Covid-19: MOM revokes 89 work passes for breaching entry approval & stay-home notice requirements

The workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore.

Julia Yeo | March 21, 2020, 08:36 PM

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked the work passes of 89 work pass holders as of Mar. 21, 2020.

The workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore for breaching entry approval and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements.

73 breached entry approval, 16 breached SHN

Out of the 89 suspended, 73 work pass holders with travel history to Covid-19 affected countries entered Singapore without obtaining entry approval from MOM.

They returned from countries from which they would be required to serve a 14-day SHN upon arrival in Singapore.

16 breached their SHN or Leave-of-absence (LOA) requirements.

Some were caught working at their workplaces, while others were found leaving their places of residence during the 14-day period.

They have been permanently banned from working in Singapore, and their employers will have their work pass privileges suspended for periods from one to three years.

All employers & employees reminded to seek approval from MOM

Entry approvals and SHNs are now required for work pass holders entering Singapore from anywhere in the world.

Employers are reminded to seek approval from MOM using the online facility for work pass holders to enter or return to Singapore.

Employers should also inform their employees not to make travel plans to Singapore until approval has been obtained from MOM.

"MOM will continue to take enforcement measures against errant employers or employees who do not comply with the requirements set out above, including the revocation of work passes and suspension of work pass privileges," the ministry said.

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