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Travel - frequently asked questions

As of 4am on Tuesday 30 November 2021 the Isle of Man has updated it’s requirements for returning travellers.

To check your eligibility and what is required to enter the Island please read our Travel to the Isle of Man page.

Do I need photo identification to travel to the Isle of Man?

Yes. Travellers arriving in the Isle of Man under the No Isolation or Testing Pathway will be asked to provide identification on arrival so that we can match this against proof of vaccination.

What forms of photo identification do you accept?

We will accept photo identification, such as:

  • A valid passport (i.e. in date)
  • An expired passport
  • Valid EU/EEA or Swiss national identity card
  • Valid driving licence (full or provisional are accepted)
  • Valid armed forces identity card
  • Valid police warrant card/badge
  • Citizen Card or Civilian Card, available from www.citizencard.com
  • Valid firearm certificate
  • Valid government-issued identity card
  • NHS SMART Card
  • Electoral identity card (Northern Ireland)
  • NUS card (National Union of Students)
  • University/college ID card
  • Company ID card of nationally recognised company
  • Local Authority issued bus pass with photo
  • Young Scot card
  • Disabled badges which have a photograph of the holder
  • VALIDATE UK PASS photographic proof of age cards

As most children aren’t currently receiving vaccines, can children travel with me?

Yes. Please visit our travel requirements for minors page, which details the requirements and pathways for children depending on their age and countries they have recently visited.

Can children travel to the Isle of Man?

Yes. Please visit our travel requirements for minors page, which details the requirements and pathways for children depending on their age and countries they have recently visited or their vaccination status

What happens if I have travelled outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland) in the 10 days prior to my arrival in the Isle of Man?

If you have travelled outside of the CTA in the 10 days before you arrive in the Isle of Man, you will need to apply to enter.  Residents who are fully vaccinated will still need to have a Vaccination Exemption. 

You will need to apply for either a vaccination exemption (if you are fully vaccinated), or a Manx Entry Permit (if you are not fully vaccinated but are permitted to travel as a compassionate or key visitor).

Visit the Travel to the Island page for more information.

Do I need to have received a specific type of COVID-19 vaccine?

If you are aged 18 or over, you need to have completed the full course of any vaccination (either one or two doses depending on the type of vaccine you are given). At the moment only those who have had the full course of the following vaccines are able to apply to travel to the Isle of Man under a vaccination exemption:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • or trials of Com-COV, Com-COV2, Valneva and Novavax
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin
  • AstraZeneca Covishield,
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • Moderna Takeda

On arrival, at least two weeks has passed since the full course was administered.

If you are aged 12 - 17, you need to have completed at least one vaccination of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination.

What if I haven’t had a vaccination, have only one dose of vaccine, or my second dose was less than 14 days ago?

If you are not an Isle of Man resident, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria to apply for an Manx Entry Permit to travel to the Island if:

  • You have immediate family resident in the Isle of Man
  • You have an offer of employment in the Isle of Man for at least three months
  • You own property in the Isle of Man
  • You are buying property in the Isle of Man
  • You have entered a rental/lease agreement for at least 3 months
  • You wish to visit the Isle of Man on compassionate grounds
  • You are a Keyworker and require an exemption to enter the Island (please email the Keyworker Exemptions Team for further information Exemptions.IOMG@gov.im)

Visit our Travel to the Island page to see what restrictions you will need to adhere to on arrival.

Can I use public transport in the Isle of Man?

Only those who are NOT required to isolate on arrival can use Public TransportFace coverings are currently mandatory on Public Transport, and strongly advised when in crowded and enclosed spaces.

Will I be required to wear a face covering or social distance in the Isle of Man?

Face coverings are currently mandatory on Public Transport, and are strongly advised in any groups or events. . Each individual circumstance is different, but the following advice should be considered:

Hands – washing your hands properly with soap and warm water or using alcohol based hand gel and drying your hands thoroughly can help to reduce the spread of infections such as COVID-19, as can cleaning surfaces regularly and coughing or sneezing into a tissue, handkerchief or the crook of your elbow.

Face – face coverings are now mandatory on public transport including buses, ferries and aircrafts and when entering any health and care settings. They are also expected to be worn in crowded and indoor spaces with limited ventilation such as public buildings as as they can provide extra protection for you and those around you and can help stop the virus from spreading.

Space – COVID-19 spreads through droplets, especially in confined, close or crowded settings. It is a good idea to think carefully about which people you come into contact with, particularly if meeting with those who might be vulnerable.

Fresh air –Introducing fresh air into indoor spaces can help remove air that contains virus particles and prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is less chance of COVID-19 spreading when outdoors.

What will happen when I arrive in the Isle of Man?

You will need to complete a landing form no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival, as will all those you are travelling with.  When you disembark from the aircraft or ferry, please have the following ready for inspection:

  • Photographic identification
  • Your vaccination exemption email and QR code

If you haven’t completed an electronic landing form you will be directed to a waiting area until an officer can assist.

Do I need to take a test for COVID-19 before I travel to the Isle of Man?

No, however if you do have access to a lateral flow test, you may wish to take a test to reassure yourself that you are free from COVID-19 before travelling to the Island.

If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst in the Isle of Man you will need to complete a 10 day period of isolation on the Island.

You will be required to undertake any testing as per your entry requirements – for some this may just be an LFT within 12 hours, for some this will be isolation and PCR tests. Visit our Travel to the Island page for more information.

Do I need to do a PCR test in the UK if I am only transiting back to the Island?

Currently if you’re travelling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take any COVID-19 tests
  • quarantine on arrival in England

This only applies if you have not been outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the 10 days before the day you arrive in England. If you have, you must follow the international travel rules in the place where you arrive.

See separate guidance on travel within the Common Travel Area after international travel.