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Testing & results

The Isle of Man has its own local coronavirus testing facility.

Costs and testing criteria

You should contact COVID-111 to arrange for an appointment to receive a test.

This is free of charge for:

  • those who have symptoms
  • contacts of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • patients required to have a test as part of pre-assessment screening, e.g. – for a hospital procedure
  • those required to take a test after a patient transfer (speak to patient transfers for advice first)
  • Eligible students and their escort (where the student is a child or requires parental support)
  • travellers arriving as essential workers (note that you will need employer approval before you undergo testing)
  • travellers receiving their day 6 test

All other travellers will be charged £30 which should be booked within 48 hours of arriving on the Isle of Man.

Private testing is also offered. See On-island private PCR tests for further advice.

For further guidance see:

Travel and Borders

COVID-111 service

Visiting the coronavirus testing facility

Testing Facility

The testing will take place at The Grandstand, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas.

It is open 7 days per week.  Slots are allocated in order of availability.

If you have any problems attending your test appointment contact COVID 111.

This is a drive through testing service and you must attend by car or by taxi.

Directions to Test Centre

  • Drive along Glencrutchery Road, Turn down towards police HQ
  • Turn right follow the Testing signage
  • Continue and follow signs into car park testing station area

For families and groups who require testing from the same vehicle, wait for further instructions. Do not proceed to the main testing area where a traffic light system is on display.

On arrival

  • All passengers must wear a face covering at all times
  • Travel to the car park waiting area and wait until called
  • If the area is busy, wait until you view a green light. Once displayed, drive through and
  • switch off your engine
  • DO NOT get out of your vehicle
  • Wind your window down
  • Wait to receive further directions from a member of staff

The test will be performed by a health professional. They will be wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). You will be asked for your name and date of birth.

The tester will then take a swab first from your throat (orothanphaygeal) and then from your nose (nasalpharyngeal).

This process may be a bit uncomfortable, but it will be completed as quickly as possible to alleviate any distress.

You may want to bring a drink of water with you for after the testing.

Receiving your Test Results

You should receive your results by text message or email within 24 hours.

Until you receive your test results DO NOT stop isolating because you are feeling better.

If you test negative for COVID-19, you will be advised by 111 that you may end self-isolation.  If you are still required to complete a mandatory self-isolation by law under a specific direction notice (e.g. because you have travelled outside Jersey, Guernsey or UK (excluding the Republic of Ireland), or are a high risk contact for a COVID-19 positive individual) even if you have tested negative you MUST remain in self-isolation for the full period.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive:

  • advice from clinicians at 111, including details of your self-isolation period 
  • You will be issued with a Direction Notice by the Cabinet Office – Public Health 111/Contact Tracing Service (on behalf of the Manx Care) which requires you to undertake mandatory self-isolation, as specified by 111, from the on-set of your symptoms. 

Your contact details will be passed onto the Public Health Contact Tracing Service so any contacts with other persons can be followed up and they too may be issued with a mandatory direction notice and instruction to self-isolate for a specified period.

Please refer to our Privacy Notice on how the Cabinet Office will use your personal data for these purposes.