Phase 3 became active 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.
This also allows CI Government and the tourism industry to develop capacity for dealing with larger volumes of travellers in preparation for high season.
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The safety, health and wellbeing of the people of the Cayman Islands remains our top priority. Phase 3 was implemented on 9 September 2021 but was adjusted, as announced on Tuesday, 14th September 2021.
The plan for the phased reopening of the Cayman Islands has always been to adjust rules depending on a number of factors.
In this case, the rules changed because of:
The following has changed
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You do not have to wear a mask if:
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
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.
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.
During this phase quarantine requirements will be removed for all securely verified vaccinated travellers.
It is anticipated that the local vaccination rate will be adequate, allowing for the safe increase in tourism and further relaxation of restrictions.
On Friday 22 October it was announced that Phase 4 of the reopening plan was expected to commence on 20 November, 2021. More details of phase 4 will be announced once approved by Cabinet. Read more
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. Read more
During this phase, unvaccinated children under age 12 will be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists. Cruise tourism remains prohibited.
More details of phase 5 will be announced once approved by Cabinet. Read more
During this 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.
More details of this phase will be announced once approved by Cabinet. Read more