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The Cayman Islands is now in Phase 4 of Border Reopening. Learn more.

We are in Phase 4 of reopening the borders

Last Updated November 27, 2021, 6:21 AM

What Is Phase 4?

Border Reopening Phase 4 criteria is applicable for any travel from 20 November 2021 onwards.
Testing
  • Required within 72 hours prior to travel date for all travellers age 5 and older.
  • Required for all travellers and their quarantine companions aged 5 and older.
  • Travellers who are not required to quarantine are to undergo a lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 10 (3 tests in total).
  • To read the LFT Guidance for Incoming Travellers Exempt From Quarantine, click here. 
Travel
  • All 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) 
  • No cruise travellers nor unvaccinated tourists which includes unvaccinated tourist children.
  • 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
  • All travellers are required to apply on the Travel Cayman Portal and will be issued with a travel certificate which is required for entry. For more on Travel Cayman, click here. 
  • Travellers required to quarantine must use authorised travel arrangements.
Quarantine
  • 14 days for travellers travelling to, from or through Belgium, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • 14 days quarantine for unvaccinated adult travellers, travel parties with unvaccinated minors 
  • 10 days quarantine for non-securely verifiable vaccinated travellers who are travelling from a country with a vaccination rate below 60% for the first dose of the vaccine.
  • Required for travellers and their quarantine companions age 10 and older who quarantine at an approved private residence instead of a quarantine facility.
  • Approved quarantine facilities/hotels
  • Approved private residences or other tourist accomodations
  • Government pays quarantine fees at government-run facilities for essential travel only, as outlined by Regulations

 

  • All quarantining travellers and their companions are subject to Travel Cayman welfare phone calls and physical checks.
Travellers Exempt From Quarantine

Quarantine is not required 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).
  • Travellers exempt from quarantine are to undergo a lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 10 (3 tests in total). To read more on the LFT Guidance For Incoming Travellers Exempt From Quarantine, click here. 

Future Phases

As with any legislation in the Cayman Islands, the next phases of reopening need to first be approved by The Cabinet in order to be implemented as a policy or law.
 
The Cabinet made up of the Premier, seven other Ministers, one of whom is the Deputy Premier, and two non-voting members.  They meet weekly to make decisions. They formulate and direct the implementation of policy related to every aspect of government.
 
You can read summaries of their meetings here.
 
More details of the future phases of border reopening will be announced, and placed on this page, once approved by The Cabinet.

About The Plan

We're aiming to safely reopen our Country while locally managing the risk of transmission by maximising vaccination rates and continued surveillance testing. Read more about the previous phases of border reopening in the Cayman Islands below or scroll down to learn about future phases. 
 
  • A phased approach based on the best medical science and data
  • Acceptance of securely verified vaccination certificates
  • An acceptable local vaccination rate
  • Ongoing assessment of key Public Health and Healthcare indicators
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders
  • Keeping the community informed

Note, the transition between phases is determined by the CMO’s assessment of prevalence rates in key travel markets, vaccination rate, prevalence of Variants of Concern, the level of hospitalisations and death rates.

The Plan for Safely Reopening the Cayman Islands is built on safely reintroducing tourism to the economy and travel for residents and is a phased approach which allows for assessment at each phase. Assessments will be conducted using the best available medical science and data to determine transition to the next phase.

 

Transition between phases will be determined by the Chief Medical Officer’s assessment of prevalence rates in main Cayman Islands travel markets, local vaccination rate, prevalence of variants of concern, levels of hospitalisation and death rates.

 

As restrictions are relaxed, Public Health will continue to monitor the local prevalence rate and the spread of COVID-19. The trigger for introduction of Public Health intervention in all phases will be two non-related community clusters requiring hospital admission.

At all times, the safety, health and wellbeing of the people of the Cayman Islands remains the Government’s priority

Reopening LP Phase Thumbnails (1)Phase 1 became effective June 2021. Continued uptake of local vaccination and low COVID-19 prevalence rates in key Cayman Islands travel markets allow for the introduction of reduced quarantine periods and easing of other travel restrictions.

Reopening LP Phase Thumbnails (2)

Phase 2 became effective on 9 August 2021. Easing the monitoring of vaccinated travellers by the removal of GPS monitoring will allow CI Government to assess local impacts and build capacity to manage the increase in traveller volume anticipated with the opening of the borders in Phase 3.

Reopening LP Phase Thumbnails (3)

Phase 3 became effective on 9 September 2021. The limited introduction of tourism during slow season with some restrictions (including a flight slot management system) allows the CI Government to manage the number of persons arriving.

As with any legislation in the Cayman Islands, the next phases of reopening need to first be approved by The Cabinet in order to be implemented as a policy or law.

The Cabinet made up of the Premier, seven other Ministers, one of whom is the Deputy Premier, and two non-voting members.  They meet weekly to make decisions. They formulate and direct the implementation of policy related to every aspect of government.

You can read summaries of their meetings here.

More details of the future phases of border reopening will be announced, and placed on this page, once approved by The Cabinet.

Below are the summaries of each phase.

  • During Phase 5, unvaccinated children under age 12 will be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists. Cruise tourism remains prohibited.
  • During the final phase assessment continues of COVID-19 in the local and international contexts to determine when and how to proceed with further relaxation of restrictions, including for cruise tourism.