Work Permit Cancellation Fee
Our Services Include:
- WP Online filing of “Work Permit Cancellation”
Singapore Work Permit Cancellation
If your worker no longer works for you or the Work Permit expires, you must cancel the work permit. To avoid misuse, please cut the Work Permit card in half and discard it once it has been cancelled.
- Follow these steps to send workers home.
Sending your workers home
Employers must follow these steps to repatriate your workers.
To repatriate your workers:
Ensure that your workers have no movement restrictions
You must ensure that your workers are not under Quarantine Orders (QO) or Stay-Home Notices (SHN).
Book their flights early
Flights are currently limited due to the COVID-19 situation. You should check availability of commercial flights and book early by regularly checking:
Employers are advised to choose airlines that allow flexibility in re-booking of passengers with positive COVID-19 test results, particularly for repatriation of COVID-Recovered PRC workers.
This is because all passengers departing from Singapore for China are required to be tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding, and COVID-Recovered workers may continue to test positive due to shedding of non-viable viral fragments even though they are non-infectious.
COVID-Recovered PRC workers who test positive would hence need to rebook their flights and be re-tested before their rebooked flights.
Check embassy websites regularly
You should check embassy websites regularly for the latest updates on upcoming relief flights and pre-departure testing requirements.
For relief flights, you will need to register your interest with the embassy.
Ensure your workers have legal stay until the date of their flights
|If||You need to|
|Flights are within 14 days of work pass cancellation or expiry||Cancel their work passes.|
|Flights are more than 14 days from work pass expiry||Register online to extend their stay.|
|Workers are already on Special Passes and you’re unable to get a flight before their Special Pass expire|
Note: You must extend their Special Pass or they will become illegal overstayers in Singapore.
Ensure your workers fulfil all requirements imposed by the airlines or receiving countries
From 1 December 2020, you don’t need Singapore Government approval for:
- Pre-departure PCR COVID tests
- IgM Antibody Serology tests
Employers should check regularly with the embassies’ websites and airlines’ websites for any specific COVID-19-related landing requirements, such as fit-to-fly doctor’s certification or quarantine requirements on arrival.
For countries or regions that require a Pre-Departure Test (PDT) before travellers depart from Singapore, you should contact a clinic listed in SafeTravel to make an appointment for PCR COVID tests or the serology tests.
Employers are responsible for the arrangement of PDT tests as mandated by the embassy of your workers before the flight departure date, in accordance to the testing window as specified by the returning country. All result memos must be obtained from the respective GP clinic before flight departure.
As an employer, you must:
- Pay for all expenses for the PCR COVID tests and IgM Antibody Serology tests.
- Pay directly to the clinic.
After swab appointment
You need to ensure that your worker:
- Has a copy of the test result when checking in at the airport.
- Is not on Quarantine Order or Stay-Home Notice on departure day.
Your worker will not be allowed to fly if their test results are inconclusive or positive.
Workers who are tested positive for the first time would be subjected to isolation or treatment. You and your worker will be informed on the procedures by the medical professionals. You should:
- Check with the airline for refunds or deferment of your worker’s flight ticket.
- Arrange for another swab test before the next available flight.
If your worker has inconclusive results, you should:
- Check with the airlines to schedule the earliest available next flight.
- Re-swab your worker as soon as possible before the rebooked flight.
COVID-recovered workers may continue to be tested positive due to shedding of non-viable viral fragments, even though they are not infectious. COVID-recovered workers who are tested positive would need to rebook their flights and be re-tested before their rebooked flights.
Re-swab procedure for COVID-recovered Work Permit, S Pass and Special Pass holders testing PCR-positive / PCR-inconclusive or IgM-antibody-positive
If your worker is COVID-recovered and had tested PCR positive or inconclusive at the GP clinic prior of the original flight, you should check with the airlines to schedule the next available flight.
|If your COVID-recovered worker tested||You should|
|PCR-positive / PCR-inconclusive and IgM-antibody-negative at the GP clinic before original flight|
|PCR-positive / PCR-inconclusive and IgM-antibody-positive at GP clinic before original flight|
|IgM-antibody-positive and PCR-negative at GP clinic before original flight|
Register for re-swab
To register for a re-swab appointment before the rescheduled flight, you should contact your region’s Managing Agent (MA) according to the testing window as specified by the returning country.
Your worker should bring along all of the following documents (hardcopy or softcopy) to the medical centre:
- Proof of COVID-19 recovery:
- Discharge memo from MOH
- AccessCode “COVID-19 Infection” status showing “Recovered”
- Discharge memo from MOH
- The previous positive or inconclusive test result memo issued by the GP.
- Proof of your worker’s rescheduled flight.
If your worker is staying in any of the following dorms, you should contact the dorm’s on-site medical centre directly instead:
- CDPL Tuas Dorm
- Kranji Lodge 1
- S11 PPT Lodge 1A / 1B
- Sungei Tengah Lodge
- Tuas View Dorm
Regional medical centres contact numbers
|Regions||Contact number to make test appointments|
|South / West||8349 1374|
If you need more time to send workers home (e.g. waiting for an embassy-facilitated flight), you can request to extend their stay in Singapore.
Please submit this request within 1 week before their Special Pass expires. E.g. If the Special Pass expires on 10 February, please only submit the request from 3 February.
Cancel Work Permit Procedure
You must “cancel work permit” depending on which comes first:
Within one week of the notice’s expiration date.
Alternatively, one day after the Work Permit expires.
Employer or Appointed licensed employment agent (EA) can cancel work permit.
Within three working days
One day before work permit cancellation.
If your worker has left Singapore and will not be returning to work for you, you must cancel the Work Permit within one week of their departure date.
You need to:
- Seek tax clearance from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).
- Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
- Ensure that your worker has a valid passport.
- Buy a direct air ticket to the international airport in the worker’s home country, nearest to the hometown:
- You must pay for the air ticket and it must include check-in luggage.
- The departure date must be within 2 weeks from the cancellation.
If there are no direct flights, you and your worker should discuss and agree on the following, before buying the air ticket:
- The transit arrangement, such as connecting flights and layover hours.
- The amount of allowance to sustain your worker during the transit.
For an overview of scheduled flights, you can visit Changi Airport’s website or use the iChangi mobile app. Please check with the airlines directly to confirm if the flights are still operating.
The worker still in Singapore
- WP Online and cancel the Work Permit.
- Print the Special Pass. The Special Pass allows the worker to stay in Singapore before leaving.
- Give the Special Pass to the worker. They need to show the Special Pass and valid passport to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
If you need the worker to work only for a short period beyond the Work Permit expiry date, you can request a short extension of the permit.
You must ensure the worker leaves as scheduled. For non-Malaysians, the security bond will usually be discharged 1 week after the worker’s departure, and other conditions are met.
The worker has left Singapore
To cancel the Work Permit:
- WP Online and cancel the Work Permit.
- Choose the cancellation reason “Worker has already left Singapore”.
The security bond will be discharged within 2 weeks after we have verified that the worker has left Singapore.
Once the Work Permit is canceled, the worker cannot work, even while waiting to leave Singapore.
Levy will be charged until 1 day before work permit cancellation.
You must return the original Work Permit card within one week of the cancellation date by mailing it to
Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764.
You can use WP Online’s “card return” function to inform MOM of your inability to return the card.