Healthcare agreement set up by Guernsey and Isle of Man

It does not cover GP appointments, dentists or ambulance services and visitors will still need medical insurance to cover these. Credit: ITV Channel TV

People travelling to the Isle of Man from Guernsey will be covered for emergency healthcare and treatment in the island.

The two jurisdictions have come up with a reciprocal healthcare agreement whilst the 'airbridge' is up and running. Anyone travelling from the Isle of Man to Guernsey will also be covered by the same provisions at no cost. The details of the agreement are being finalised and will come into force once it has been approved by both island's governments.

However, it does not cover GP appointments, dentists or ambulance services and visitors will still need medical insurance to cover these. But people visiting both islands will be covered for air ambulance transfers from the Isle of Man and Guernsey to the United Kingdom, should they need specialist off-island care.

Whilst travellers are encouraged to secure their own travel insurance to cover unforeseen eventualities such as the need for emergency healthcare, we are aware that this is not an option for all travellers. This arrangement, which has been negotiated at pace, provides essential medical cover for travellers to both jurisdictions whilst the Air Bridge is in place.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, Guernsey's President of the Committee for Health & Social Care

The Health and Care Minster in the Isle of Man says the agreement will give visitors to each island a sense of relief they are covered if unforeseen circumstances occur.

A reciprocal health agreement between the Isle of Man and Guernsey was an obvious next step once the Air Bridge was established. No one wants to have to access emergency health care whilst on holiday but this will give some reassurance to travellers who wish to visit either Island that they will be able to access the essential services they need without incurring cost.

David Ashford, The Isle of Man's Health & Care Minister