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.

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What Should I Know?

Last Updated 22 Jul 21

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Section 1: General Information on PET (Updated 22 Jul 2021)

Q1What is PET?
 

A “Pre-Event Test” refers to a COVID-19 test taken by an attendee or patron who wishes to enter a venue where selected events, businesses, or activities are being held. This attendee or patron must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result taken within a specified period of time, before being allowed to enter the venue or participate in the event, business, or activity.

Q2Why is PET required?
 

PET helps to reduce the risk of individuals infected with COVID-19 from transmitting the virus to other people at the event, and hence reduces the likelihood of an outbreak occurring at events, businesses, or activities. This allows more of such activities to resume safely, in particular, those with larger numbers of attendees or patrons.

Q3Who is exempted from PET? (Updated 22 Jul 21)
 

From 24 April 2021, individuals who have completed the full vaccination regimen in Singapore under the national vaccination program (i.e. using PSAR authorised vaccines) and have had sufficient time to develop sufficient protection (i.e. two weeks after he or she has received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine) can gain entry to events, businesses, or activities requiring mandatory PET without undergoing PET.

Individuals that have recovered from a COVID-19 infection may be exempted from PET. The validity of your exemption period will be 270 days from the date of your first PCR positive result. You will need to obtain a PET Exemption Notice from any clinic offering ART or PCR testing services before you can enter or remain in the venue of the event, business, or activity.

Please refer to Section 3: For Attendees/Patrons for more information.

Q4Which COVID-19 test should I take for the purpose of PET? (Updated 22 Jul 21)
 

There are 2 types of COVID-19 tests: an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

You are strongly encouraged to take an ART from a MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider.

ART’s quicker turnaround time gives you more assurance that your visit to the venues of the event, business, or activity can be covered by the remaining validity period of the test, after receiving the result.  For info, the time from swab registration to notification of results is typically around 30 minutes for ART, but take up to 48 hours for PCR tests.

Q5Where can I undergo ART testing?
 

Please click here for a list of MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers.

Q6When 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 attendance at the event, business, or activity.

Worked examples for when an attendee/patron should be tested
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Section 2: Events that require PET (Updated 22 Jul 21)

For Non-Wedding Events

TimelinePhase 2 HA
ActivityMax No. of Attendees
(PET not required)
 
Max No. of Attendees
(PET required for all attendees)*
MICE including consumer tradeshows50100
Live performance (seated audience), pilot spectator sport event50100
Worship Services
50100
Cinemas
50100
Spectator Sports50100

*If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to undergo PET.

For Wedding Events

TimelinePhase 2 HA
ActivityMax No. of Attendees
(PET not required)
 
Max No. of Attendees
(PET required for all attendees)*
Solemnisation only50100
Wedding ReceptionsUp to 100 persons: PET required for all attendees*

*If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to undergo PET.

Section 3: For Attendees/Patrons (Updated 22 Jul 21)

Q1I have received my COVID-19 vaccination. Can I be exempted from PET? (Updated 22 Jul 21)

You will be  exempted from PET if you have completed the full vaccination regimen in Singapore under the national vaccination program (i.e. using PSAR authorised vaccines) and have had sufficient time to develop sufficient protection (i.e. two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination).

From 24 April 2021, your vaccination status will be displayed in your TraceTogether (TT) and HealthHub application. You will need to bring along your mobile device with call or internet service, or updated TraceTogether (TT) app on the day of the event, business, or activity. If you do not have a mobile device, please bring along your working TraceTogether token.

Note: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 (i.e. within the past 270 days), you need to present your PET Exemption Notice, to be exempted from PET (see Question 2 below)

Q2I have recovered from COVID-19. Can I be exempted from PET? (Updated 22 Jul 21)
 

You will be exempted from PET if you have recovered from COVID-19. You are exempted from PET within 270 days from the date of your:

i) 1st positive PCR test obtained in Singapore; or
ii) 1st positive PCR test obtained overseas, provided that you have an accompanying positive Serology test result obtained in Singapore and proof of your PCR test results overseas.

If you meet the above criteria, you need to obtain a PET Exemption Notice from any clinic offering ART or PCR testing services.

- If you were only tested positive for COVID-19 overseas and not in Singapore, you will be required to present proof of your earliest overseas positive PCR test result.
- If you have not undergone a serology test before, you will be required to undergo one and be tested serology positive before a PET Exemption Notice can be issued.
- If you are tested serology negative, you will not be exempted from PET.

With the PET Exemption Notice, you will be allowed to enter or remain at the venue of the event, business or activity, as long as it is within the validity period specified in your Notice. (Click here for an example of the PET Exemption Notice).

Q3What must I bring with me when going to get tested?
 

An internet-enabled mobile device with SMS service OR your TraceTogether token.

AND your original Government-issued photo identification documents. (e.g. NRIC, employment pass, passport).

Q4Will the Government pay for PET?

PET costs are not covered by the Government.

Please check with the event organiser to enquire if PET costs are included in the admission price or will require additional payment from attendees.

Please click here to refer to the list of ART providers for indicative prices.

Q5What should I do if I'm found to be ART-positive or ART-invalid1?
 

You are required to seek a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate until you obtain a negative PCR result.

You may obtain a government funded confirmatory PCR test at any Swab-and-Send Home (SASH) GP clinic. You will be required to present a standard MOH referral note issued by the ART Test Provider.

Alternatively, the ART Test Provider may refer you to a Regional Swab Centre (RSC).

Key event attendees/patrons (e.g. wedding couple/speakers/emcees) may wish to get your ART conducted at these clinics. These clinics have access to rapid PCR testing facilities (with approximately 3 hours) in the event that you are tested ART-positive and require a confirmatory PCR test. Please take note that the cost of all rapid PCR tests are self-funded and will not be borne by the Government.

1 An 'ART-invalid' test result means that your sample(s) has been tested twice by an antigen test provider and in there was no conclusive finding in both instances as to whether the you tested positive or negative. Anyone who tests ART-invalid is subject to the same requirements as an someone who tests ART-positive.

Q6What should I do if I'm feeling unwell? (Updated 23 Jun 21)
 

Please seek advice from a medical professional first, and avoid attending events when unwell.

Please click here to download full FAQs for Attendees/Patrons.

Section 4: For Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises (Updated 23 Jun 21)

Q1I want to organise an event, business, or activity that requires PET. What do I have to do?
 4 Step Guide to PET

Q2Where do you wish for your attendees/patrons to be tested?

At any clinic providing ART:

Please direct your attendees/patrons to these clinics to get tested. Click here for a list of MOH-approved COVID-19 swab providers.

At the event venue:

Please contact a test provider to assess if the venue is suitable for ART to be conducted. Click here for a list of test providers.

If you would like to become a Test Provider, please refer to the Section 5: Test Provider for the requirements and steps.

Q3What are the documents required for attendees/patrons to enter or remain in the venue of my event, business, or activity? (Updated 23 Jun 21)
 

You must only allow attendees/patrons who can produce any one of the following documents to enter and remain in the venue:

a) COVID-19 Test Result Notice (ART): Negative ART result displayed on https://checker.covid-ops.gov.sg;
b) COVID-19 Test Result Notice (PCR): Negative PCR result displayed on a Notice issued by a General Practitioner (GP) clinic;
c) PRPP ART Result Slip: issued by a GP clinic;
d) PET Exemption Notice: issued by any clinics offering ART or PCR testing services; or
e) Check in Successful or Entry Restricted banner: displayed on the SafeEntry (Business) application upon scanning with TT App/Token.

Please note that the TT APP/Token must be scanned on the device running the SafeEntry (Business) application for verification. Merely showing the TT App screen on the attendee/patron's mobile device does not qualify as an acceptable document.

Please refer to Section 6: Resources for examples of these documentation.

All acceptable results and notices should be valid till the END of the attendee’s participation at the event/business/activity requiring PET.

Please click here to download the full Event Organiser/Relevant Enterprises’ Guide to PET for more information.

Section 5: For Test Providers (Updated 22 Jul 21)

Q1What are the recognised test kits for ART? (Updated 2 Jul)
 
Approved ART Test KitsRoute of Administration
BD Veritor™ System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2


Anterior Nasal, Nasopharyngeal



Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Test
Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test - SD Biosensor
Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device
Quidel Sofia SARS Antigen FIA Kit
Anterior Nasal

Q2What are the MOH-approved systems to use for registration and result submission?
 
SystemSetting
Patient Risk Profile Portal (PRPP) Within clinic premises
MOH ART FormSG (MAF)
Outside clinic premises (offsite premises), where most individuals are registered via walk-ins
HPB Swab Registration System (SRS)
Outside clinic premises (offsite premises), where most individuals are known in advance and nominal rolls can be uploaded into the system

Q3What should I do if the individual tests ART-positive or ART-invalid? (Updated 13 Jul)
 

Issue the standard MOH memo for ART-positive/ART-invalid persons; a sample can be found here.

Refer the individual to a Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) GP or Regional Screening Centre (RSC) for a confirmatory PCR test by filling in the Referral Note template; a sample can be found here.

If the test providers are unable to issue the standard MOH ART-positive/ART-invalid memo to the individual (or their parents/guardians/caregivers) for any reasons, the test provider must notify MOH immediately, in no more than 24 hours after the approved test results is available, via https://go.gov.sg/artpositivenoncompliance.

Q4How do I become an ART test provider? (Updated 22 Jul 21)
 

Step 1 – Please go through the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA) Infectious Diseases (Antigen Rapid Test Providers) Regulations here.

Step 2 – Please fill out the application to become an approved test provider here. (Please note that applications must be submitted at least 5 working days before the commencement of your ART.)

For clarifications on the regulations or the application process please email, elis@moh.gov.sg.

Click here to download the full Approved Test Providers' Guide to PET for more information.

Section 6: Resources (Updated 22 Jul 21)


Document NameFile Type, Size
Acceptable Documents for Entry
PDF, 247 KB
FAQs for Attendees/Patrons (Updated 23 Jun 21)
PDF, 522 KB
Confirmatory PCR Referral Note
PDF, 115 KB
Event Organisers'/Relevant Enterprises' Guide to PET (Updated 23 Jun 21)
PDF, 1.8 MB
Infectious Diseases Act (Antigen Rapid Test Providers) Regulations 2021 (Updated 22 Jul 21)
Webpage
Approved Test Providers' Guide to PET (Updated 13 Jul 21)PDF, 1.2MB
Rapid PCR Providers List
PDF, 153 KB
MOH-Approved COVID-19 Test ProviderWebpage
SafeEntry User Guide (ALL)Webpage
SafeEntry User Guide for PET Status Check (Updated 16 Jul 21)PDF, 1.2 MB
Guidance Note on Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in BuildingsPDF, 171 KB