Immigration weekly update: August 19, 2021

Global immigration updates for the Philippines and Singapore


Philippines: Entry ban extension

The Philippine Government has extended the entry ban for all travelers from, or who have been to, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UAE within 14 days prior to arrival. This ban will remain in effect until August 31, 2021, at least.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Philippines News Agency.

Singapore: Border measures update

Since August 10, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has begun to gradually process entry approvals for the following:

  • Work Pass holders (EP/S Pass and Work Permit)
  • Dependent Pass holders
  • Long Term Visit Pass holders
  • In Principle Approval (IPA) holders from higher risk countries (all countries and regions other than New Zealand, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) providing they are fully vaccinated

Vaccination requirements for entry do not apply for Work Pass holders and dependents who remained in lower risk countries within the 21 days prior to arrival in Singapore.

A traveler is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the full dosage of any Covid-19 vaccine under the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing. This doesn’t apply to dependents ­below the age of 12.

Travelers from higher risk countries need to provide documentary proof of their full vaccination status/vaccination exemption to the airline before boarding and at the checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore. Travelers who fail to produce their vaccination record/exemption will be denied boarding and entry into Singapore.

Quarantine and Covid swab test requirements and vaccination record update

All Work Pass holders and their dependents continue to be subjected to current quarantine and Covid swab test requirements upon arrival in Singapore, depending on the arrival country. Using Singpass, individuals who have received their vaccination overseas must update their vaccination records in the National Immunisation Registry (NIR). They are also required to take a serology test within two weeks of completing their stay-home notice (SHN) in Singapore. They must upload documentary proof of their overseas vaccination and a positive serology test result taken at one of the Ministry of Health’s designated private healthcare providers.

Pass holders who fail to upload valid vaccination documents, or take the required serology test, may have their Work Pass privileges curtailed or revoked.

Until further announcement, Work Pass holders and their dependents are not allowed to enter Singapore if they have recent travel history (within the last 21 days, including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Entry approvals from Indonesia will also be limited given the high surge of cases.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Manpower.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).

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