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COVID-19 Guidance: Travelling to the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government
Published: October 8 2020
Last Updated: March 30, 2021

What You Need To Know Before Travelling to the Cayman Islands

Safety First

Maintaining public health and safety in the Cayman Islands is a top priority for government.

Keeping the spread of the COVID-19 virus to a minimum on the Cayman Islands is vital and several layers of protection have been implemented to minimise risks. A multi-agency public sector team has developed a safe and effective quarantine process that is reinforced by:

  • Personal responsibility and a commitment to follow the guidelines,
  • PCR testing,
  • Monitoring through geofencing technology,
  • Random checks and penalties for non-compliance.

As of 1st October, 2020 entry into the Cayman Islands is limited to select categories of travellers arriving by air and our seaports remain closed to cruise ships until further notice.

Although approval to leave the Cayman Island is not required, Government continues to caution that outbound travel should be limited to essential or medical needs only. Until normal commercial air service resumes, persons who leave the Cayman Islands intending to return are likely to spend longer than they anticipated overseas.


Summary of Requirements For Inbound Travel

  1. Check that you are included in the categories of eligible travellers
  2. Apply to Travel Cayman for approval to travel and to request your choice of quarantine arrangement
  3. All travellers to the Cayman Islands aged 10 years or older are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and must provide evidence of a negative result at the airport check-in. Travellers who do not provide a negative test result at check-in will not be allowed to board the aircraft.
  4. All travellers aged 5 years and over will have a PCR test at the airport on arrival in the Cayman Islands.
  5. Travellers who have not been vaccinated must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and take a PCR test on day 15. Travellers who have been vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival may be eligible to quarantine for 10 days rather than 14 days. See Quarantine Info.
  6. For information on pets accompanying the traveller, or that are already on island and will reside in the residence click here

Requirements for Inbound Travel

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 approved visitors approved via the Travel Cayman team.


2. Apply For Approval To Travel

Persons wishing to travel inbound to Grand Cayman must apply for prior approval via the Travel Cayman portal.


3. Take Pre-arrival PCR Test

From 14 January 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.


4. PCR Testing At The Airport

All travellers (aged 5 and over) will be given a PCR test at the airport on arrival in the Cayman Islands and will receive their results within 72 hours.


5. All Travellers Must Quarantine For A Minimum Of 14 Days

Travellers who are unvaccinated and arrive in the Cayman Islands are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. A PCR test will be taken on day 15 and a negative test result signed off by the Medical Officer of Health is required in order for the quarantine period to cease.

Travellers who are vaccinated and arrive in the Cayman Islands are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days, provided that they have finished a full course of vaccine at least 14 days before arrival and prior to quarantine. A PCR test will be taken on day 11 and a negative test result signed off by the Medical Officer of Health is required in order for the quarantine period to cease. Households quarantining with travellers must also have been fully vaccinated 14 days before the travellers arrival.

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

Until children are eligible for the vaccine, adults travelling with children will have to continue to quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine Options:

There are three quarantine options. Travellers must choose one on their Travel Cayman application.

  • Quarantine at a Government Sponsored Facility
  • Quarantine at a Privately-Run Facility
  • Quarantine at Residence wearing a Monitoring Device with Geofencing Technology

Travel Cayman will advise travellers whether their travel application and quarantine selection is approved. Permission to quarantine at a residence is not guaranteed and is subject to approval by the Medical Officer of Health. Persons who are not approved to quarantine at a residence will be required to quarantine either at a government sponsored or privately-run facility.


6. For Information On Pets Accompanying The Traveller, Or That Are Already On Island And Will Reside In The Residence Click Here


Still have Questions?

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Cayman Islands Government, Government Admin Building, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Tel: 345 949 7900

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