Previously Chinese and Indian nationals visiting the United Kingdom and Ireland would need two visas. However the British-Irish Visa Scheme allows short stays between the UK and Ireland and vice versa. The introduction of the Immigration (Control of Entry Through Ireland) Order 2016 has now extended this scheme to include the Isle of Man. This scheme eliminates the need for separate applications and additional fees incurred.
Although the visa applies to short stay visits only and does not permit the individual to work it is hoped that this will encourage business visitors to the Island and thus open up new economic opportunities.