31 January 2020 – Work-pass applications from China suspended, existing holders directed to take 14-day leave of absence

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Immigration
Intervention Categories: International travel measures; International trade and travel
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Government

Overview: Reducing inbound work-pass holders from China to minimize viral transmission – via i) non-acceptance of new work-pass applications ii) 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) from work for returning work-pass holders
Full details here: https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2020/0131-update-on-additional-measures-by-mom-to-minimise-the-risk-of-community-spread

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: WHO declaration of COVID as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), Ministry of Health recommendation to implement the LOA for travellers from Hubei, China