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Travel advice

Updated 25 February 2021

As part of Isle of Man Government response to COVID-19 pandemic, a Borders Framework has been developed to reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19 infection.

See Borders Framework for the latest restrictions in place. 

The advice at the present time is that Isle of Man residents should not travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise British people against all non-essential travel to certain destinations worldwide.

We appreciate that many travellers may have already pre-booked holidays, flights or sailings to travel to the UK or further afield.

If you do plan to travel, please contact your travel provider for help or advice with your bookings or to make any necessary changes which may be required as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting our everyday lives, the safety of passengers departing and arriving on island remains a top priority. 

Passengers should continue to regularly check website content issued by local and off island travel providers as information continues to change.

Local advice for travellers:

Isle of Man Steam Packet

Isle of Man Airport

Airport safety and security

UK travel advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors
All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended.
UK Border Control: Entering the UK Anyone arriving in England must quarantine for 10 days and take 2 coronavirus tests while you are in quarantine.

UK - National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the UK. Find out what you can and cannot do.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers
How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law. Different rules exist in different parts of the UK.

Also see: Isle of Man Guidance on facemasks

Registration and Application to travel

Current Border restrictions in the Isle of Man require passengers to register and complete a landing form prior to arrival.

For details see the Travel Registration and Landing Form Process section.

Departure Port: Check-in Process

When you arrive at the port/airport the Port or the Airport Security officer will ask arriving passengers to show a copy of your Entry/Exemption Certificate, you can then check-in as usual.

Arriving in the Isle of Man

When you arrive at the port/airport the Port or the Airport Security officer will ask arriving passengers to show a copy of your or Entry/Exemption Certificate, photographic ID or a copy of your completed Landing Form.

If you have not already done so this registration process should be completed no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Isle of Man residents who have already registered, will only need to show their Landing Form.

Visit the Application and Landing Forms page for more details on how to do this.

Transport on arrival

  • Arriving passengers cannot use public transport
  • Hire cars should dropped off to a designated area for collection on your arrival
  • You may drive your own vehicle home or to the place you will self-isolate
  • You may use a pre-booked taxi service (check guidance in place with providers)
  • You may also be collected by a member of your household - this only applies if you have been given specific permission to isolate together (i.e. patient return where the patient needs care, or a child)

All arriving passengers should then travel from the port/airport to their accommodation or home.  

Failure to adhere to the conditions of your self-isolation is an offence under the Entry Restriction Regulations or the Potentially Infectious Persons Regulations.

The travel entry processes in place will help arriving travellers to fully understand the self-isolation rules which includes the penalty for non-compliance, this may also include up to 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £10,000.

For further guidance see: Self Isolation