Pre-Event Testing (PET)

To enable more economic and social activities to resume in a safe manner as we progressively open our economy and community, the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) has introduced the use of Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) to allow individuals who are fully vaccinated by a recognised COVID-19 vaccine to gain entry to various events/settings.

In addition to meeting the above requirements for VDS, some events/settings (e.g. some MICE events, nightlife establishments where dancing among patrons is one of the intended activities (such as nightclubs and discotheques) also require Pre-Event Testing (“PET”), where individuals are required to obtain a negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) test result that was supervised by an MOH-approved test provider, either in-person or remotely before entry to the events/premises. The COVID-19 test will be valid for 24 hours from the time the attendee/patron presents himself/herself to the approved test provider to take the test. The attendee/patron must get tested before the start of his/her visit; and at most 24 hours before the end of the attendance at the event or activity. Event organisers/relevant enterprises should check the relevant sector advisories or to identify which events/settings would need the additional testing requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated 19 Apr 22

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Section 1: VDS

Please check here for VDS-related FAQs.

Section 2: General Information on PET

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, before being allowed to enter the venue or participate in the event, business, or activity.

Q2Why is PET required for certain event/settings?

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.

Section 3: Information on PET for Event Organisers (EOs) / Relevant Enterprises

Q1Will my event/setting require PET?

Some events/settings require PET. Please check with your sector agency (e.g. STB for MICE events, MTI/ESG for nightlife establishments where dancing among patrons is one of the intended activities (such as nightclubs and discotheques) whether the event/setting requires PET.

Q2If PET is required, when should it be done?

The validity of the COVID-19 test result is 24 hours from the time the attendee/patron presents himself/herself to the approved test provider to take the test. Hence, if testing is required, the attendee/patron must get tested:
a. Before the start of his/her visit to the event or activity; and
b. At most 24 hours before the end of the attendance at the event or activity

Q3Where should your attendees/patrons be tested,  if PET is required?
 Depending on the advice from your sector agency, you may:

a. arrange for an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider to provide offsite covid-19 testing; or
b. require attendees/patrons to separately obtain their own COVID-19 tests from the MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers

(click here for list of MOH-approved COVID-19 Test Providers)

Section 4: Information on COVID-19 testing for Attendees/Patron

Q1If the event requires PET, what must I bring with me for the testing?
 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). 
Q2Who will pay for COVID-19 test?
 Attendees/Patrons are responsible for paying for their own COVID-19 test. Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises may subsidise the cost of the testing for the benefit of their attendees/patrons and should inform attendees/patrons beforehand if this will be the case.
Q3Can the same COVID-19 Test result be used for entry across multiple events/settings?
The same test result can be used for entry to multiple events/settings, as long as the validity period covers the entire duration.
Can I be exempted from PET for the events/settings that require it?
 There is no exemption from PET.
Q5What should I do if I am ART-positive? 
If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home and self-isolate immediately for at least 72 hours.

If you are feeling i) unwell, or ii) feeling well but are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. elderly, immunocompromised, etc.), see a doctor. For more information, please visit here
Q6What will happen to me if I break the rules?
 If you are found to have deliberately misrepresented yourself and/or others (e.g. including but not limited to the provision of false or misleading verification documents and/or information), you may be subject to enforcement action under the Penal Code, Infectious Diseases Act and/or other COVID-19 legislation. 

Section 5: For Test Providers

Q1What are the ART kits that I should use?
 Please refer here for the ART Kits to be used.
Q2How do I become an ART test provider?

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

Section 6: Resources

Document NameFile Type, Size
Acceptable Documents for Entry
Event Organisers'/Relevant Enterprises' Guide to PET
Infectious Diseases Act (Antigen Rapid Test Providers) Regulations 2021
Approved Test Providers' Guide to PET (Updated 13 Jul 21)PDF
MOH-Approved COVID-19 Test ProviderWebpage
SafeEntry User Guide (ALL)Webpage
Guidance Note on Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in BuildingsPDF
SafeEntry User Guide for Vaccination-differentiated Safe Management Measures Status CheckWebpage
Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 Access Restrictions and Clearance) Regulations 2021

Contact Number

  • For COVID-19 PET Enquiries, please call
    1800 333 9999
  • Hotline Operating Hours:
  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
    Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed