please refer to this factsheet for more information.

Can unemployed persons under QO seek social and financial assistance?

If you are unemployed, but under a Quarantine Order (QO), and need social or financial assistance, please contact your QO agent for further assistance.

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Stay-Home Notice

You will be issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) if you are a traveller who is granted entry into Singapore. This is done as a precautionary measure to minimise the risk of additional imported COVID-19 cases.

What to do when you are issued a SHN

Follow the instructions and proceed to serve your SHN for the duration specified.

When serving your SHN, you are not allowed to leave your place of residence or SHN-Dedicated Facility (SDF). Click here for more details about SHN.

Mandatory swab test while serving SHN

You will be tested for COVID-19 near the end of your SHN period, so as to ensure that you are of no risk to the public’s health.

The swab test is arranged by appointment only, and is conducted at designated testing sites. To arrange transportation, please refer to the MOH Health Advisory for Persons Issued Stay-Home Notice.

After the test, you will receive the test results within 1 – 4 days via SMS. If you have a SingPass account, you can also check the results by logging in to their HealthHub page.



Leave of Absence

You may be asked to go on Leave of Absence (LOA) by public agencies as a precautionary measure.

We urge you to be socially responsible and comply with the LOA, so as to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19.

What to do when you are on LOA

While on LOA, you should remain in your residence as much as possible.

You should minimise social contact and monitor your health closely. Please seek medical attention immediately if you begin to feel unwell.

You may leave your residences for daily necessities or to attend important matters, but you must minimise the time spent in public spaces and contact with others.

You should also avoid crowded places and refrain from attending social or public gatherings.

While it is not necessary for you to be segregated from members in the same household, you are encouraged to reduce interaction and minimise contact with them.



Home Recovery

From 15 September 2021, Home Recovery has been the default care management model for COVID-19 patients who are medically stable and suitable.  Home Recovery enables COVID-19 patients to stay united with their families, which in turn allows family members to provide support for COVID-19 patients to recover within the comforts of their homes.  At the same time, hospital resources can be directed to those who need more intensive care.

Refer below for more: 

Who is eligible for home recovery?

The eligibility criteria for a patient to be on Home Recovery is as follows:
• Fully vaccinated
• Aged 12 – 69 years old
• No or mild symptoms
• Have no severe co-morbidities or illness 
• Household members should not include elderly (more than 80 years old) or individuals in the vulnerable group (e.g. pregnant individuals, with weakened immune response or with multiple comorbidities)
• Able to self-isolate in a room, preferably with an attached bathroom


What are the rules enforceable under the Isolation Order for Home Recovery?

In the Isolation Order issued to COVID-19 patients under the Infectious Diseases Act, patients will be required to wear a wristband tag to ensure they adhere to the stipulated movement restrictions and not to leave the designated room or the house (if they are staying alone) at all times during Home Recovery. It is an offence to breach the conditions of the Isolation Order.  First time offenders may be fined up to $10,000 or given 6 months’ imprisonment, or both. No visitors should be allowed in the place of isolation (i.e. home or specific room). Patients must not leave the home/room and must report and undergo medical examinations or treatment as directed.


How will the patient’s household members be affected?

COVID-19 patient will need to identify household members living at their place of residence to register for quarantine. This is to facilitate follow-up public health action under the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA).  

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Household members whom COVID-19 patient are of close contact with will be placed under Home Quarantine Order (HQO) and must follow the conditions which include requirement to adhere to the restrictions stated on their Quarantine Order and stay within the home at all times. During their HQO, they should not come into contact with others who are not on quarantine order to prevent the potential spread of the virus to the rest. 

For more information about HQO, please refer to this page

Managing daily necessities during home recovery

COVID-19 patients and household members should maintain a high level of personal hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap.  They should perform contactless transactions and ensure items are bagged securely to reduce exposure to others. This means food/ groceries will need to be delivered for the household.  

The household with Home Recovery patient should not receive visitors during this period as well.


Click here for more FAQs

Click here for the ten important steps you need to do when you test positive for COVID-19


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