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Quarantine Programmes and Facilities

Cayman Islands Government
Published: January 24 2022
Last Updated: April 12, 2022

When quaranting, you may quarantine at residence, wearing a device with monitoring technology.

 

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

 


 

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, balconies, 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 neighbouring 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 smartphone, 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 at Owen Roberts 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 QAR 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 at the travellers' expense.

 

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.

For verified vaccinated travellers that are not required to quarantine, pets do not need to quarantine. Travellers can take their pets once pet inspection at the airport has been completed.

For pets arriving as cargo (unaccompanied), pet quarantine is not required. These pets can be collected by their owners once inspection at the airport is completed.

For travellers who are required to quarantine, our current pet quarantine guidelines will apply.

  • For travellers who are quarantining at private properties – CIDoA must review their quarantine property and verify that it meets our guidelines for pets quarantining at home. Pets will be required to follow the same guidelines being followed by their owners, no contact with other persons or dogs.

  • For travellers who are quarantining at condos, and hotels – CIDoA must receive a letter or email from the management or owner of these hotels/ condominiums, allowing the pets to quarantine at their property/ facility. Pets will be required to follow the same guidelines being followed by their owners, no contact with other persons or dogs.

 

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.

 

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