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How the current Isle of Man border restrictions affect individuals wishing to relocate

The Isle of Man borders may be closed to visitors, but it is still possible for certain individuals to relocate to the Island.

The year of 2020 has seen a number of unprecedented circumstances both for the Isle of Man and the rest of the world.

In order to protect our Island from community transmission of the virus, the Isle of Man Government took the decision to close our borders to visitors in March and, despite the fact the Island has had no active Coronavirus cases since 3 June 2020, they have decided to maintain the restrictions for the time being to continue to protect Isle of Man residents.

The Isle of Man Government is continuing to monitor the overall risk of Coronavirus to our Island and has released a five stage framework to re-opening our borders to visitors when it is safe to do so.

It is still possible for individuals to relocate to the Isle of Man in the current circumstances. Individuals who are able to provide evidence of a contractual obligation to the Island are able to apply for an exemption to enter, despite the current border restrictions.
A contractual obligation could be a contract of employment or a property contract (including a tenancy agreement).

Once an individual has completed their application for an exemption and if they have been allowed to enter the Island under this route, they should be mindful that they will be required to follow any such direction issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, as do any other returning residents, which currently includes the 14-day self-isolation period.

For further information and to apply for this exemption, click here.

To speak to a member of our team, please email: locate.dfe@gov.im

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