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Quarantine Orders, Stay Home Notice, Leave of Absence Guide: What is the Difference?

Issued with Stay Home Notice but clueless to what to do?

With the recent slew of travel measures to curb Covid19, travellers and returning residents from ASEAN, Japan, Switzerland and UK will join travellers from Mainland China (ex Hubei), France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Southe Korea and Spain on Stay Home Notice.

Separately those close contacts with existing cases in Singapore have been issued quarantine orders.
Earlier during the outbreak, Leave of Absence was also introduced.

What are the differences between these three orders?

Leave of Absence (LOA)

  • This is a precautionary measure. 
  • Persons on LOA should remain in their residence as much as possible. 
  • They are to minimise visitors and maintain records of persons whom they come into close contact. 
  • They may leave their residences for daily necessities or to attend important matters
  • Minimise time spent in public spaces and contact with others
  • Does not qualify for Government subsidies
  • Replace by Stay Home Notice after Feb 18.

Stay Home Notice (SHN)

  • Stricter than LOA. 
  • Those place on SHN MUST remain in their place of residence AT ALL TIMES.
  • They are not allowed to invite visitors to their residence.
  • They must remain contactable
  • Other persons can share same room/home/apartment but social interaction and contract minimised
  • To monitor health closely
  • Under SNH Support Programme, eligible employers can apply for $100 daily per affected workers. Self-employed SC and PR can also apply for the daily support of $100. Currently, this applies to travels from the following region

Mainland China(Outside Hubei) -Arrival after 31 Jan
Daegu City or Cheongdo Country (Sk) - Arrival after 26 Feb
South Korea - Arrival after 4 March
Northern Italy-Arrival after 4 March
Iran-Arrival after 4 March
Italy- Arrival after 15 March
France - Arrival after 15 March
Spain- Arrival after 15 March
Germany - Arrival after 15 March

This had not been officially extended to travellers from ASEAN, Japan, UK, Switzerland


  • Flouting of SHN may result in penalties and can be prosecuted under Section 21A of the infectious Disease Act.
  • Foreign Workers may have work passes revoked and repatriated. 
  • Employers may have their work pass privileges withdrawn.
  • Students may face disciplinary actions from schools or institution.
  • PRs , LTVP and Dependants Pass (DP ) may have their re-entry permit, LTVP, DP revoked or the validity shorten

Affected Persons

Medical Attention during SHN
For life-threatening cases such as cardiac arrest, active seizures, breathlessness, major traumas and stroke, employees should call 995 directly for assistance.
For non-emergencies (such as cough or fever, follow-up visits for chronic conditions, refilling of prescription, etc):
  • Singapore Citizens, PRs and long-term pass holders may contact the People’s Association (PA) at 6344 8222. PA will assist in making necessary arrangements with the nearest Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) or GP clinic. 
  • Foreign employees issued with a work pass should contact their employers. Employers should assist in contacting a PHPC or GP clinic, and ensure that foreign employees have sufficient medicines for their needs.

Quarantine Order (QO)

  • A QO is a legal order issued to individuals under the Infectious Diseases Act and thus have legal force with severe penalties for non-compliances
  • Issued to quarantine or isolate an individual who is or suspected to be the carrier of the infectious disease or a contact of a person confirmed to have an infectious disease
  • Usually occurs at home but can also be served in dedicated Government Quarantine Facilities or hospitals should the individual not have suitable accommodation in Singapore
  • cannot have physical interaction with others living in the same premises
  • Support for daily necessities is provided to all persons under Home Quarantine
  • Should self monitor health status 3 times a day and to report to Quarantine Order Agent if unwell.
  • Quarantine individuals will be monitored by video calls at least 3 times a day
  • Under the QO Allowance scheme, claims of $100 per day can be made by 2 groups:  eligible employers with employees issued QO and Self-employed SC and PR 

Affected Persons

  • Returning residents (Singapore and PR) and LTPH  with travel history to Hubei within the last 14 day
  • Returning PR and Long Term Pass holders with PRC passports issued in Hubei
  • Close Contact of existing cases

Source: MOH, MOM

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