ASPRI Pre-Departure Preparatory Programme

ASPRI PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATORY PROGRAMME (PDPP)
(information as at 22 APr 2022)

This information is in reference to this joint media release and Business Times article.

As jointly announced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Economic Development Board (EDB), and Building and Construction Authority (BCA), employers from the CMP sectors currently tap on two entry lanes to bring in workers, namely the industry-led end-to-end process and the Work Pass Holder General Lane via MOM. This arrangement has served the industry by maintaining a steady flow of workers even when travel restrictions were imposed. 

From 13 Mar 2022, the industry-led process will be streamlined into a shorter two-day pre-departure preparatory programme (PDPP) in the source countries. The PDPP will adopt the health protocols (e.g. pre-departure testing) developed under the industry-led initiative. The PDPP is intended to be the main channel for new CMP WPHs going forward and will enhance the resilience of the CMP sectors. In the event a new variant of concern emerges, the CMP sectors would be able to tap on these established protocols to maintain inflow of workers to guard against manpower shortage concerns due to border measures.

The duration of the PDPP is intended to be flexible, in line with the global situation for COVID-19. On arrival in Singapore, workers who undergo PDPP will be subject to shorter onboarding regime of three days at the MOM Onboard Centres in Singapore.

PDPP will be available in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar from 13 Mar 2022.

From 13 Mar to 30 Apr 

From 1 May onwards 

Pre-departure Preparatory Programme riding on the Industry-led end to end process 

(prioritised for entry approval) 

  • • 2 Day stay at dedicated facility at source countries applied through PDPP provider 
  • • Pre-departure testing 
  • • 3D Stay-Home Notice with onboarding at MOM’s Onboard centres upon arrival in SG 

 

Single Entry Lane with Pre-departure Preparatory Programme 

  • • 2 Day stay at dedicated facility at source countries applied through PDPP provider 
  • • Pre-departure testing 
  • • 3D Stay-Home Notice with onboarding at MOM’s Onboard centres upon arrival in SG 

 

Work Pass Holder General Lane 

(based on border measures as of 6 Mar) 

  • • Pre-Departure Test before arrival 
  • • 7D Stay-Home Notice and additional 2D programme at MOM’s Onboard centres upon arrival in SG 

 

Work Pass Holder General Lane 

Not applicable for new CMP WPHs who hold IPAs where PDPP is required; they should enter under PDPP. 

All other CMP WPHs may enter under this General Lane. 

Due to these changes, ASPRI will stop administering the PDPP on behalf of the Process sector from 1 May 2022. However, Fullerton Health (FHG) will continue to be a PDPP provider for both India and Bangladesh.

Even though companies could approach any PDPP provider, it is encouraged that companies continue to engage with FHG due to their experience and strong track record in bringing almost 4,000 Process industry workers into Singapore since ASPRI kickstarted the Pilot Program in September 2021. ASPRI would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support for the Pilot Program and we are proud to be able to provide this service.

List of Source Countries under ASPRI’s Pre-Departure Preparatory Programme: