It is recognised that people may be in considerable difficulty or distress, often as a result of circumstances that are not of their own making. Each case is therefore carefully considered on its own merits, having regard to the likely impact of a decision to decline the return as well as other options open to the person making the request.
Exemption to travel on compassionate grounds can be granted for two reasons, attending the funeral of a close family member or visiting a terminally ill close family relative.
However, the Regulations make provision for situations where an individual needs, for example, to attend multiple funerals of close family members.
Those exempted to enter the Island having for compassionate reasons will be required on entry to the Island to follow any such Direction that is issued by DHSC, as per any other returning residents, which currently includes the 14 day self-isolation period.
Please be aware that you will need to travel to the Island via specially designated transport, providing you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. This will follow the same criteria as Isle of Man residents being repatriated. There is no priority given to people entering the Island on compassionate grounds and so you will need to book a return journey in the same way as all Manx residents who are waiting to be repatriated.