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Getting Your Helper Home to the Philippines

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

The past two years have been hard on us all, being so far away from family, unable to travel easily. This hardship includes helpers from the Philippines. Now, at long last, many are able to travel back, but getting there is complicated, to say the least. The paperwork involved is enough to make your head swim, so be sure to work with your helper to get it all done.



Here’s what you need to know as of this writing.


1) PRINT AND SIGN OFW Form

2) PRINT AND SIGN

Standard employment contract plus the undertaking of employer:


3) MAKE EMBASSY APPOINTMENT

Click on this icon.


However, there are currently no appointments available online through April. Instead, you can try to schedule an appointment by writing directly to the embassy at polosg2021@gmail.com

4) GET INSURANCE BOND

Before your embassy appointment, you’ll need to get an insurance bond which starts the date the day of your appointment. The cost is $67. If you have an issue getting the documents, call: 6788-6616, extension 2 and then 3


5) DAY OF APPOINTMENT

Your helper will need to take the following with her to the appointment:

  • Signed contract, original

  • Signed contract, copy

  • Signed letter of undertaking, original

  • Signed letter of undertaking, copy

  • Two photocopies of the helper’s passport

  • Two photocopies of the helper’s work pass

  • Two photocopies of the employer work pass

  • Passport/id

  • A copy of NTUC insurance bond

  • A printout of appointment confirmation

  • Cash: $103 + $96.50 + $36


6) VACCINE CERTIFICATION

Your helper will need a certification that she is vaccinated. Here’s how she gets the information she needs.

  1. Register helper for SingPass. Note that this can take up to three days to process. Make sure your helper has her own email address before starting

  2. When SingPass is set up, request the health certification

  3. Note, you can also download the health certification from the TraceTogether app.

9) BEFORE DEPARTURE

Purchase travel insurance and download TrazeContact on her phone, an app in the Philippines similar to TraceTogether. Also purchase a ART kit to take with her.


10) THREE DAYS PRIOR ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

Register your helper with the OneHealthPass program.

11) WITHIN 48 HOURS BEFORE FLYING TO PHILIPPINES

Take a PCR test in Singapore Here is a list of approved providers.


12) THREE DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

Complete the arrival card.

13) WITHIN 48 HOURS BEFORE ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

Singapore-bound travelers from all countries can now take a virtual PCR test before boarding a flight. Tests are very pricey in the Philippines so make sure your helper takes a test kit with her and does the test virtually. Here is a list of service providers listed on the MOH website.


Make sure the test result document has the following info:

  • Helper’s name

  • One personal identifier (i.e. date of birth or passport number)

  • Negative COVID-19 test result

  • The date your COVID-19 test was taken

  • The name of the testing institution

14) ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

Take an unsupervised self-swab ART test and report results.

Courtesy Real Singapore Expat Wives Facebook page




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