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Lockdown measures ceased on the Isle of Man on Monday 19 April. The decision was made after 21 consecutive days with no unexplained community transmission. As of 22 June 2021, the Isle of Man has 3 active cases of Covid-19,  which are stated to be in the community. Emergency legislative powers have ended.

1. Filings - normal services

COURT DOCUMENTS

The public counter at the court building is now open to the public. The courts resumed pre-Covid business as usual from 19 April, reverting to normal systems for filing on this date.

More information can be found on the dedicated Covid-19 page on the Isle of Man Courts of Justice website.

COMPANIES REGISTRY

The Registries Building is open with normal opening hours applying.   Litigation search services are taking place as usual. The Registries have asked that customers continue to use online services where possible.

LAND, DEEDS AND PROBATE REGISTRY

The public counter at the probate and tribunals office is open. The office is still encouraging users to email any essential enquiries. More information can be found here.

2. Can searches be conducted? - normal services

Company Searches are being conducted in the usual way through the online platform. Due to the re-opening of the public counter at the registries building, litigation searches can now resume per usual practice.

3. Certificates of good standing - normal services

The current procedure is largely electronic so is not affected. Requisition forms can be emailed to the registry, or a certificate can be ordered by phone. Further information can be found here.

4. Other searches - normal services

Land

It is possible to submit Land applications and requests for Office Copies and Survey Map extracts electronically. More information is available here. The Land Registry is now open and has resumed business as usual.

Deeds & Probate

Searches of the deeds and probate registries can be conducted online per usual practice. For further information, please click here.

5. Court sessions - normal services

The Courts resumed business as usual (pre-Covid) from 19 April. The public counter in the Courts building has now re-opened and all normal services have been resumed. Searches of the Claims and Judgements Register can now resume per usual practice.

6. Any travel restrictions - open with restrictions

The Isle of Man is currently operating at Level 2.5 of the border framework. This means that Isle of Man residents and key workers can freely travel and applications from family members, partners or those who own property on the Isle of Man are being considered. Arrivals from inside the UK, Jersey or Guernsey are required to isolate until they get a negative test result, whilst arrivals from outside this area must isolate for 7 days and can then be released with a negative test.

7. Other temporary regulatory measures 

The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (the FSA) has stated that the majority of staff are now working from the Authority’s offices. The FSA continue to ask that all correspondence and materials are sent in electronic form, and that any external parties continue to contact them by phone or email. The FSA will continue to undertake inspections which may be solely desk-based or include an on-site element if required. Further information can be found here.

8. Implications for economic substance compliance and residency

No formal guidance has been issued on the subject of economic substance.  Companies that are “relevant sector companies” (as that term is defined in Part 6A of the Income Tax Act 1970) continue to be subject to the economic substance requirements of that Act.

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