Today the Isle of Man Government will further progress the process of returning Isle of Man residents to the Island in a careful and controlled manner.
Since the closure of the Island’s borders on the 27th March over 400 individuals have been in touch from the UK and further afield. Those individuals who have been in contact will soon receive an email setting out the process and details on what they need to do next.
This has taken some time and there has been much to consider. This will not be a short process and only small groups of people will be allowed to return on a phased basis. So although the process opens today, the Island will only be able to take a small group to start with of around 30 who will be randomly selected. This is the only way to safely start this process.
No one should apply to return who is feeling unwell. A health check will take place before you travel and if you are not considered fit you will not be allowed to board the boat. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation in the UK and will also need to pay for your boat back and your accommodation in the Isle of Man.
The Comis Hotel is the first hotel that will be providing accommodation to those arriving and will be carefully managed with a 24 hour security presence.
An Isle of Man repatriation form is now available online for people applying to return to the Island.