The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a press release on 4 December that migrant workers who will be staying in dormitories will now not be allowed to apply to enter Singapore via the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs).
The new ruling kicked in earlier today on 5 December and it applies to all S-PAss and work permit holders who are (will be) working in the Construction, Marine Shipyard, and Process (CMP) industries.
Essentially, what it means is that as long as the work pass holder is going to be staying in a dormitory, they will not be allowed to enter with the VTLs.
However, with that being said, those who have already gotten approval to enter Singapore before 5 December, will still be allowed to enter provided they take a Covid-19 test upon their arrival, and go through a 5-day onboarding programme after they test negative.
MOM also noted that there are still other avenues for the workers to enter apart from the VTL, such as the Work Pass Holder General Lane, where they must have a pass that was granted by MOM.
Another way of entry is by ongoing industry initiatives that included programmes that test and isolates them in their home country.
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