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COVID-19 Guidance: Quarantine Information

Cayman Islands Government
Published: October 8 2020
Last Updated: August 6, 2021

Cayman Islands Quarantine Information

This section covers information relating to the COVID-19 quarantine process for inbound travellers to the Cayman Islands. It is important to note that providing false or misleading information or failing to comply with any of the required quarantine protocols can result in a fine of up to CI$10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to two years.

It is important to follow these restrictions for the entire quarantine period, even if you do not have any symptoms. This will help to protect our community and control any spread of COVID-19.

Please note:

  •  Any minors under the age of 18 are required to quarantine with their parent or legal guardian.
  •  New changes to regulations have come into effect as of Wednesday June 23, 2021. These changes include a reduced quarantine to five days for travellers who are able to provide a securely verifiable vaccination document and the reinstatement of 72-hour pre-arrival PCR testing for all travellers. Read more

All inbound travellers are required to undergo pre-arrival PCR testing if aged 10 years or older. Learn more here.

 

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

Please note, as of Friday, 23 July 2021, the Cayman Islands Government has expanded the list of approved global vaccination issuers. Read more.

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.

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.

 

  •  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.

 

There Are Two Quarantine Options

  1. Quarantine at a facility
  2. Quarantine at residence, wearing a device with monitoring technology

Travellers must choose one of these two options when they apply to Travel Cayman who will confirm approval of their chosen option.

 

Approved Quarantine Facilities

The following are facilities that are currently approved for quarantine. Self-paid travellers are to liaise directly with the facility for reservations and prices. Prices will vary depending on the package and length of stay. It is recommended that you book an additional day or two more than your quarantine period:

5 day quarantine – book 6 to 7 days

10 day quarantine – book 11 to 12 days

14 day quarantine – book 15 to 16 days

Travellers should always ensure that they budget for an extended stay in the event they have a positive test result.

  •  St. Matthews Hall | Contact: 345-949-2118
  •  Palm Heights | Contact: 345-949-1234
  •  Sunshine Suites |Contact: 345-949-3000
  •  The Ritz-Carlton |Contact: 345-943-9000
  •  The Wyndham Reef Resort | Contact: 345-640-3100
  •  The Holiday Inn | Contact: 345-949-3100
  • The Kimpton Seafire | Contact: 345-746-0000

 

Government Sponsored Quarantine

Government sponsored quarantine is currently available free of charge to Caymanians, Spouses of Caymanians, Permanent Residents, CIG employees and legal dependents of the aforementioned groups of persons.

As of July 1st 2021, Government sponsored quarantine is only available to persons in the following categories who can provide Travel Cayman with proof of essential travel.

Below are the types of travel that are considered essential:

  1. Students returning to the Cayman Islands from studies overseas;
  2. Travel for essential Government business; 
  3. Travel to represent the Islands at an international sporting event as a member of a national team
  4. Medical travel with a supporting medical certificate issued by a medical practitioner
  5. Parents, Guardians, or caregivers who accompany a child who travelled to
    1. an overseas educational institution; or 
    2. represent the Cayman Islands in a sporting event as part of a national team; or
    3. obtain medical services overseas.

For the purposes of this Regulation — “child” means —

  •  a person under the age of eighteen; and 
  •  a person between the age of eighteen and twenty-four years who is receiving instruction at an educational establishment or undergoing training for a trade, profession or vocation, whether or not while in gainful employment; and “parent” includes a step-parent and a foster parent”. 

 

Quarantine At Residence Programme

The Quarantine at Residence (QAR) Programme allows for travellers and local occupants to quarantine at their own home, or any other private residential property (once that property meets the requirement for QAR). All persons participating in the QAR programme agree to:

  •  Have the residence inspected for approval prior to quarantine
  •  Wear a Stay Safe Cayman smart wristband. Travellers will be tagged with the wristband at the airport, local occupants will be tagged on the day that the traveller(s) arrive.
  •  Quarantine in an approved location
  •  Remain in quarantine and abide by all quarantine requirements for the entire quarantine period.
  •  Not use any shared communal spaces such as pools, yard spaces, patios, balcony’s etc.
  •  Not allow any visitors who are not a part of your quarantine group, including but not limited to family, friends, maintenance workers, etc. to enter your quarantine residence
  •  Not allow any person or company to conduct any form of maintenance or repairs in the quarantine residence or on and around the quarantine property, this includes regularly scheduled maintenance, gardening and cleaning services. If there is a need for emergency services this should first be requested through Travel Cayman who will do necessary consultations and advise if the request is approved along with any protocols for carrying out works.
  •  Allow access to the mobile compliance team to conduct random checks over the period of quarantine.
  •  Always wear a mask when responding to Travel Cayman Compliance Checks
  •  Produce a negative PCR test result and await confirmation of release from quarantine.
  •  Return all monitoring equipment issued by Travel Cayman after being released from quarantine.

 

Criteria For Properties Used For Quarantine:

Travel Cayman will conduct an inspection of all properties proposed for use as a quarantine location to ensure that property meets the below criteria:

  •  No shared facilities (bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, etc.) with other persons or groups that are not in quarantine
  •  Allows for sufficient distancing from neighboring properties
  •  Access to running water and electricity
  •  Access to own bathroom facilities that are in working order
  •  Access to own functional kitchen facilities
  •  Adequate ventilation, with a window(s) that can be opened to allow fresh air to circulate
  •  Where there is A/C there should be a self-contained air-handling system, which ensures that units do not circulate air to other residences
  •  Allows for safe and convenient disposal of garbage
  •  Access for the contactless delivery of foods and supplies
  •  Safely accessible for welfare and compliance checks by the Travel Cayman Compliance Team.

 

Monitoring Technology:

The Stay Safe Cayman wristband is a hospital-grade, lightweight, hypo-allergenic, latex-free, and skin-friendly wristband. Washing hands and showering with the wristband on is acceptable but you should not submerge it underwater for more than a few seconds.

The wristband communicates via Bluetooth to a custom mobile app on a smart phone, and creates a virtual perimeter around your quarantine location.

If the wearer goes beyond the perimeter of their quarantine location an alert will be sent to the monitoring team. Alerts will also be sent if the wristband stops communicating with the phone, or the phone with the servers, or if it is tampered with, or damaged.

 

Airport Process

Upon arrival to Owen International Airport, Grand Cayman, travellers will be greeted by the friendly Travel Cayman team who will guide you to the relevant checkpoints. Travellers who are participating in the QAR programme will be fitted with a Stay Safe Cayman electronic smart wristband and provided with a monitoring device. Once all travellers have been processed by Travel Cayman and Customs and Border Control, they will be guided outside the airport where they will be taken to their quarantine location by an Authorised Transport provider.

 

Handling Of Items Imported By Travellers

Incoming travellers are discouraged from leaving suitcases or packages at the airport for collection by others. In order to minimise the risk of contaminated materials inside packages being imported, any items that are left at the airport on arrival are to be held for a minimum of 72 hours before being released to the public. Similarly, in order to minimise the risk to the community, items that have been brought back from overseas must not be passed to other residents during the period of quarantine.

 

Delivery Of Food And Supplies

While a household is in quarantine, food, medication and essential supplies should be ordered from suppliers who offer contactless payment and delivery. This means paying online or over the phone and having the delivery left outside the front door. There should be no face-to-face/in-person direct contact.

You cannot physically collect the supplies until after the delivery person has left the property or is no longer in the vicinity. Wear a mask when collecting the delivery.

Delivery personnel, relatives and friends are not allowed to enter the home or have physical contact with the occupants while they are in quarantine.

 

Breach Of Quarantine Protocols

Any break of these conditions is considered a breach of the Control of COVID-19 Regulations 2021 and may result in fines of up to CI$10,000 and/or up to two years of imprisonment. It may also result in immediate removal from the QAR programme and a requirement to complete the quarantine period in a government sponsored quarantine facility.

Please note that the constitute conditions of quarantine provided for by the Medical Officer of Health for the purposes of regulations made under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision) relating to the control of COVID-19.

 

Pets

Where pets are accompanying the traveller, permission must be sought from the Department of Agriculture in advance of travel. Click here for more information

Pets accompanying the traveller, or that are already on island, and will reside in the residence of the traveller during the quarantine period are subject to the following requirements:

  •  Self-quarantine at a private residence is required. This must be a stand-alone, fully fenced property with NO common areas, not accessible by other persons or animals not residing at the property.
  •  The pet(s) must be quarantined for the entire duration of the owner’s required quarantine, and can only be allowed off the property once the owner is released from quarantine by the Chief Medical Officer.
  •  The Director of the Department of Agriculture or his authorised representative may inspect the pet at the property at any time during the quarantine period.

Travel/COVID-19 Insurance

All inbound travellers will be required to attest to a statement which confirms:

  1. that they possess health insurance which includes COVID-19 coverage, or
  2. that they understand the financial risks they are taking, and that they have independent means to cover their medical, accommodation and travel costs

As prescribed, under existing Customs and Border Control legislation, government reserves the right to require that travellers who cannot show means to support themselves during their visit - provide a written guarantee from a sponsor, undertaking that the sponsor will be fully responsible for the costs incurred by the visitor during their stay.

In the event that you or a member of your party tests positive for COVID-19 prior to your travel, you may be required to cancel or postpone your visit.

In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 while in the Cayman Islands, you may be required to isolate yourself from the wider community, and this could lead to incurring unexpected accommodation costs. This may also result in you not being able to depart the country on the date that you originally intended.

Many annual travel insurance policies, or contracts entered into prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, do not cover COVID-19 risks. If you have an insurance policy, please check carefully that COVID-19 risks are covered.

Many private or employee health insurance policies only cover medical treatment in your home country, and do not cover expenses associated with accommodation costs and changes to travel plans. You should check that your policy covers your needs.

 

Contact Numbers

For general queries prior to travel contact Travel Cayman on (345) 743-8463

To receive assistance or if you have questions or concerns while quarantining at home, contact the Travel Support Team via email at TravelSupport@gov.ky or by calling 945 0556 or 946 7858.

The public can call 943-7233 (943 SAFE) to report a suspected quarantine breach. The hotline will be monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week by the Travel Cayman team.

 

More

Read the Quarantine at Residence Privacy Notice.

Read the Travel Cayman Privacy Notice.

 

Still Have Questions?

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