Ship agent / Shipyard can arrange for on-arrival PCR swab test onboard the vessel, after the vessel has docked in the shipyard or berthed next to shore. Note that these on-arrival swab tests must not be performed at the anchorages.
Only MOH Licensed Healthcare Institute (HCI) can conduct on-arrival offshore PCR swab test onboard vessel only upon obtaining MOH’s approval by following the steps below:
1. Register for offsite swab application with MOH
The appointed HCI can register their offsite swab application with MOH via here. The appointed HCI must ensure that all on-arrival swab tests to be done onboard vessel in the shipyard or berthed next to shore. No on-arrival PCR swab tests can be done at the anchorage unless explicitly approved by MPA.
Please indicate “Yes” under Question 2 “Have HPB and Sector Lead endorsed this application?” in the link stated above for offsite swab application and follow-up with the next step below.
2. Inform MOH Licensing Division and EDB Central COVID Ops Team
Only appointed HCI by Ship agent/Shipyard can write in to the MOH Licensing Division eLIS@moh.gov.sg and copy to email@example.com to follow up on the approval process where MOH Licensing Division must approve the appointed HCI before the on-arrival onboard or sign off pre-departure swab test on the vessel crew can be performed.
Email to MOH Licensing Division to include the following information which is not exhaustive:
Email header: Mandatory Precautionary Measure on Arrival Onboard PCR Swab Tests for inbound vessels’ crew calling into shipyards for repairs / Pre-Departure Tests for Sign offs only in shipyards or berthed next to shore
HCI Swabbers’ name;
Ship agent/Ship owner/Shipyard name that appoint HCI;
Date and planned time of Swab to be done;
Location of Swab to be done;
Application date to MOH eLIS for approval to perform offsite swab / show screenshot of approval to MOH eLIS submitted; and
Laboratory Name where collected swabs will be tested.
For urgent on-arrival onboard swabs (defined as swabs to be done over the next 10 calendar days), appointed HCI by Ship agent/Shipyard has to write in to the MOH Licensing Division eLIS@moh.gov.sg and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite the approval to conduct offsite swab testing. Only appointed HCI may email or call MOH Licensing Division for urgent confirmation. Urgent applications will be approved only on a case by case basis with justifications.