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Isle of Man repatriation

The Isle of Man’s borders are now closed to passengers. This came into effect from 6am on Friday 27 March 2020.

The Isle of Man Government has implemented The Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (Entry Restrictions) (Amendment 2) Regulations 2020 to allow Isle of Man residents to return under specific circumstances.

If you are a returning resident who meets the following criteria:

  • You are a resident of the Island, as defined in the Regulations
  • You did not leave the Island on or after 6 a.m. on 27 March 2020
  • You have applied for, and been granted, an exemption to return to the Island having undertaken travel to the UK or Republic of Ireland for compassionate reasons. (Please see exemption guidelines - there are no restrictions on leaving the Island but the exemption will permit a return journey to the Isle of Man.)

Under these regulations you can return to the Island via specially designated transport, providing you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. In all cases the following requirements apply.

From 3 June an increase in the number of sailings from one boat to two with a maximum of fifty passengers on each will facilitate an increase in the number of residents who can come back from the United Kingdom by boat. This will be conducted on a first come first served basis and people will still have to quarantine either at home or an approved location on arrival to the Isle of Man – either alone or with the people they travelled with.

From 11 June a small number of people may return to the Island by air.

When you arrive in the Isle of Man you will be required to observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.

If you are able to confirm that you have access to your own accommodation i.e. not shared with any other people already there (with the exception of an unaccompanied minor), then you will be able to undertake your quarantine there. From 10 June, returning residents may quarantine at home with others as long as all other members of that household also agree to quarantine with them.

You will also need to confirm that you have a network available to provide support during your 14 day quarantine that is able to arrange for things like food supplies to be delivered to your doorstep.

If you are not able to meet this requirement you will have to undertake your quarantine in another premises (i.e. hotel, self-catered accommodation) agreed by Government in advance.

You’ll need to complete the 14 day quarantine period before travelling anywhere on the Island. You will not be able to leave your property, except to access personal garden spaces in the agreed quarantine accommodation.

Advice is available on the Advice for returning travellers page.

Please be aware that the process of repatriation will take some time. Please be patient with us whilst we process your application and ensure that you read and follow the below advice carefully to minimise your frustration and ensure we can act as quickly as possible.

We understand that this is a difficult time for you and you may be feeling anxious or frustrated. We are here to help you with any queries you may have.

If you have any queries please contact returningresidentqueries@gov.im and we will respond to you as soon as possible.