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 17 Sep 21

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Section 1: General Information on PET (Updated 17 Sep 2021)

Q1What is PET? (Updated 10 Aug 21)

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 (see Question 4 below) 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 requires a PET? (New)
 Attendees/patrons are required to obtain a valid negative COVID-19 Test Result to participate in the event or activity. The validity of a negative COVID-19 Test result is 24 hours from the time the attendee/patron was registered at the testing premises to take the test. Attendees/Patrons will be permitted for entry if the validity period covers the duration of their visit.

A valid negative COVID-19 test result refers to a negative PCR or ART test administered or supervised by MOH-approved COVID-19 Test Providers. Negative results obtained from self-administered ART test and self-administered ART test performed under supervision by parties other than MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers are not recognised for PET.

Q4Who is exempted from PET? (Updated 17 Sep 21)
 

An attendee/patron is exempted from PET if he or she:
 
(a) Has been fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the appropriate regimen or World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca-SKBio, Serum Institute of India, Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac-CoronaVac) including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective (please refer to summary in Annex A of VDS Information Sheet), and had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s national IT systems; or
 
(b) Has recovered from COVID-19 i.e. less than 270 days of first positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result obtained in Singapore; or

(c) Is a child aged 12 years and below, who is not eligible for vaccines currently under the National Vaccination Programme (subject to an overall attendance cap of 20% of attendees); or

(d) Has a negative result on a pre-event test (PET) by an MOH-approved COVID-19 Test Provider in the past 24 hours, covering the duration of the stipulated activity. 

Individuals who are vaccinated with WHO-EUL vaccines will be considered as fully vaccinated and therefore eligible for vaccination-differentiated SMMs only if their vaccination records have been captured in MOH’s national IT systems. Please refer to MOH’s Post Vaccination Matters webpage for more information.


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

Q5Which COVID-19 test should I take for the purpose of PET?
 

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.

Q6Where can I undergo ART testing?
 

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

Q7When should I get tested?
 
The validity of the COVID-19 test result is 24 hours from the time the attendee/patron was registered in-person at the testing premises. As long as the result is still valid, the attendee/patron  may enter and stay in the premise of the event, business, or activity. Hence, the attendee/patron  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 the attendance at the event, business, or activity.

 

Worked examples for when an attendee/patron should be tested
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Attendees/ Patrons may check their TraceTogether App for the validity period of their negative COVID-19 result.

Section 2: Events that require PET (Updated 20 Aug 21)

For Large-Scale Events^

TimelinePre-Endemic Transition Phase
ActivityMax No. of Attendees
(Fully Vaccinated)*
 
Max No. of Attendees
(Without PET)
MICE including consumer tradeshows100050
Live performance (seated audience), pilot spectator sport event1000 50
Worship Services
100050
Cinemas
1000 50
Spectator Sports1000 50

For Wedding Events^

TimelinePre-Endemic Transition Phase 
ActivityMax No. of Attendees
(fully vaccinated)*
 
Max No. of Attendees
(without PET)
Solemnisation only
500
100050
Wedding Receptions
(5 attendees per table)
 250 NIL

*If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to undergo PET. Please refer to Section 3: For Attendees/Patrons for more information.

^ Provision for children aged 12 and below: If there is more than one child in the group, all children must be from the same household. Other vaccinated* individuals can be from different households as the child(ren). For large-scale PET events, the number of children is capped at 20% of the actual event size.

For more information, please go to the MTI Go Business Website for the full list of sector-specific safe management measures.

Section 3: For Attendees/Patrons (Updated 17 Sep 21)

Q1I have received my COVID-19 vaccination. Can I be exempted from PET? (Updated 17 Sep 21)

You are exempted from PET if you been fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the appropriate regimen or World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca-SKBio, Serum Institute of India, Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac-CoronaVac) including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective (please refer to summary in Annex A of VDS Information Sheet), and had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s national IT systems.
 
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. The event organiser or venue staff will be able to retrieve vaccination status directly from MOH’s database using the SafeEntry (Business) app.

Q2I have taken COVID-19 vaccination(s) overseas. Can I be exempted from PET? (Updated 24 Aug 2021)
 

Currently, only Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders with vaccination records in Singapore’s National Immunisation Registry are exempted from PET. You will have to produce proof of vaccination and take a serology test at an approved provider.  More details on the process, including the list of the approved providers, can be found on MOH’s Post Vaccination Matters website.

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. The event organiser or venue staff will be able to retrieve vaccination status directly from MOH’s database using the SafeEntry (Business) app. 

From 21 August 2021, newly arrived Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPH) and Short-Term Visit Pass Holders (STVPs) would be exempted from PET, if you produce a valid tamper proof, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) issued vaccination sticker on your passport or a valid negative result. These stickers would be valid until the end of your STVP validity or until 30 September 2021, 2359hrs, whichever is earlier. 

From September, the IT systems will be enhanced such that travellers, upon verification of their eligible vaccination status at entry, will also be recognised by SE Biz App through their TT apps/ Tokens to be eligible for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures without needing to go through PET.

Q3I have recovered from COVID-19. Can I be exempted from PET? (Updated 17 Sep 21)
 
You will be exempted from PET if you have recovered from COVID-19, i.e. less than 270 days of first positive PCR test result. 

You will need to obtain a PET Exemption Notice from any clinic offering ART or PCR testing services (see here) or a Discharge Memo. They 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 the PET Exemption Notice or Discharge Memo. 

If you are recovered from COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you must still obtain a PET Exemption Notice or Discharge Memo to be eligible for exemption from PET.

With the PET Exemption Notice or Discharge Memo, 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 the Notice. You are required to provide original Government-issued photo identification (e.g. NRIC/FIN/Passport) so that the Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises for verification purposes.

For more information, please click here to download full FAQs for Attendees/Patrons.

Q4What 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).

Q5Will the Government pay for PET? (Updated 10 Aug 21)
 
PET costs are not covered by the Government. Please check with the Event Organiser/Relevant Enterprise to enquire if PET costs are included in the admission price or will require additional payment from attendees.

For more information on the indicative prices by ART providers, please visit here.

Q6What should I do if I'm found to be ART-positive or ART twice-invalid1? (Updated 10 Aug 21)
 
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 Provider.

Alternatively, the ART 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 are you 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 ‘twice-invalid' test result means that your sample(s) has been tested twice by an ART provider and in there was no conclusive finding in both instances as to whether the you tested positive or negative. Anyone who tests twice-invalid is subject to the same requirements as an someone who tests ART-positive.
Q7
What do I need to bring to the event, business, or activity? (Updated 24 Aug 21)
 
Before you will be allowed to attend the event, business, or activity, you will be required to present your valid negative COVID-19 test result or other acceptable documents for entry, along with your original Government-issued photo identification document e.g. NRIC, passport, etc. to the Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises for identity verification purposes.

You will need to bring your internet-enabled mobile device with the updated TraceTogether app installed on the day of the event, business, or activity. If you do not have a mobile device, please bring along your working TraceTogether token.

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.

For the full list of acceptable documents, please click here.

Q8What should I do if I'm feeling unwell? (Updated 24 Aug 21)
 
If you feel unwell, please seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible for further assessment. You will not able to take ART if you display any acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms such as cough or fever. 

Please avoid attending an event, business, or activity when unwell. 

For more information, please click here to download full FAQs for Attendees/Patrons.

Section 4: For Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises (Updated 24 Aug 21)

Q1I want to organise an event, business, or activity that requires PET. What do I have to do? (Updated 10 Aug 21)
 4 Steps Guide to PET

Q2Where do you wish for your attendees/patrons to be tested? (Updated 10 Aug 21)

At any clinic providing ART:

Please direct your attendees/patrons to these clinics to get tested.

At the event venue:

Please contact a test provider to assess if the venue is suitable for ART to be conducted.

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

Q3What do I need to check in order to determine if the attendee/patron can enter or remain in the venue of my event, business, or activity? (Updated 24 Aug 21))
 
As Event Organisers/Relevant Enterprises, you are required to check if the attendee/patron has a:

(1) valid vaccination status on SafeEntry (Business) App; or
(2) valid “cleared” test status on SafeEntry (Business) App; or
(3) PET Exemption Notice issued by a MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider;
(4) Discharge Memo with the first PCR date indicated and issued by MOH.

You must download SafeEntry (Business) app to verify the attendee’s/patron’s vaccination status or test status, including the duration of test validity, by requesting attendee/patron to tap his/her TraceTogether App or Token against your establishment’s SafeEntry (Business) App. Checks should be limited to the verification of each attendee/patron’s eligibility status for entry into identified event, business or activity, and data should not be stored or used for other purposes. For more information on use of SafeEntry (Business) App, please refer to https://go.gov.sg/status-check.

All test results and notices in Acceptable Documents for Entry should be valid till the END of the attendee/patron’s participation at the event, business or activity requiring PET. 

You must not recognise any other documents, copies, or any other variations in format and should verify that acceptable documents provided for entry (e.g. physical test result notices, PET Exemption Memo) belongs to the attendee/patron, i.e. NRIC/FIN on the document matches the NRIC/FIN on the attendee/patron’s photo ID. For the full list of acceptable documents, please click here.

For more information, please click here to download the full Event Organiser/Relevant Enterprises’ Guide to PET.

Section 5: For Test Providers (Updated 10 Aug 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 10 Aug 21)
 
As a test provider, you should issue the standard MOH memo for ART-positive/twice-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 you are unable to issue the standard MOH ART-positive/twice-invalid memo to the individual (or their parents/guardians/caregivers) for any reasons, you must notify MOH immediately, in no more than 24 hours after the approved test results is available, via this link.

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 17 Sep 21)


Document NameFile Type, Size
Acceptable Documents for Entry (Updated 17 Sep 21)
Webpage
FAQs for Attendees/Patrons (Updated 17 Sep 21)
PDF, 515KB
Confirmatory PCR Referral Note
PDF, 115KB
Event Organisers'/Relevant Enterprises' Guide to PET (Updated 17 Sep 21)
PDF, 2.6MB
Infectious Diseases Act (Antigen Rapid Test Providers) Regulations 2021 (Updated 10 Aug 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
Guidance Note on Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in BuildingsPDF, 171 KB
SafeEntry User Guide for Vaccination-differentiated Safe Management Measures Status Check (Updated 10 Aug 21)Webpage