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Diphtheria and Measles Vaccination Requirements for Foreign-Born Children Applying for Long-Term Immigration Passes in Singapore
With effect from 1 February 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore will require documentation of diphtheria and measles vaccination to be submitted by foreign-born children as a prerequisite for the application of long-term immigration passes in Singapore.

Foreign-born children aged 12 years old and below, who are applying for the Dependant's Pass (DP) or Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and the Student's Pass (STP) issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), are required to submit documented proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for verification. They will have to do so before they proceed with their applications to MOM or ICA for long-term stay in Singapore. Existing pass holders will not be subject to the requirements when renewing their pass or applying for a new pass.
Q1. With the new vaccination requirements, how do I apply for a long-term immigration pass for my child?
If your child is 12 years old and below*:

    a. You will need to access the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService website (www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/), available from 1 Feb 2019 onwards, and register an account for an application and submission of the following documents:
    • Immunisation Registration Form certified by medical doctor
    • Copy of child’s vaccination records
    • Copy of child’s birth certificate
    • Copy of child’s travel documents
    • Copy of parent’s Singapore National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) (if applicable)/passport.

    b. These documents should be uploaded and submitted through the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService to Health Promotion Board (HPB), Singapore.
    c. An application fee will be charged and is non-refundable.
    d. HPB will verify the vaccination records in accordance with the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Singapore. You will be notified of the outcome via email. For applicants who meet the vaccination requirements, you will receive a link via email to download the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document from HPB.
    e. You will need to provide the HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document and your child’s travel document number during your long-term immigration pass application with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).

    If your child is aged above 12 years*:
    You do not need to submit vaccination records for HPB’s verification; please proceed directly to MOM or ICA for application of long-term immigration pass. 


    For details on the application procedures for a long-term immigration pass with MOM and ICA, please visit the respective agencies’ websites: 

    • MOM ( (www.mom.gov.sg)
    • ICA (www.ica.gov.sg)

    If your child has passed his/her 12 12th birthday (i.e. 12 years 1 day old and onwards), you will not be required to submit documented proof of vaccination to the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService. The new vaccination requirements will only apply to foreign-born children up to their 12thbirthday (i.e. 12 years 0 day and below). 

Q2. What are the vaccination documents required for application with HPB?
You must submit the Immunisation Registration Form certified by a doctor and your child’s vaccination records or evidence of immunity (i.e. serology tests) for diphtheria and measles to HPB through the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/. If your child is medically unfit for vaccination, you will need to submit a document certified by a doctor to HPB through the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/
Q3. How long is the processing time for the verification of the vaccination records by HPB?
The processing time is around 10 working days for the verification of the documentary proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles. The processing time will start from the time when all the complete documents are submitted to HPB.

Please ensure that your child has met the vaccination requirements of Singapore, and all the required documents are submitted for the application to HPB as failure to do so will result in the application being rejected.

For re-application cases, the processing time will be around 15 working days.
Q4. How long is the validity period of the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document issued by HPB?
The validity period of the “Verification of vaccination requirements (for entry to Singapore)” document differs according to your child’s age:
Child’s age (at time of application) Validity
6 months old and below Valid for 3 months
Above 6 months old to 18 months old Valid for 6 months
Above 18 months old to below 10 years old Valid for period before child turns 10 years old
10 years old and above Valid for 24 months

When applying for a new long-term immigration pass with MOM or ICA, the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document must be valid. Otherwise, you must re-apply for it with HPB.
Q5. My child’s long-term immigration pass was submitted before 1 February 2019. However, it was rejected and the date of my appeal is on or after 1 February 2019. Must I submit my child’s vaccination records to HPB?
As long as your child’s long-term immigration pass application was submitted before 1 February 2019, regardless of the date of appeal, you do not need to submit the vaccination records to HPB.
Q6. What is the helpline and email for assistance with the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService?
You may contact HPB for assistance:
Email: hpb_nir_fne@hpb.gov.sg
Helpline : (+65) 6534 4908 / 6534 4907 / 6435 3512
Operation Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holiday)
Q7. My child is exempted from the measles and diphtheria vaccinations and has an exemption letter from a doctor, how do I submit the letter?
You need to submit the letter using the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/. Do take note that exemption will only be accepted for valid medical reasons, and verification and approval of the letter of exemption submitted will be done by a HPB doctor.
Q8. Why are vaccination documentation requirements imposed as a prerequisite for foreign-born children applying for new long-term immigration passes?
Vaccinations for diphtheria and measles - two highly contagious and serious diseases that are more easily acquired by children - are mandated by law u under the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA).
MOH is extending diphtheria and measles vaccination requirements to foreign-born children applying for long born children applying for long-term immigration passes in Singapore as part of the continued efforts to further strengthen the overall national coverage for vaccinations for the measles and diphtheria.
Q9. How do I know the result of application for ‘Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)”?
Application result will be notified via the email address registered at the point of application. Alternatively, you can also login to our website to view the application status after 10 working days (for 1st application)/15 working days (for re-application) from your date of submission.
Q10. What are the possible rejection reasons for the application for “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore) ”?
Some of the common reasons that an application can be rejected include:  

  • Vaccination given does not fulfil the vaccination r requirements of Singapore
  • Documents are incomplete/unclear and failure to re-submit required documents within the given time frame
Q11. My child used to be a DP holder but the DP has expired. Does my child need to apply for HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document?
If your child’s DP has expired before 1 February 2019, your child will need to apply for the HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document. This also applies to holders of LTVP issued by MOM and STP issued by ICA.
Q12. Do I need to update HPB for vaccinations taken during the interim period after I submit the application to HPB?
Yes, you are required to update HPB on any vaccination taken during the interim period after you have submitted the application to HPB and before your child’s long-term immigration pass has been approved. Email the vaccination records, a copy of both the original and translated vaccination documents (if translation is required), together with a copy of your child’s newly issued long-term immigration pass to hpb_nir@hpb.gov.sg. This is to ensure your child’s vaccination records are up to date and for continuation of further vaccinations required (if any) after his/her arrival in Singapore.
Q13. Do I need to retain the original vaccination records and Immunisation Registration Form after submitting online?
Yes, you are required to retain the original and translated vaccination documents (if translation is required) and Immunisation Registration Form after submitting online. You may be among the applicants selected by HPB for audit purpose later. As part of the audit, you will be required to provide proof of the authenticity of the documents submitted during the application process by showing the original documents to HPB.
Q14. If my child is not due for the diphtheria and measles vaccinations, do I still need to submit the vaccination records to the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService website?
If your child is not due for the vaccinations, you must submit the documents certifying this using the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/. If your child can be exempted from vaccination after verification by HPB, you will be issued the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document for your long-term immigration pass application with MOM or ICA. Once your child is in Singapore, you will be informed to follow up on the required vaccinations.
Q15. What is the cost of the application fee?
An application fee of S$35 will be charged.
Q16. Will there be any refund of the application fee made for checking of vaccination requirements by HPB in the event that the application for long-term immigration pass by ICA or MOM is unsuccessful?
There will be no refund of the application fee.
Q17. Are all foreign-born children subjected to the vaccination documentation requirements requirements requirements? What about a foreign child newly born in Singapore?
All foreign children born overseas, aged 12 years and below, who are not existing pass holders, are subjected to the vaccination documentation requirements. Those who are not due for vaccination should still apply through the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/ and will be issued the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document. They will be informed to follow up on the required vaccinations in Singapore when these are due.

Foreign children born locally, to Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident parents or foreigners, are not subject to the vaccination documentation requirements.
Q18. What is the procedure to update HPB if my child (including new-borns) has a new travel document?
If your child is holding a new travel document, you will have to update the travel document information. Email to Health Promotion Board (hpb_nir_fne@hpb.gov.sg) a copy of the personal particulars page of your child’s current and new travel document together with the HPB reference number you have been given as part of application process (the HPB reference number is also indicated on the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document received from HPB).
Q19. My company has many expatriate employees who will re-locate to Singapore with their families. Can the company apply for HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore) ” document on behalf of the expatriate employee?
Yes, the company can apply on behalf of the expatriate employee. However, it is recommended for the expatriate employee to apply for HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore) ” document by himself/herself as the email address registered during application may be used for future follow up of the child’s immunisations.
Q20. Does the applicant need to have a SingPass account?
No, a SingPass account is not required. Registration of an application account only requires a valid email address to receive a login password.
Q21. How do I get the document translated?
For documents that are not in English, they must be translated to English. HPB accepts:

a. Translated copy translated by the Embassy of the document-issuing country or a local Notary Public or

b. Privately translated copy attested by the embassy of the document issuing country or notarized by a local Notary Public
Q22. My child is now 3 years old and my home country’s immunisation schedule only requires 1 dose of measles vaccination at his current age. What should I do?
According to National Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Singapore, your child is required to complete 2 doses of measles vaccination before applying to HPB for the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document. If your child did not complete 2 valid doses of measles vaccination, besides the required doses of diphtheria vaccination, your child’s application will be rejected.
Q23. What happens if irregularities are unearthed from the audit by HPB?
If irregularities are unearthed from the audit by HPB, the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document, issued earlier to the applicant concerned, will be considered as invalid. Other actions may also be undertaken depending on the severity of the irregularities.
Q24. I need to apply for my child’s long-term immigration pass urgently. Can HPB speed up the vaccination record verification or can MOM/ICA process my child’s long-term immigration pass application first?
HPB requires about 10 working days (for 1st application) and 15 working days (for re-application) to verify your child’s vaccination documents.

Your child must be issued the “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” document by HPB before MOM or ICA can process the long-term immigration pass application.

You should factor in the processing time for the vaccination records and long-term immigration pass application to avoid any delay in your relocation plans.
Q25. When can I start to apply for HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)”?
You can start to apply for HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore)” online at https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/fcine/ with effect from 1 February 2019.
Q26. Can I still apply for a new long-term immigration pass if I do not vaccinate my child for diphtheria and measles?
No, you cannot apply for a new long-term immigration pass if you do not vaccinate your child for diphtheria and measles. The HPB’s “Verification of Vaccination Requirements (VR) (for entry to Singapore) ” document is required when applying for a new long-term immigration pass with MOM or ICA.
Q27. What are the vaccinations that my child will need to complete in order to fulfil Singapore’s vaccination documentation requirements?
You may refer to the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Singapore at: https://www.nir.hpb.gov.sg/nirp/eservices/immunisationSchedule

Vaccination against diphtheria and measles is compulsory under Singapore In Infectious Diseases Act. Information on Singapore Infectious Disease Act is available at: https://www.moh.gov.sg/policies-and-legislation/infectious- disease disease-act

Your child will need to complete the required doses of diphtheria and measles vaccinations according to his/her age at the point of ap application. The required doses of vaccination will be as indicated below:
Child’s Age (at time of application) No.of dosesrequired
0 to less than 3 months oldDiphtheria - 0 dose Measles - 0 dose
3 months old Diphtheria - 1 dose (D1)# Measles - 0 dose
4 months old Diphtheria - 2 doses(D1/D2) # Measles - 0 dose
5 months oldDiphtheria - 3 doses (D1/D2/D3)# Measles - 0 dose
6 months old to less than 12 months old Diphtheria - 3 doses (D1/D2/D3)# Measles - 0 dose
12 months old to less than 15 months old Diphtheria - 3 doses (D1/D2/D3)# Measles - 1 dose (D1) #
15 months old to 18 months old Diphtheria - 4 doses (D1/D2/D3/B1)# Measles - 2 doses (D1/D2)#
19 months old to 12 years oldDiphtheria - 5 doses (D1/D2/D3/B1/B2)# Measles - 2 doses (D1/D2) #

#D1/D2/D3 refers to Primary dose, B1/B2 refers to Booster dose 


Useful Information:
For Diphtheria:
* Minimum age for diphtheria vaccination is 6 weeks’ old
* 5th dose (B2) is to be taken at age of 10 years old
* Minimum interval to next vaccine dose:
    - between each Primary between each Primary dose (D1, D2 and D3): 4 weeks
    - between Primary dose and Booster dose (i.e. D3 and B1): 6 months
    - between Booster dose (i.e. B1 and B2): 6 months

For Measles:
* Minimum age for measles vaccination is 12 months old
* Minimum interval to next vaccine dose: 4 weeks
* Any dose of measles-containing vaccine given before 12 months of age should not be counted as part of the series. Children vaccinated with measles-containing vaccine before 12 months of age should be re-vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine, the first of which should be administered when the child turns at least 12 months of age.

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