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Planning on Travelling? Here Are The COVID-19 Restrictions You Need To Know

Cayman Islands Government
Published: November 20 2021
Last Updated: November 20, 2021

As of 20 November 2021, quarantine requirements are lifted for:

  • Securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers. 
  • Non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers who travel from a country with vaccination rates that are 60% or higher for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel. 
  • Caymanians/Permanent Residents who were fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (locally or overseas).

 

With more than 80% of the population fully vaccinated, the Cayman government is easing restrictions and moving to Phase 4 of the border reopening plan. This brings a semblance of pre-pandemic cultural, social, and economic activity that will invite a sense of normalcy as the holiday season approaches.

 

However, international travel remains a high-risk activity. Despite vastly improved situations in many countries, the world has yet to completely overcome the virus. So, if you plan to travel internationally, it’s best to understand the risks and the health protocols so you can plan accordingly.

 

Risks of International Travel

Even with international borders slowly opening given the global vaccination efforts, international travel must still be approached with the proper precautions. With the virus mutating to different variants, international travel increases your risk of getting infected with any of those new variants.

 

Before you book a flight to anywhere in the world, you need to be aware that being fully vaccinated – and therefore less likely to contract and spread the disease – doesn’t mean you’re completely immune. It’s important to weigh the risks against your reasons to travel.

 

If you must travel, here’s what you need to do to prepare:

 

What To Do When Travelling Internationally

If you’re fully vaccinated and international travel is on your schedule, there are important things you need to consider and follow before booking your ticket. Given that the pandemic isn’t over, you’ll need to be more cautious to minimise the risk of getting sick and adhere to the proper restrictions in place.

Plan Ahead

  • The current COVID-19 situation in your destination: Is the virus under control in the location you want to visit, or are they experiencing a new strain or outbreak? What’s the vaccination progress like? Is it considered a high to moderate risk country? These are all questions you need to ask to understand the travel risk before you decide on your destination.
  • Travel requirements: Will you be required to quarantine upon arrival? You’ll need to consider that in your itinerary. Also, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test regardless of your vaccination status. Will you have to prove your vaccination status? In Cayman for example, you have to provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test before you’re able to fly here. What are the current requirements by the country you want to visit?
  • Your current status at home: You’ll also need to consider your status at home. Are you staying with vulnerable people? In case you get sick in another country and need to quarantine, how will your work and home obligations be affected?

 

Prepare For Changes In Your Itinerary

The COVID-19 situation is dynamic and can change in the span of a few days. This could mean when you arrive, the country could introduce new restrictions so you would have to adjust your plans before you go home.

 

Before you travel, plan for the following contingencies:

  • Changes in travel restrictions: On little notice, you may be required to quarantine, take a test, or in worse cases, be prevented from re-entering your home country for a short period of time. Be sure to monitor the government restrictions and guidelines regularly. 
  • Extended quarantine: Extended isolation or quarantine may happen in your home country and if this happens, you’ll need to make arrangements for your extended stay. For example, in Cayman, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine regardless of vaccination status.
  • The impact of being away: How will your extended stay impact your affairs at home and at work? Plan accordingly and ensure that anyone travelling with you has done the same.

Learn more about the process of return travel to the Cayman Islands, here. 

 

Follow Testing and Travel Protocols

Testing plays a key role in keeping Cayman and the global community safe so you must follow the testing protocol before and during your trip. Most countries require proof of a negative PCR test before you can fly, and many may require you to have a negative PCR test before you leave.  

Currently, in Cayman, all travellers over the age of 5 are required to have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to your date of travel when arriving in Cayman.

For travellers who are not required to quarantine in Cayman, they must undergo a lateral flow test on days 2, 5, and 10 (3 tests in total).

 

Learn More About LFTs 

 

Wear a Mask

You’ve checked the details and planned ahead, and now you’re good to go. The next thing you need to do is protect yourself while travelling. This includes every aspect, from transfers, in the airport, on the plane, in your hotel, and everywhere else you could visit.

Mask-wearing regardless of vaccination status is currently still required on all planes, and many countries are requiring them as a standard in enclosed public places, restaurants and public transport.

As of the 24th September 2021, anyone over 5 must wear a mask or cloth face-covering in a public place in the Cayman Islands. You do not have to wear a mask if you are medically exempt or if you’re sitting and/or eating without talking.

Learn mire about wearing masks and face coverings in the Cayman Islands, here.

 

Keep Your Distance

 

Physical social distancing of at least 2 meters is still enforced in Cayman as well as many other countries, especially to people you’re not travelling with.

 

Hand Hygiene

Make sure you still practice frequent handwashing with soap and water. It’s also advised that you bring pocket hand sanitisers wherever you go to limit exposure and transmission in public places.

 

When NOT To Travel

As frustrating as it is to have travel plans changed or ruined at the last minute, it’s important that you don’t travel if you have any of the following:

  • You’re currently unwell
  • You have had COVID-19 and you’re not fully recovered
  • You’re waiting for your COVID-19 test results
  • You have had a positive lateral flow test

 

It’s exciting to see borders open up again, but with COVID-19 still being a real risk, taking the necessary precautions before and during your trip is important.

 

For more information, and to stay updated on the borders reopening in Cayman, visit: https://www.exploregov.ky/reopening-plan