Last Updated 24 Mar 2021

Pre-Event Testing (PET)

To enable selected activities to resume in a safe manner, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is implementing the use of PET as one of the measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Find out more about PET from the video, and stay tuned for more updates in April 2021.

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What is PET?

A “Pre-Event Test” refers to a COVID-19 test taken by an attendee or patron who wishes to enter a premise where certain events, businesses, or activities are being held. This attendee or patron must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within a specified period of time, before being allowed to enter the premise.

Why is PET Required?

PET reduces the risk of a COVID-19 positive case being present hence likelihood of an outbreak occurring at events, businesses, or activities. This allows more such activities to resume safely, in particular those with larger numbers of attendees.

Who is Exempted From PET?

From 24 April 2021, individuals who have completed the full vaccination regimen and have had time to develop sufficient protection (i.e. two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination) can gain entry to events that implement PET without the need to undergo PET.

Individuals that have recovered from a COVID-19 infection may be exempted from PET. More details will be released at a later date.

Which COVID-19 Test Should I Take for PET?

You are encouraged to take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) instead of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Apart from being more affordable, ART’s quicker turnaround time gives you assurance that your visit to the premise of the event, business, or activity can be covered by the validity period of the test. The time from swab registration to notification of results is around 30 minutes for ART and up to 48 hours for PCR test.

When Should I Get Tested?

The validity of your COVID-19 test result is 24 hours from the time you were registered in-person at the testing premise. As long as the result is still valid, you may enter and stay in the premise of the event, business, or activity. Hence, you must get tested:

(a) Before the start of your visit to the event, business, or activity; and
(b) At most 24 hours before the end of your event, business, or activity.

Worked Examples for when an attendee/patron should be tested

Where Can I Take The ART or PCR Test?

MOH will release the details in early April 2021.

What Are The Events That Require PET?

For Non-Wedding Events

ActivityMaximum no. of attendees
(Without PET)
Maximum no. of attendees
(With PET)
MICE including consumer tradeshows250

Live performances (seated audience), Pilot spectator sports event

For Weddings


Maximum no. of attendees, including bride and groom
(Without PET)

Maximum no. of attendees, including bride and groom
(With PET)

Solemnisation only


PET required only for bride and groom who are unvaccinated

Solemnisation combined with wedding reception*


PET required for all unvaccinated attendees

Wedding reception only
*Wedding couples need not have the same number of attendees for both their solemnisations and receptions, e.g. they can have a solemnisation with 250 persons and a wedding reception with 100 persons and be subject to the pre-event testing requirements for the respective categories