The Singaporean government has provided updated information about the new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for work pass applicants.

Key Points: 

  • Beginning Feb. 1, employers who are submitting new or renewal applications for their employees must:
    • Declare that the pass holder or new applicant is fully vaccinated.
    • Remind pass holders to upload their digitally verifiable vaccination certificate to the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s (ICA) Vaccination Check Portal before arrival.
    • Remind pass holders without a digitally verifiable vaccination certificate to show their vaccination certificate to the airlines, or border crossing authority before departure.
  • Individuals who are certified as medically ineligible for vaccination and those who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Additional Information: Dependent pass holders who are younger than 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement. However, new dependent pass holders between the age of 12 and 18 must declare that they will complete the vaccination process in Singapore if they are not vaccinated. For renewal cases, employers must ensure all existing pass holders and their dependents are fully vaccinated before submitting renewal applications. More information regarding the Feb. 1 vaccination requirement is available here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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