Additional serology test for foreign domestic workers with travel history to higher-risk regions

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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SINGAPORE — From Friday (5 February), all foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries or regions will have to take a serology test upon arrival in Singapore.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a media release on Wednesday that this test is in addition to the on-arrival polymerase chain reaction test requirement for these workers, which had been put in place since 24 January.

It explained that the additional on-arrival serology test will identify workers who have recovered from an old COVID-19 infection, and thus have antibodies inside them. These recovered workers can therefore be released from Stay-Home Notice (SHN), and their employers will see lower SHN costs.

Addition 7-day SHN for newly-arrived construction, marine and process workers

Meanwhile the Multi-Ministry Taskforce for COVID-19 said that, from Friday, all newly-arrived Work Permit and S Pass workers in the construction, marine and process (CMP) sectors from higher-risk countries or regions will have to undergo an additional seven-day SHN testing regime, after they complete their initial 14-day SHN.

This is to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from newly-arrived migrant workers into the workplace. Previously, only those workers heading to dormitories needed to be subjected to the additional seven-day regime.

The new requirement also applies to workers who have yet to complete their 14-Day SHN on Friday.

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