The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that employers must ensure work pass holders’ addresses and mobile numbers are updated in MOM’s online systems for contact tracing purposes.

Key Points:

  • Information for all work pass holders must be updated in both the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS) and Employment Pass Online (EPOL) by 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29.
  • The requirement to provide work pass holder information includes:
    • Those relocated to stay in Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ).
    • Those affected by the Malaysia Movement Control Order who are currently staying in Singapore.
    • Those relocated from dormitories who are now staying at government-identified sites.

Additional information: MOM has sent the reminder to employers in an email circular, as many work pass holders have changed their place of residence owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have recently been made to OFWAS to make it easier for employers to update worker addresses. Employers that have previously tried and were not able to update the information are directed to try again. If they continue to face problems updating OFWAS, employers should contact and include a screenshot of the problem.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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