Cayman Islands (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If the traveller has completed a full course of vaccination by the HSA against COVID-19 disease at least 14 days before boarding they are not required to undergo pre-arrival testing and will be allowed to board as long as they present the original vaccination card at airline check-in and Passport control upon arrival.

You will remain in quarantine for a minimum of 5 days. If your vaccination certificate cannot be securely verified, you will have to complete a 10-day quarantine period.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine is required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 19.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Cayman Isl.;
– brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents or fiances of residents of Cayman Isl.;
– students.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
3. Passengers must obtain a “Travel to Cayman” approval at https://www.exploregov.ky/traveltime
4. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for up to 14 days. More details can be found at https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Ensure You Follow The Steps Below When Planning Travel To The Cayman Islands.

1. Check That You Are Included In The Categories Of Eligible Travellers
From 1st October, 2020 until further notice, travellers eligible to visit the Cayman Islands are:

-Caymanians,
-Permanent residents,
-Work permit holders and their families,
-Persons who own residential property within the Cayman Islands,
-Students with a valid visa to study in the Cayman Islands,
-Persons with close family ties to residents or work permit holders; such as spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, children and siblings,
-Persons approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program,
-Other visitors who can demonstrate a valid and essential reason for travel to the Cayman Islands

2. Ensure you have a confirmed reservation on an approved repatriation flight (Cayman Airways or British Airways) see (link to approved repatriation flights)

3. Check the quarantine information section to ensure you are familiar with the process and requirements. Failure to comply with quarantine protocols could result in a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to two years imprisonment. Any minors under the age of 18 are required to quarantine with their parent or legal guardian

4. Apply to Travel Cayman for approval to travel and to request your choice of quarantine arrangement.

5. Take Pre-arrival PCR Test 72 hours prior to departure
From 23 June 2021, all travellers aged 10 and older arriving in to the Cayman Islands will need to show evidence of a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. The negative result must be presented upon airport check-in. For more information visit the FAQs section.

6. Non-resident travellers must provide proof of health insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage, or attest that they understand the financial risks they are taking and that they have independent means to cover any medical and/or accommodation and travel costs.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated travellers are required to remain in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, with a negative day 15 exit PCR test before you are released from quarantine.

Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers who arrive to the Cayman Islands on or after June 23rd 2021 and who are able to produce a securely verifiable vaccine document will be required to undergo a reduced 5-day quarantine period with a negative day 6 exit quarantine PCR test. However, if you are quarantining with another person (or child) who is fully vaccinated but does not have a securely verifiable vaccine document then everyone in the quarantine group will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine with a negative day 11 exit PCR test. For more information visit the FAQs section.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated but do not have a securely verifiable vaccination document will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine period with a day 11 exit PCR test.

Any fully vaccinated person who is quarantining with another person (or child) who is not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine with a negative day 15 exit PCR test.

Vaccination Criteria:

Fully Vaccinated: A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have had a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival to the Cayman Islands (or prior to entering quarantine if you are an occupant).

Securely Verifiable Vaccination Certificate: The certificate must be securely verifiable according to international standards approved by the Medical Officer of Health. Currently the accepted certificates are:

-Certificates issued by the Health services Authority of the Cayman Islands

-Certificates retrieved from the UK National Health Services Mobile Application. Travellers will be required to open the app and retrieve their certificate in the presence of the Customs and Border Control (CBC) officer for processing their entry.

-A paper copy of the NHS certificate might be accepted as securely verifiable evidence if determined valid by the CBC officer processing entry.

-Additional certificates will be added to the list of accepted securely verifiable certificates once it is deemed that they meet the criteria established by the Medical Officer of Health.

For more information surrounding secure verification of vaccination records, see the FAQs below.

Approved Vaccines: The Following vaccines have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer:

-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) (single dose)
-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
-Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
-European Version
-SK Bio Version
-Serum Institute of India version ‘Covishield’
-Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)

In order to qualify for the reduced quarantine period travellers will be required to present their original vaccine certificate or securely verifiable vaccine document for authentication upon arrival.

If a person produces a false vaccination document they will be liable, on conviction, to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for two years.

The off-boarding (release from quarantine) process includes:

-Undergoing an exit PCR test, the results of which must be negative
-Clearance from Medical Officer of Health confirming release from quarantine
-Official communication from the Travel Cayman team confirming and authorising release from quarantine and instructions for returning monitoring devices.

The above process can take between 24 to 72 hours.

Visit the quarantine process pages for further details. (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info)
 

Lockdown Details

There is no curfew.

In some public places you must wear a mask or face covering. These include healthcare facilities, residential care home facilities, airports, taxis, omnibuses and any other place deemed so by the Medical Officer for Health. You may choose to or choose not to wear masks or face coverings in other locations. If you are indoors a public place and wish to wear a mask or cloth face covering, you cannot be denied entry by the owner or operator.

No more than 500 people may gather in public indoors, and no more than 1,000 outdoors

You can exercise outdoors and go to pharmacies or healthcare facilities, go to the beach, use boats and go to restaurants to collect food or dine outdoors any day of the week. There are no surname restrictions on outings.

All businesses may operate without the need to apply for an exemption. However, there are restrictions on certain operations.

Bars and restaurants may operate within their normal hours and offer indoor and outdoor services.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cayman-islands/entry-requirements
Data Source: covidcontrols.co