Isle of Man

Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is a British crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea. The territory is formed of the main island as well as the following smaller islands: the Calf of Man, Chicken Rock, St Patrick's Isle and St Michael's Isle. The Calf of Man is inhabited seasonally and St. Patrick’s Isle and St. Michael’s Isle are connected to the main island by permanent causeways.

The Isle of Man forms part of the British Isles but not part of the UK; the Isle of Man is essentially independent but relies on the British government for military protection and international representation.
The chief of state is the Lord of Mann, the King/Queen of England, who is represented by a Lieutenant Governor on the Isle of Man. The head of government is held by the chief minister. The population of the Isle of Man is estimated to be approximately 83,000 people (2016).

The earliest inhabitants of the Isle of Man were Celts. When Norway invaded in 800CE, the isle came under Norwegian administration until 1266 when it was sold to Scotland. However, when Scotland came under English control, the island did as well.

Today, the economy of the Isle of Man relies heavily on offshore banking, manufacturing of high-tech products and tourism. The Isle of Man has long been a UK tourist destination but looks to continue to expand its tourism industry.

Due to its location, the island experiences a temperate climate and regular overcast skies. Nevertheless, the Isle of Man has fantastic scenery, diverse wildlife and a wealth of outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, cycling and water sports for everyone to enjoy.

Currency GBP, IMP: Pound Sterling, Manx Sterling
Language English
Capital Douglas
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Latest Alert April 08, 2021 - COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Isle of Man (08 April Update)

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Isle of Man. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus on the Isle of Man through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B.


Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals on the Isle of Man.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Isle of Man.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Isle of Man.

None required.

Safety and Security in Isle of Man

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Personal Safety

The Isle of Man is generally a safe place and crime rates are low.

Most visits to the Isle of Man are trouble free; the crime rate is low. Nevertheless, travellers should always remain vigilant, safeguarding valuable items and important documents.

Travellers should exercise caution when driving on the islands as roads are narrow and car traffic can be high. Also travellers should note that trailer caravans are not allowed on the Isle of Man without a permit.

Be aware that travel disruptions may occur due to weather, especially rain and heavy fog.

Ensure travel insurance is purchased before departing as medical assistance is limited. In the case of a medical emergency, evacuation may be required.

LGBTI rights have improved significantly in the past decades. Same-sex sexual activity and same-sex marriage are legal on the Isle of Man. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited.

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