Singapore: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Work Pass or Permanent Residence Applications

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for application submission of long-term passes, work passes, student passes and permanent residence  


Beginning 1 Feb. 2021, the government of Singapore will require a COVID-19 vaccination in order for foreign nationals to be granted or renew long-term work passes, work passes and new permanent residence applications.  

Work Pass Holders and Dependents:  

  • When filing for a work permit application, employers will be required to declare that  pass holders and any dependents are fully vaccinated upon arrival in Singapore; 
  • Pass holders will be required to submit a vaccination certificate as part of the verification process 
    • Pass holders who received a vaccination overseas will be required to update their vaccination records in the National Immigration Registry (NIR) 

New Permanent Residence, Long-Term Visit Pass and Student Pass applicants: 

  • The vaccination status of an applicant will be verified during the pass issuance process. The vaccination records must be updated in the NIR 

For additional information on submitting the vaccination records and on potential exemptions, click here 

What are the Changes? 

The government of Singapore will require long-term pass holders, work pass holders and permanent residents to be fully vaccinated in order for immigration permissions to be granted or renewed beginning 1 Feb. 2022. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Singapore’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.