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COVID-19 Guidance: Travelling to the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government
Published: October 8 2020
Last Updated: September 23, 2021

What You Need To Know Before Travelling To The Cayman Islands

Please note, changes to Regulations, including the increase from a five day to a seven day quarantine period for vaccinated travellers with a securely verifiable vaccination certificate and the extension of a 72-hour pre-arrival PCR testing requirement to all travellers aged five years and older, come into effect as of Wednesday, 22 September, 2021. Read more

 

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.

 

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 Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 until further notice, travellers eligible to visit the Cayman Islands are:

  • Caymanians,
  • Persons who are legally resident in the Cayman Islands, including permanent residents and work permit holders and their families,
  • Children of Caymanians and residents, who are travelling with that Caymanian or resident,
  • Visitors who are aged twelve or over and have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine

Read more about who can travel here

To travel:

  1. Ensure you have a confirmed reservation on an approved flight
  1. 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
  1. Apply to Travel Cayman for approval to travel and to request your choice of quarantine arrangement.
  1. Take Pre-arrival PCR Test 72 hours prior to departure

From 22 September 2021, all travellers aged 5 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. 

 

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 September 22 2021 and who are able to produce a securely verifiable vaccine document will be required to undergo a 7-day quarantine period with a negative day 8 exit quarantine 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 (including a child) who is not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine with a negative day 15 exit PCR test.

For more information visit the FAQs section.

 

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

 

Frequently asked questions about secure verification of vaccination records

What is a securely verifiable vaccination record?

Why does the Cayman Islands Government require secure verification of vaccination records?

What benefits do I get if my vaccination status is securely verified in the Cayman Islands?

How do I know if my vaccination record can be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

Is my CDC Vaccination Card securely verifiable?

How can I get a securely verifiable vaccination record?

What if my vaccination record can be securely verified as described but I will be quarantining with others who do not meet these requirements?

What happens if I am fully vaccinated but my records cannot be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

Which vaccines are approved for the Cayman Islands as part of entry requirements?

When did the Cayman Islands begin requiring secure verification of vaccination records?

At what stage in the travel process will my vaccination record be verified?

Who developed the Cayman Islands' processes and technology for secure verification of vaccination records?

Are mixed COVID-19 vaccinations (for example one dose of one type and another dose of another type) accepted in the Cayman Islands?

 

What is a securely verifiable vaccination record?

“Secure verification” means that the validity of your vaccination record can be verified through the use of approved technological solutions.

Most securely verifiable vaccination records will contain a QR code. This code needs to be presented on arrival, either electronically on a mobile device or as a physical copy. It is strongly recommended that travellers keep a printed copy on hand for verification on arrival.

 

Why does the Cayman Islands Government require secure verification of vaccination records?

Having a system to securely verify a person’s vaccination status will help to reduce the health threats from COVID-19 disease. Secure verification will ensure that the vaccination record has been issued by a trusted authority, provides security of personal information and minimizes the risk of fraud such as the tampering with vaccination records.

 

What benefits do I get if my vaccination status is securely verified in the Cayman Islands?

If your vaccination status is securely verified in the Cayman Islands, you will be eligible for a reduced quarantine period of seven days, with an exit COVID-19 PCR test required on Day 8.

 

How do I know if my vaccination record can be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

The following are securely verifiable vaccination records:

  1. Vaccination records issued by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority
  2. NHS certificates with embedded secure features or those retrieved from the NHS mobile app or website which provides a securely verifiable QR code
  3. SMART Health Cards from issuers that are a part of the CommonTrust Network. This includes North American issuers, such as:
    1. Walmart Pharmacy
    2. Sam's Club Pharmacy
    3. State of California
    4. State of Louisiana
    5. UC San Diego Health
    6. CVS Health
    7. UC Health
    8. New York State (using the Excelsior Pass Plus platform)
  4. Vaccination records from the European Union Member States and other countries that meet the EU Digital COVID Certificate standard.
  5. Vaccination records from Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness

 It is anticipated that this list will expand as other issuers meet the Cayman Islands’ criteria for the secure verification of vaccination records.

 

Is my CDC Vaccination Card securely verifiable?

No, CDC vaccination cards are not securely verifiable.

 

How can I get a securely verifiable vaccination record?

Your vaccination provider should be able to confirm whether or not they offer a securely verifiable vaccination record.

Each traveller should confirm whether or not their vaccination record can be securely verified in the Cayman Islands before booking travel.

 

What if my vaccination record can be securely verified as described but I will be quarantining with others who do not meet these requirements?

If the vaccination records of members of your quarantine group cannot be securely verified, then all members of your quarantine group are required to undergo 10 or 14 days of quarantine. The quarantine period depends on the vaccination status of all members of the group.

 

What happens if I am fully vaccinated but my records cannot be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

Travellers who are fully vaccinated but do not have a securely verifiable vaccination record will be required to undergo a 10 day quarantine period.

 

Which vaccines are approved for the Cayman Islands as part of entry requirements?

The following vaccines have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer as of 23rd July 2021:

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

 

When did the Cayman Islands begin requiring secure verification of vaccination records?

Secure verification was introduced on 23 June 2021 through updated Regulations to the Public Health Act (2021 Revision).

 

At what stage in the travel process will my vaccination record be verified?

In Phases 1 – 3 of the Reopening Plan, vaccination records will be securely verified upon arrival into the Cayman Islands by the relevant authority.

 

Who developed the Cayman Islands’ processes and technology for secure verification of vaccination records?

The verification solutions we use are approved by the Medical Officer of Health. The Cayman Islands Ministry of Health & Wellness, in partnership with Computer Services Department, developed technological solutions which enable the scanning of QR codes to securely verify vaccination records from some issuers in North America, European Union, and others. QR codes are electronic data, similar to a barcode, which can be displayed on a smart phone or by presenting a physical paper copy.

 

 

Are mixed COVID-19 vaccinations (for example one dose of one type and another dose of another type) accepted in the Cayman Islands?

Yes. Mixed COVID-19 vaccinations two doses of vaccines approved for use by the Chief Medical Officer in the Cayman Islands (Astrazeneca, Moderna and/or Pfizer/BioNTech)  are acceptable when travelling to the Cayman Islands. If your vaccination certificate cannot be securely verified by the Public Health officials on arrival, you may qualify for 10 day or 14 day quarantine. 

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