The Chief Minister recently announced an upcoming further change to border control arrangements, removing the current limit on the number of people who are able to travel to the Island each week.
This means if you have an Exemption Certificate you can now book your travel to arrive on, or after, 7th July via the Steam Packet or airline.
If you have already booked your travel with the travel team you can either choose to progress with your current plans, or re-arrange your travel and seek a refund.
If you want to keep your existing booked travel date, no action is required.
If you would like to change your travel date, or method of travel, the DoI Travel Team will be happy to refund the cost of any travel dated 7th July onwards that you have already booked and paid for. You will then be able to book directly with the Steam Packet/Airline. If you wish to seek a refund you can contact the Travel Team on +44 01624 697440. Please note the team are available 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). They may be dealing with a significant number of calls so if you cannot get through, please choose option 2, leave a message and the team will call you back as soon as they can.
Please note you will still not be permitted to enter the Isle of Man without a valid Exemption Certificate. This is a legal requirement, and failure to comply is a criminal offence. You will also still be required to complete a health declaration within 48 hours of your arrival and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
What do I need to do now?
- You will need to apply to enter the Isle of Man. You will be asked a number of questions to give us a clear understanding of your circumstances.
What will happen after that?
- Once we have processed your information and confirmed that you meet the requirements set out in the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (Entry Restrictions) (Amendment No.2) 2020 you will be issued with an exemption to travel.
- You can book your own return travel to the Island via any available route.
- You will either need to have access to your own accommodation where you, and anyone you are travelling with, will be the only people living, or agree with anyone else living in that accommodation that they will also quarantine with you for 14 days.
- If you do not have access to your own accommodation, and you need Government to secure your accommodation on the Island, you will also need to pay for your accommodation whilst booking. Please note only those being repatriated who are in receipt of income related benefits, or students in receipt of an educational maintenance grant, will not be required to pay for any Government secured accommodation.
- From 10 June once you have received this confirmation within 48 hours of your departure you will need to complete an e-landing card confirming your arrival details, what address you will be staying at for your 14 day quarantine, and a health declaration.
What will happen when I arrive at the port/airport?
- When you arrive at the port/airport you will be asked to show a copy of your exemption certificate and then you can check-in as usual.
What about my animals?
- Arrangements are in place to allow your animals to travel back with you, but you may need to make arrangements for any dogs to be cared for in the Isle of Man when you return as you will not be able to leave your house to exercise them.
What will happen when I arrive in the Isle of Man?
- You will need to present your exemption certificate and confirmation of the completion of a landing form to Port or Airport Security.
- You will then need to go straight to your accommodation. If you have your own vehicle you can drive otherwise you can:
- Be picked up by a member of the household you will be in quarantine with;
- If you have keys to a vehicle with you have the vehicle dropped to a designated area of the Port/Airport
- Use Government provided coaches or minibuses.
What will happen during the 14 day quarantine period?
- You’ll have to remain in your accommodation, which includes any personal garden spaces, at all times. If the accommodation has access to a garden (or other grounds) that is shared with others you can use it for exercise only when others outside your household are not present in it.
- You will need to make sure you have a network available to provide support whilst you are in quarantine (e.g. food supplies).
- Should you have health needs, for example prescriptions for regular medications, arrangements can be made to facilitate these requirements.
- You will be contacted by the 111 contact team to signpost you to any support if required.
What will anyone else staying in the accommodation with me have to do?
- Other household members should not go out for shopping, work or for other reasons.
- As long as they have no symptoms others in the household can go out for exercise only.
Can my family and friends come to visit or bring me supplies?
- Yes, they will be able to drop deliveries in your garden or at your doorstep but you must remain in the accommodation at all times.
- We understand that your families and friends will want to see you when you return to the Isle of Man, but they will not be able to enter your accommodation or garden.