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Self-isolation for travellers

There are several ways in which you can enter/leave self-isolation after your arrival on the Island, each with slightly different requirements and restrictions. Please check the information below for the section that applies to you:

Test and release     >>

Arrivals who have not been outside the UK, Guernsey and Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival

7 day pathway     >>

Arrivals who have been outside the UK, Guernsey and Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival

21 day default isolation     >>

Those who do not wish to have COVID-19 tests

Compassionate visitors     >>

Frequently asked questions    >>

Travellers - test and release pathway (arrivals who have not been outside the UK, Guernsey and Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival)

If you are arriving on the Island, and have not been outside the UK, Guernsey or Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival to the Isle of Man, you will be required to adhere to the following restrictions on arrival;

ARRIVE:

Go straight to your place of isolation, you cannot stop on the way to enter any retail premises or visit any person.

ISOLATE:

Arrange your COVID-19 test (you must be tested within 48 hours of arrival). Until you receive the results of your test (within 24-48 hours of the test) you must adhere to the below rules;

  • DO NOT mix with any other members of your household (unless they have travelled with you) – where possible you should use different bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms, or make the best possible effort not to be in these communal spaces at the same. Continue to be vigilant in cleaning any shared items or spaces before and after use. 
  • DO NOT leave your home for any reason
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • DO NOT take your dog for a walk or attend to other animals not kept on your property, you will need to get someone else to do it.
  • DO NOT allow members of another household to enter your garden or home.
  • DO NOT use outdoor communal areas, such as designated smoking areas
  • DO NOT visit any health and social care settings – including GPs, Dentists, Opticians or Hospital appointments (unless you are seeking emergency medical care)
  • DO NOT go to your vaccination appointment. If you have one booked, you can re-schedule it for after the self-isolation period is competed. If you are self-isolating by choice, you can still attend the appointment.
  • DO NOT put your waste outside. Personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags must be double-bagged, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the wheelie bin.
  • DO  continue to use your garden, if you have one but you should only use it if you feel well enough and do not need to access communal areas to get to it
  • DO  stay away from other family/household members where possible to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
  • DO  clean surfaces and door handles regularly and keep rooms ventilated to stop the spread of infection. See social distancing and good hygiene.
  • DO your laundry separately - Wash items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting and dry items completely. Do not shake dirty laundry, this minimises the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.
  • DO Clean and disinfect anything used for transporting laundry with your usual products, in line with the cleaning guidance above.
  • While you are ill or self-isolating, arrange for all food, medical and other supplies to be delivered to your home and ensure that the delivery person /driver/friend does not enter your home.
  • Do not leave your place of residence; stay at home.

TEST:

You must attend your COVID-19 test appointment at the Grandstand at the arranged time. You can drive yourself, be taken by someone you are isolating with or use a pre-booked taxi. You must then return to your accommodation and Isolate until you receive your result.

RELEASE:

Negative Result: if you receive a negative result you may leave isolation. You must not to enter Health and Social care settings until 10 days after your arrival, unless in an emergency, or you have the authorisation of the manager of that facility.   There is no legal restriction preventing you from returning to work, but this should be discussed with your employer to ensure the best plan for the business. You are required to undertake a second test on day 6 for monitoring and assurance purposes.

Positive Result: If you receive a positive test result you must continue to isolate until you return a negative result. You will be tested again on day 13.

Travellers – 7 day pathway (arrivals who have been outside the UK, Guernsey and Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival)

If you are arriving on the Island, and have been outside the UK, Guernsey or Jersey in the 10 days preceding arrival to the Isle of Man, you will be required to adhere to the following restrictions on arrival;

ARRIVE:

Go straight to your place of isolation, you cannot stop on the way to enter any retail premises or visit any person.

ISOLATE:

Arrange your COVID-19 test (you must be tested within 48 hours of arrival). Until you receive the results of your test (within 24-48 hours of the test) you must adhere to the below rules;

  • DO NOT mix with any other members of your household (unless they have travelled with you) – where possible you should use different bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms, or make the best possible effort not to be in these communal spaces at the same. Continue to be vigilant in cleaning any shared items or spaces before and after use. 
  • DO NOT leave your home for any reason
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • DO NOT take your dog for a walk or attend to other animals not kept on your property, you will need to get someone else to do it.
  • DO NOT allow members of another household to enter your garden or home.
  • DO NOT use outdoor communal areas, such as designated smoking areas
  • DO NOT visit any health and social care settings – including GPs, Dentists, Opticians or Hospital appointments (unless you are seeking emergency medical care)
  • DO NOT go to your vaccination appointment. If you have one booked, you can re-schedule it for after the self-isolation period is competed. If you are self-isolating by choice, you can still attend the appointment.
  • DO NOT put your waste outside. Personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags must be double-bagged, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the wheelie bin.
  • DO  continue to use your garden, if you have one but you should only use it if you feel well enough and do not need to access communal areas to get to it
  • DO  stay away from other family/household members where possible to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
  • DO  clean surfaces and door handles regularly and keep rooms ventilated to stop the spread of infection. See social distancing and good hygiene.
  • DO your laundry separately - Wash items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting and dry items completely. Do not shake dirty laundry, this minimises the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.
  • DO Clean and disinfect anything used for transporting laundry with your usual products, in line with the cleaning guidance above.
  • While you are ill or self-isolating, arrange for all food, medical and other supplies to be delivered to your home and ensure that the delivery person /driver/friend does not enter your home.
  • Do not leave your place of residence; stay at home.

TEST:

You must attend your COVID-19 test appointment at the Grandstand at the arranged time. You can drive yourself, be taken by someone you are isolating with or use a pre-booked taxi.

ISOLATE:

Negative test: Even if you receive a negative result to your first test you must isolate for 7 days – with an additional test on day 6.

You should following the above guidelines for isolation with only one amendment;

You may leave the house for 1 hour exercise a day – away from other people and taking precautions (face masks and not mixing households)

Second negative test: If this result is also negative you may leave your isolation on day 7.

Positive result: If you receive a positive test result you must continue to isolate until you return a negative result. You will be tested again on day 13 (if the second test is positive).

RELEASE:

If you leave isolation on day 7 there will be only one ongoing restriction – not to enter Health and Social care settings until 10 days after your arrival, unless in an emergency, or with authorisation.   There is no legal restriction preventing you from returning to work, but this should be discussed with your employer to ensure the best plan for the business. 

Travellers – 21 day pathway (those who do not wish to have COVID-19 tests)

If you are arriving on the Island, and do not wish to have any COVID-19 tests, you will be required to adhere to the following restrictions on arrival;

ARRIVE:

Go straight to your place of isolation, you cannot stop on the way to enter any retail premises or visit any person.

ISOLATE:

You must isolate for 21 days, alone or with other travellers only, adhering to the below rules;

  • DO NOT leave your home for any reason
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • DO NOT take your dog for a walk or attend to other animals not kept on your property, you will need to get someone else to do it.
  • DO NOT allow members of another household to enter your garden or home.
  • DO NOT use outdoor communal areas, such as designated smoking areas.
  • DO NOT visit any health and social care settings – including GPs, Dentists, Opticians or Hospital appointments (unless you are seeking emergency medical care)
  • DO NOT go to your vaccination appointment. If you have one booked, you can re-schedule it for after the self-isolation period is competed. If you are self-isolating by choice, you can still attend the appointment.
  • DO NOT put your waste outside. Personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags must be double-bagged and tied securely.
  • DO  continue to use your garden, if you have one but you should only use it if you feel well enough and do not need to access communal areas to get to it
  • DO  stay away from other family/household members where possible to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
  • DO  clean surfaces and door handles regularly and keep rooms ventilated to stop the spread of infection. See social distancing and good hygiene.
  • DO your laundry separately - Wash items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting and dry items completely. Do not shake dirty laundry, this minimises the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.
  • DO Clean and disinfect anything used for transporting laundry with your usual products, in line with the cleaning guidance above.
  • While you are ill or self-isolating, arrange for all food, medical and other supplies to be delivered to your home and ensure that the delivery person /driver/friend does not enter your home.
  • If you live in a flat, all waste should be stored in a separate room inside the flat and disposed of once self-isolation has been completed.
  • Do not leave your place of residence; stay at home.

RELEASE:

Once you have completed your 21 days Isolation you will not have any further restrictions.  There is no legal restriction preventing you from returning to work, but this should be discussed with your employer to ensure the best plan for the business.

Travellers – compassionate

As a compassionate visitor you are required to follow the same pathways as above based on where you have travelled in 10 days preceding arrival to the Isle of Man, and whether you opt to following one of our testing pathways.

Compassionate visitors should refer to their direction notice for any agreed modifications to isolation requirements eg. to allow a compassionate visit to the hospital. These modifications will vary depending on your circumstances and the information provided in your application.

Isolation - frequently asked questions

Can I sell items or have items collected from my household?

Sales and collections of items from other households are currently restricted when at least one of the households is self-isolating.

Can I walk my dog / Can I walk someone else’s dog?

If you are currently self-isolating you cannot walk your dog, and must find someone to do this for you. When handing over a dog for exercise you should following these guidelines;

  • When collecting the dog, you should make sure you do not have close contact with the dog owner (or other household members). You must not enter the house where you are collecting the dog. You should maintain at least 2m distance from all the household members and we strongly recommend that both you and they should wear a face covering.
  • Where possible, the dog should be left for collection (and on return) in an area where the owners (and other household members) are not present – eg in a yard/garden or garage, shed etc.
  • You should wipe the lead and collar with a sanitised wipe on collection and return.
  • You should remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to the owner.
  • You should make sure you have the dog under control at all times to reduce risk of incidents that could bring you into close contact with other people and it may be best to achieve this by keeping it on the lead.

I live in a flat. Can I take my rubbish out and collect my mail?

No. Rubbish should be disposed of by someone in your building not in self isolation.

I have a carer. Can they still visit me in a non-emergency?

If you are in need of care in your home then your carer can still visit you, however they must wear full PPE at all times, maintaining social distancing and good hand hygiene for the duration of the visit. You must advise your carer in advance of the visit that you are in self isolation. The carer will need to perform their risk assessment if employed by an agency/government.

Can I move back into shared accommodation after I have completed self-isolation?

You may move to a household where other people live after your period of self-isolation if this is your usual place of residence.

Can I visit my GP or any other healthcare centre during the isolation period? 

No. If you require regular medication, you must make arrangements to ensure this can be dropped off to you. You can contact your GP for telephone advice if required.

Can I go to hospital in an emergency? 

Yes, in the case of an emergency you must dial 999 and attend hospital if necessary. Please tell 999 you are self–isolating, if you can.

What happens if I test positive while in isolation?

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

Advice from clinicians at 111, which will include amended self-isolation period

Your contact details will be passed onto the Public Health Contact Tracing Service so they can contact you to identify any contact you have had with other persons that might be at risk of infection. Anyone identified in this way will be followed up and advised, to help prevent further spread of disease.

Take the example of 4 members of a household: A, B, C and D.

Household member A is what is called a high-risk contact (direct contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19).

Household member B, C and D are not direct contacts so do not need to be tested but need to isolate along with household member A, until household member A returns a negative test result. If household member A goes on to test positive, household members B, C and D must continue to isolate.

If household member A tests positive on any day during isolation whether he/she has symptoms or not, he/she becomes the new positive case and will need to extend his/her isolation period.

Household members B, C and D then become high risk contacts (direct contacts of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19) and they are required to isolate for a period of 21 days or 14 days with 2 negative tests, from the date of A’s positive test.

Someone I had contact with tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

There is a chance that you could become infected with COVID-19 but it depends on the nature of the contact you had with the person and where they were up to in the disease process at the time you were with them.

If you had prolonged and close contact whilst they had symptoms it is best if you stay at home to help stop any spread of infection.

You are not required to self-isolate until you are instructed to do so by the Contact Tracing Team. However please make sure that you are available in case you receive a call. The Contact Tracing Team will be interviewing and assessing the positive case to find close or high risk contacts and you might then be identified for a call. In the meantime, you should take any necessary precautions to keep your distance from others, including those within your household and practice good hand hygiene, while also keeping your surroundings clean. See guidance on stopping the spread of COVID-19 for more information. If you develop symptoms, at any time please use the online self-assessment and call 111 if advised to do so.

For those isolating separately from your household

I have an annex as part of my main house. Can I self–isolate in there without the rest of my household needing to isolate as well? Or can my household move into the annex and I isolate in the main house?

Yes, either way is acceptable. An annex is a building or part of a building which has been constructed or adapted for use as a separate living accommodation. This is acceptable to self-isolate in as long as it meets the following requirements:

It has a separate external door – it must be fully accessible from outside

Facilities within that do not need to be shared i.e. kitchen, bathroom

Any internal access must be able to be secured from within the annex

This also applies to a mobile static or temporary home which must remain at a fixed location for the period of the self-isolation, so long as waste disposal and water provisions can be met by the person in isolation.

I have a motorhome. Can I self-isolate in there away from my household? 

  • Yes, as long as it is fully self-contained as detailed above, and there is no requirement to share facilities.
  • You must ensure that waste disposal and the provision of fuel is undertaken by someone in your household.
  • The motorhome must remain in place for the duration of the period of self-isolation. 

If the motor home is parked on the property can I access the gardens and driveway? 

Yes as long you do not come into contact with anyone from your household at any time.

Can the motorhome be parked on the street?

If there is a driveway available then the motorhome should be parked there. If there is no driveway available then it must be parked in the street outside your home to ensure that waste disposal can be undertaken. All steps must be taken, when exiting the vehicle to exercise, to ensure that the area is clear of other passing pedestrians.

I have an ensuite in my house. Can I self–isolate in my bedroom without the rest of my household needing to isolate as well? (For those on 21 day pathway or positive tests only)

No. The alternative accommodation must be fully self-contained as described above. If this is not an option then hotel or self contained accommodation should be booked for the duration of isolation. There is no financial assistance available for this.

Can I self-isolate in a tent /horsebox/converted garage/shed in the garden?

No. The alternative accommodation must be fully self-contained as described above.