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What is changing with the Isle of Man’s border restrictions on 1 May 2021?

On 1 May 2021 the Isle of Man will move from level 4 to level 3 of its Borders Framework.  It means that more people will be able to apply to travel to the Isle of Man.  This includes:

  • Immediate family members and partners of Isle of Man residents
  • Anyone who owns property in the Isle of Man
  • Any non-resident who has a contract of employment on the Island for at least three months.

The restriction around Isle of Man residents only being allowed to travel off-Island for essential reasons will also be lifted.

 

Why are these changes being made to border restrictions?

The changes are part of the Isle of Man Government’s COVID-19 Exit Framework, which sets out the Government’s plan to move away from trying to eliminate COVID-19 to adapting to live in a world with the virus. 

The change in approach is possible for two reasons:

  1. The Isle of Man’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is well advanced with the majority of the Island’s population now having some protection against the virus. This is important as it means people are less likely to die from or become seriously ill with the virus.

  2. The level of infection in the United Kingdom – from where the majority of travel to the Island originates – has fallen significantly. At the end of April 2021 the level of infection had fallen well below the 100 cases per 100,000. Like the Isle of Man, the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is also well advanced, which also helps to reduce the spread of the virus.

The United Kingdom has border controls in place such as travel bans from “Red List” countries with high levels of infection.  These controls help to protect the Isle of Man.

 

How can I apply for an exemption to travel to the Isle of Man?

You can apply online or in writing.  Full details can be found on the Application forms and landing forms page

You should not book any travel to the Island before your application is considered.

 

What counts as immediate family?

Immediate family of as Isle of Man resident includes the following:

  • Spouse or partner
  • Father, mother, stepfather, stepmother
  • Son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter
  • Sister, brother, stepbrother, stepsister
  • Grandmother, grandfather
  • Grandson, granddaughter
  • The spouse or partner of any of the above.

 

Are there any isolation or testing requirements when travelling to the Isle of Man?

Yes.  Anyone who travels to the Island must self-isolate for 21 days upon their arrival unless they agree to undergo testing for COVID-19.  If they agree to undergo testing, the isolation period is reduced from 21 days to seven days* with restrictions in place between days seven and 10.

*Additional restrictions apply for anyone who has travelled outside of Guernsey, Jersey and the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the Isle of Man.  This includes travel to the Republic of Ireland.

 

I have travelled outside of British Islands in the past 14 days and haven’t isolated – will this affect my isolation period?

Yes.  Anyone who has travelled outside of Guernsey, Jersey and the United Kingdom in the past 14 days must self-isolate for 21 days upon their arrival in the Isle of Man unless they agree to undergo testing for COVID-19.  If they agree to undergo testing, which now consists of an arrival test (day 0) and an exit test (day 13), the isolation period is reduced from 21 days to 14 days.

If you are in a “Red List” country, you may be stopped from entering the UK to get to the Island.

 

How many tests will be required and when? How much do tests cost?

Anyone arriving in the Isle of Man who agrees to undergo testing for COVID-19 will need an arrival test for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours after arrival (day 0), and another test on day 6 or day 13 of their self-isolation period. Members of the traveller’s household do have to self-isolate but they do not need to be tested.

There are different testing pathways for various circumstances such as key workers and those who have travelled outside of the British Islands in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the Isle of Man. 

From 1 May, tests will be £30 each.

 

How do I get a test?

Full details of how to arrange a test for COVID-19 are included in the direction notice issued to travellers when they arrive on the Island.  More details can be on the Testing & Results page.

 

Can someone who has travelled isolate in my home?

Yes, someone who is travelling to the Isle of Man may stay in a household with people who have not travelled, so long as the traveller agrees to undergo testing for COVID-19. Members of the traveller’s household do have to self-isolate but they do not need to be tested.

Shared isolation is only allowed for travellers who have been in Guernsey, Jersey and the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to travel.

 

How long does a traveller have to isolate for?

For those instructed to isolate for seven days, the traveller may exit isolation at noon on day 7 if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result (day of arrival being day 0), but restrictions will be imposed on days 7-10.

On days 7-10 the traveller will be restricted from high risk/public settings, for example public transport, restaurants, bars, theatres, cinemas, or any other venues where people gather. Access to shops is allowed, but only for essential supplies and a face covering should be worn. Access to education settings and to health and care settings is also not allowed – except to seek emergency medical treatment.  Full details will be set out in the direction notice.

During day seven to 10, returning residents or those travelling to the Island for employment purposes should not attend their workplace if their role requires them to interact with members of the public in a face to face setting.  Where it is appropriate for someone to attend their workplace between day seven and 10, their employer should carry out a risk assessment.  Full details will be set out in the direction notice.

 

Can the traveller go to a shop/petrol station/friend’s house etc. before going to their place of isolation?

No, the traveller must go directly to their place of isolation upon arrival on the Island, and must not visit/enter any other premises.

 

Do I have to isolate if the traveller is staying in my house? If so, for how long?

Yes, the whole household will be required to isolate along with the traveller for 7 days, and will then be unrestricted on days 7-10 subject to the traveller returning a negative test on day 6.

 

Do members of the household have to be tested? If so, when?

No, members of the traveller’s household do not require tests.

 

If the traveller does not want to be tested, how long is the isolation period?

If the traveller opts out of tests, they will be required to isolate for 21 days and will not be allowed to isolate in shared accommodation apart from with those they travelled with.

 

Can the traveller exercise outdoors?

Following a negative arrival test, the traveller may exercise outdoors, away from others, for a maximum of one hour a day, wearing a face covering.

 

Will the traveller need to apply for an exemption to travel?

Yes, applications to request an exemption to travel to the Island for immediate family members/partners of Manx residents/Island property owners are required. Applications can be made online or in writing and visitors are advised not to book travel before their application is approved.

 

What declarations will those travelling need to make? What are the penalties if a false declaration is made?

Applicants will be asked to declare that they have not been outside of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey or Guernsey for 14 days prior to their arrival on the Island.

The penalty for providing false information is a maximum penalty (summary – 3 months custody, a fine not exceeding 4 times level 5 on the standard scale (£40,000) or both).

 

What proof will I need to show I am visiting a family member/I am a property owner?

Travellers will need to declare the family relationship as part of their application, with false declarations being a criminal offence and subject to penalties (described above). At this stage we are not requesting documentary evidence.

Property owners will be asked to declare ownership and explain how this can be evidenced. There will be a range of documents that can be used and it will be the applicant’s responsibility to show that the property is registered in their name.

 

How long will this process take?

The majority of applicants will be processed quickly (same day approvals) as it is an automated system as long as the applicant has not been outside of Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, or the United Kingdom for 14 days prior to their arrival on the Island. However if the applicant declares that they have been outside of the above countries in the 14 days prior to arrival on the Island, it will be a manual process requiring more time (up to 5 days).

 

I have travelled and arrived on the Island before 1 May 2021. Can I apply these measures to my current isolation period?

Anyone who has recently travelled to the Island and was in self-isolation at 12.01 on Friday 30 April will have their isolation period reduced from 14 to seven days. This change is only applicable to those who have been in the UK or Channel Islands for 14 days prior to their arrival onto the Island and opted to undertake the testing pathway on their arrival.  The reduced isolation is subject to a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 - with additional restrictions in place between days 7 and 10.  They will also be eligible to claim a refund for any variance in testing costs where applicable. The Travel Notification Service will contact those affected.

 

Can I go to work from day 7 after returning a negative test?

You may not return to work if you are in a public-facing role. Otherwise it is for your employer to decide whether or not you may return to work, and what mitigations need to be in place on days 7-10.

 

If I have already applied for my exemption as a returning resident but am travelling back after 1 May, will the new or old rules apply to me?

The rules that apply to you will be those laid out on your individual approval. You should follow what is written in your approval, and contact the Travel Notification Service on +44 1624 687171 if you are unsure.

 

Is there a minimum number of days travellers can book to visit so the full testing is carried out?

No we have not set a minimum number of days travellers can book to visit.

 

As there is no minimum number of days travellers can book to visit, if the traveller is coming to the Island for 3 days and gets a positive result on arrival, should they contact their travel provider to reschedule their return journey, and how long would they have to stay for? 

If the traveller tested positive on arrival, the traveller would be required to self-isolate in the accommodation they are staying in for a minimum of 10 days.

 

If the traveller leaves after, for example, three days, is the household required to continue to self-isolate for the remaining four days?

Yes. The traveller is required to inform TNS prior to leaving and a surveillance swab will be offered to the household at no cost.