Singapore – Updates to 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 younger than twelve (12) years old and who are applying for the aforementioned passes will need to provide vaccination records (proof of vaccination against diphtheria and measles or evidence of immunity) to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for verification.

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

Who is affected

Foreign-born children who are younger than twelve (12) years old and are applying for Dependant, Long-Term Visit or Student Passes on or after February 1, 2019.

What to expect

The following are updates to vaccination requirements for foreign dependant children:
  • A new Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService website will launch on February 1, 2019.
  • Affected parents are required to register an account on the website and upload the required documents in order to apply for verification. The application fee is S$35 per child.
  • After the HPB verifies the applicant’s vaccination records, parents will be notified via e-mail.
  • If approved, parents will receive a link via e-mail to download the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document from the HPB.
  • Processing time is expected to be around ten (10) working days from the submission of completed documents (fifteen [15] working days for re-applications).
  • The HPB Verification documents must be submitted with the long-term pass applications for dependent children.
The following are NOT required to submit vaccination records to the HPB:
  • Foreign-born children who have passed their 12th birthday
  • Foreign-born children who submitted pass applications before February 1, 2019
  • Foreign children who are born in Singapore
  • Existing pass holders who are going to renew or apply for a new pass
More FAQ information can be found at the following link.

What you need to do

Companies and employees moving with their children should allocate time for the verification (and translation of vaccination documents, if required) to avoid delay and manage expectations with regard to relocation plans.

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