COVID-19: MOM revokes work passes of 2 holders for breaching entry rules, bans them

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked the work passes of two work pass holders and permanently banned them from working in Singapore for breaching the entry approval requirements put in place to control the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

From 2359 hours, 8 February, employers must obtain MOM’s approval for all work pass holders with travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days, before they can enter or return to Singapore.

When employees are allowed to enter Singapore, they will be required to serve a mandatory 14-day Leave of Absence.

The employers of the two workers had applied for them to enter Singapore on Tuesday, MOM said in a statement on Thursday. Their applications were not approved. 

Even though the employers were informed of the MOM’s decision at least 12 hours before the workers’ planned arrival, the workers still entered Singapore on Tuesday. MOM has ordered the employers to repatriate the workers within 24 hours. 

As for the employers, MOM has suspended their work pass privileges for one year.

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