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COVID-19 Guidance: Travelling to the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government
Published: October 8 2020
Last Updated: January 21, 2022

What You Need To Know Before Travelling To The Cayman Islands

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 decide to travel, 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, and know, to prepare: 

  1. Safety First 
  2. Travel Application
  3. Eligible Travellers
  4. Unvaccinated Travellers
  5. Vaccinated Travellers
  6. Travelling With Children

Safety First

 

Safeguarding public health and keeping the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum is a top priority for the Cayman Islands government. Several layers of protection have been implemented to minimise risks, including:

  • PCR testing,
  • Antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic testing,
  • Monitoring through geofencing technology, and
  • Random checks and penalties for non-compliance.

When planning travel to the Cayman Islands, ensure you Check That You Are Included in The Categories of Eligible Travellers

 

Travellers eligible to visit the Cayman Islands are:

  • All fully vaccinated travellers (securely and non-securely verifiable)*
  • Unvaccinated Returning Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders.
  • Unvaccinated visitors who have close ties to the country (Persons who own local properties and businesses, or who are a spouse, civil partner, parent, step-parent, child, grandchild, step-child, or grandparent of a Caymanian or Resident) 
  • Travellers below the age of 18 that are vaccinated with one dose when travelling from jurisdictions that only allow one dose for this age group
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger

No cruise travellers nor unvaccinated tourists (including unvaccinated tourist children) are allowed at this time.

*Please note: A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have completed a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival to the Cayman Islands.

The following vaccines have been approved by Cabinet on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health as of 9 November 2021:

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

Read more about who can travel here

 

Travel Cayman Approval

All travellers to the Cayman Islands are required to complete the online travel form via the Travel Cayman portal.

Please Note: When checking-in for a flight to the Cayman Islands, all passengers must present their:

  • travel authorisation certificate issued by Travel Cayman
  • their negative PCR test or antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test result from a registered provider, taken no earlier than the day before before departure
  • passport and any other standard documents required for travel


For information on the quarantine process and off-boarding process visit here. 

 

Unvaccinated Travellers

If you have not received a vaccine, you are still eligible to travel as an:

  • Unvaccinated Returning Caymanian, Resident or Work Permit Holder
  • Unvaccinated visitor who has a close tie to the country (property/business owner, spouse, civil partner, parent, step-parent, child, grandchild, step-child, or grandparent of a Caymanian or Resident)

All persons approved to quarantine at residence (10 years and older) are required to wear a GPS wristband throughout the quarantine period. For more information visit the traveller quarantine process page.

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.

 

Quarantine

Unvaccinated travellers (age 12 and over) are required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days along with all unvaccinated members of their household.

Travellers with non-securely verifiable vaccination records who travel from a country with a vaccination rate below 60% for the first dose of the vaccine are required to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days.

Unaccompanied unvaccinated children who travel from a country with a vaccination rate below 60% for the first dose of the vaccine are required to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days.

Vaccinated household members are not required to quarantine but will be required to undergo a daily LFT for 10 days.

 

Vaccinated Travellers

 

Quarantine requirements have been removed 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 (according to the World Health Organisation) 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)
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger who are assuming the vaccinated status of their adult travel companions.

A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have completed a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival to the Cayman Islands.

 
Secure Verification Process

In order to be considered a securely verified vaccinated traveller, travellers are required to upload their proof of vaccination to the Travel Cayman portal. 

Your unique QR code needs to be presented on arrival to the Cayman Islands, either electronically on a mobile device, or as a physical copy. Travellers should keep a printed copy on hand for verification on arrival in case you cannot access Wi-Fi at the airport.

Your QR code will be scanned by the Cayman Islands public health team to reveal your name, DOB and vaccination information. You must also present your photo ID to verify the name and DOB on the QR code.

For more details and frequently asked questions visit the secure vaccination documents page.  

 

Lateral Flow Testing for Travellers Exempt from Quarantine

All incoming travellers (tourist visitors and returning residents) who are exempt from quarantine are required to undertake lateral flow tests on Days 2, 5 and 7 following their arrival on island, whereby the arrival day is considered day zero.

Learn more about lateral flow testing and see a list of poviders.

 

7-day quarantine period

Travellers who are fully vaccinated but do not have a securely verifiable vaccination document, and who are travelling from and have spent at least 14-days in a country with less that 60% of the population with 1 dose, will be required to undergo a 7-day quarantine period.

Travelling With Children

  • All travellers over the age of 5 must provide a negative result from a PCR or antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test no earlier than the day before departure.
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger will assume the vaccination status of their adult travel companions.
  • Unaccompanied unvaccinated children age 11 and younger will be subject to the 60% rule for rate of vaccination of the country from which they are travelling.
  • All children age 12 and over are required to be vaccinated to be exempt from quarantine.
  • Travellers age 5 and over who are not required to quarantine are to undergo a certified lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 7 (3 tests in total).

For tips on International travel, visit www.exploregov.ky/faqs/planning-on-travelling-here-are-the-covid-19-restrictions-you-need-to-know 

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