Singapore – Ministry of Health Introduces New Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Dependant Children

What has changed

Effective February 1, 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will require dependant children who are applying for Dependant Passes, Long Term Visit Passes, or Student Passes to have two (2) vaccinations. Foreign-born children who are twelve (12) years old and younger and who are applying for the aforementioned passes will need to provide proof of vaccinations against diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for verification.

Previously, there were no vaccination requirements for dependant children applying for these long term passes.

Who is affected

Foreign-born children applying for Dependant, Long Term Visit or Student Passes who are 12 years or younger.

What to expect

Proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles will be required to be submitted to the Singapore HPB for verification before applying for immigration passes. The estimated processing time with HPB is around 10 working days.

Those seeking an exemption for medical reasons will be required to present a doctor-certified document to HPB.

What you need to do

Employers of foreign assignees moving to Singapore with foreign-born dependant family members should notify impacted employees about the changes and contact Emgira Worldwide for any support they may need.