Last Updated July 21, 2021, 3:06 PM

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The Plan for Safely Reopening the Cayman Islands is built on safely reintroducing tourism to the economy and travel for residents.

It 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. Our goal is to safely reopen our Country while locally managing the risk of transmission by maximising vaccination rates and continued surveillance testing throughout each 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

 

Safely Reopening the Cayman Islands

Scroll down or click below to explore the Cayman Islands Reopening Plan in more detail:

  1. Guiding principles of the plan
  2. Phase 1: Reduced quarantine period
  3. Phase 2: Reduced repatriation restrictions
  4. Phase 3: Limited introduction of tourism
  5. Phase 4: Reduced quarantine restrictions
  6. Phase 5: Travel for Unvaccinated children
  7. Welcome Back
  8. Downloads

 

 

Guiding Principles of the plan 

  1. A phased approach based on the best medical science and data
  2. Acceptance of securely verified vaccination ceritficates
  3. 80% local vaccination rate
  4. Ongoing assessment of key Public Health and Healthcare indicators
  5. Working in partnership with stakeholders
  6. 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.

 

 

 

Phase 1: Reduced Quarantine Period

 

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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.

 

Who Can Travel
  • Returning Caymanians
  • Residents, Work Permit Holders
  • Others with close ties to the country (such as property owners)
  • No cruise tourism
Process
  • All Travellers apply on the Travel Cayman Portal
Transport
  • Airport arrival: Authorised transport only
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self
Pre-Arrival PCR
  • Required for all
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • Required for all
  • You must use authorised transport or drive self

Length of Time
  • 5 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated
GPS Tracking:
  • Required
Location
  • Quarantine Facilities
  • Approved Residences
  • Government will only pay for quarantine of travellers who conducted essential travel, as outlined by regulations
 Compliance
  • Travel Cayman conducts regular and frequent phone calls and location checks on all travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self
Safety Precautions
  • Safety protocols may be issued by regulators and industry associations
  • Scuba and snorkelling equipment permitted only with approval
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance PCR Testing
Gathering Limits
  • 500 people indoors
  • 1,000 people outdoors
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate at full seating capacity, with masks
  • Educational institutions and facilities, including camps and after-schools programmes may operate – social and sporting activities permitted
  •  Visits to institutional care homes and places of detention permitted with negative PCR test within 3 days prior to the date of visit
  • Visits to non-COVID-19 patients in hospitals permitted and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • No visits to COVID-19 patients in hospitals except with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies

 

  • In public places:
    •  (required) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses)
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and private property when required by owner/tenant
    •  (optional) wear face mask or covering when indoors

Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over to wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)

  • Public gatherings limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Processions, parades, etc, remain prohibited unless permitted by Regulations
  • No visits to places of quarantine or isolation
  • Frontline worker PCR testing continue

Phase 2: Reduced Repatriation Restrictions

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Phase 2 is planned for 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.

 

Who Can Travel
  • Returning Caymanians
  • Residents, Work Permit Holders
  • Others with close ties to the country (such as property owners)
  • No cruise tourism
Process
  • All Travellers apply on the Travel Cayman Portal
Transport
  • Airport arrival: Authorised transport only
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

Testing

Pre-Arrival PCR
  • Required for all
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • Required for all
  • You must use authorised transport or drive self

Frontline Workers

  • Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated
Length of Time
  • 5 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated
GPS Tracking:
  • Required for travellers not eligible for 5-day quarantine
Location
  • Quarantine Facilities
  • Approved Residences
  • Government will only pay for quarantine of travellers who conducted essential travel, as outlined by regulations
Compliance
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

 

Safety Precautions
  • Must adhere to safety protocols issued by regulators and industry which complies with CARPHA guidelines
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance PCR Testing
  • Up to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers
Gathering Limits
  • 500 people indoors
  • 1,000 people outdoors
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate at full seating capacity, with masks
  • Educational institutions and facilities, including camps and after-schools programmes may operate – social and sporting activities permitted
  •  Visits to institutional care homes and places of detention permitted with negative PCR test within 3 days prior to the date of visit
  • Visits to non-COVID-19 patients in hospitals permitted and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • No visits to COVID-19 patients in hospitals except with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • In public places:
    •  (required) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses)
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and businesses when required by owner/tenant
    •  (optional) wear face mask or covering when indoors

Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over to wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)

  • Public gatherings limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Processions, parades, etc, remain prohibited unless permitted by Regulations
  • No visits to places of quarantine or isolation
  • Frontline worker PCR testing continue

 

Phase 3: Limited Introduction of Tourism

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Phase 3 is planned for 9 September 2021. Subject to the achievement of an 80% vaccination rate, 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.

Who Can Travel
  • Securely verified vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over
  • Unvaccinated tourists under the age of 12 not allowed
  • Returning Caymanians
  • Residents and Work Permit Holders
  • Others with close ties to the country (such as property owners)
  • No cruise tourism
Process
  • CIAA slot management system to manage flight schedules
  • All travellers apply on Travel Cayman Portal
Transport
  • Airport arrival: Authorised transport only
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self
Pre-Arrival PCR
  • Required for all
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • Required for all
  • You must use authorised transport or drive self

Frontline Workers

  • Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated
    frontline workers

 

Length of Time
  • 5 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated
GPS Tracking:
  • Required for travellers not eligible for 5-day quarantine
Location
  • Quarantine facilities
  • Approved residences
  •  Government pays quarantine fees at government-run facilities for essential travel only, as outlined by Regulations
  • All hotels and other tourist accommodations
 Compliance
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

 

 

Safety Precautions
  • Must adhere to safety protocols issued by regulators and industry which complies with CARPHA guidelines
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance PCR Testing
  • Up to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers
Gathering Limits
  • 500 people indoors
  • 1,000 people outdoors
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate at full seating capacity, with masks

 

 

 

  • Educational institutions and facilities, including camps and after-schools programmes may operate – social and sporting activities permitted
  •  Visits to institutional care homes and places of detention permitted with negative PCR test within 3 days prior to the date of visit
  • Visits to non-COVID-19 patients in hospitals permitted and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • No visits to COVID-19 patients in hospitals except with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • In public places:
    •  (required) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses)
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and businesses when required by owner/tenant
    •  (optional) wear face mask or covering when indoors

Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over to wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)

  • Public gatherings limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Processions, parades, etc, remain prohibited unless permitted by Regulations
  • No visits to places of quarantine or isolation
  • Frontline worker PCR testing continue

 

Phase 4: Reduced Quarantine Restrictions

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Phase 4 is planned for 14 October 2021. 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.

 

Who Can Travel
  • Securely verified vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over
  • Unvaccinated tourists under the age of 12 not allowed
  • Returning Caymanians
  • Residents and Work Permit Holders
  • Others with close ties to the country (such as property owners)
  • No cruise tourism
Process
  • Vaccinated travellers required to make a declaration of travel and vaccination status
  • Vaccination documentation checked upon arrival
  • Unvaccinated travellers continue to apply on Travel Cayman Portal (requires approval to travel)
Transport
  • Vaccinated travellers with securely verifiable vaccination documents:
    • Airport arrival: Authorised transport no longer required
  • • All other travellers:
    • Airport arrival: Authorised transport required
    • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self
Pre-Arrival PCR
  • Required for all
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • Required for all
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must use authorised transport or drive self
Return to school PCR:
  • Required for unvaccinated children age 5+ after international travel

Frontline Workers

  • Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated

 

Length of Time
  • 0 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated
GPS Tracking:
  • Required for quarantining travellers
Location
  • Quarantine facilities
  • Approved residences
  •  Government pays quarantine fees at government-run facilities for essential travel only, as outlined by Regulations
  • All hotels and other tourist accommodations
 Compliance
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

 

 

Safety Precautions
  • Must adhere to safety protocols issued by regulators and industry which complies with CARPHA guidelines
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance PCR Testing (including school staff)
  • Up to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers
Gathering Limits
  • Decreasing the public gathering limits may be needed depending on increased public health risk
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate at full seating capacity, with masks
Transport
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate with:
    • half seating capacity
    • driver and passengers wearing masks

 

  • Educational institutions and facilities, including camps and after-schools programmes may operate – social and sporting activities permitted
  •  Visits to institutional care homes and places of detention permitted with negative PCR test within 3 days prior to the date of visit
  • Visits to non-COVID-19 patients in hospitals permitted and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • No visits to COVID-19 patients in hospitals except with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • In public places:
    • (required) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses)
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and businesses when required by owner/tenant
    • (optional) wear face mask or covering when indoors

Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)

  • Public gatherings limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Processions, parades, etc, remain prohibited unless permitted by Regulations
  • No visits to places of quarantine or isolation
  • Frontline worker PCR testing continues
Decreasing the public gathering limits may be needed depending on increased public health risk

 

Phase 5: Introduction of Unvaccinated Visitors Under 12

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Phase 5 is planned for 18 November 2021. Unvaccinated children under age 12 will be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists. Cruise tourism remains prohibited.

 

Who Can Travel
  • Vaccinated travellers and unvaccinated visiting children under the age of 12
  • Returning Caymanians
  • Residents and Work Permit Holders
  • Others with close ties to the country (such as property owners)
  • No cruise tourism
Process
  • Vaccinated travellers required to make a declaration of travel and vaccination status
  • Vaccination documentation checked upon arrival
  • Unvaccinated travellers continue to apply on Travel Cayman Portal (requires approval to travel)
Pre-Arrival PCR
  • Required for all
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • Required for all
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must use authorised transport or drive self
Return to school PCR:
  • Required for unvaccinated children age 5+ after international travel

Frontline Workers

  • Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated
Length of Time
  • 0 days – verified vaccinated (12+) and unvaccinated children under 12
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated (12+)
  • 14 days – unvaccinated
GPS Tracking:
  • Required for quarantining travellers
Location
  • Quarantine facilities
  • Approved residences
  •  Government pays quarantine fees at government-run facilities for essential travel only, as outlined by Regulations
  • All hotels and other tourist accommodations
 Compliance
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

 

 

Safety Precautions
  • Must adhere to safety protocols issued by regulators and industry which complies with CARPHA guidelines
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance PCR Testing (including school staff)
  • Up to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers
Gathering Limits
  • Decreasing the public gathering limits may be needed depending on increased public health risk
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate at full seating capacity, with masks
Transport
  • Public transport and taxi service to operate with:
    • half seating capacity
    • driver and passengers wearing masks
  • Educational institutions and facilities, including camps and after-school programmes may operate – social and sporting activities permitted
  • Visits to institutional care homes and places of detention permitted with negative PCR test within 3 days prior to the date of visit
  • Visits to non-COVID-19 patients in hospitals permitted and subject to the health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • No visits to COVID-19 patients in hospitals except with written permission from the Medical Officer of Health and subject to the
    health care facility’s physical distancing and PPE policies
  • PCR testing for unvaccinated children aged 5 and over who travel internationally is required prior to being allowed to return to school
  • Surveillance of unvaccinated persons by periodic PCR testing
  • In public places:
    • (required) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses)
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and businesses when required by owner/tenant
    • (optional) wear face mask or covering when indoors

Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)

  • Public gatherings limited to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors
  • Processions, parades, etc, remain prohibited unless permitted by Regulations
  • No visits to places of quarantine or isolation
  • Frontline worker PCR testing continues

Decreasing the public gathering limits may be needed depending on increased public health risk

 

Welcome Back

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This phase is planned to be first assessed by 27 January 2022. 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.

Who Can Travel
  • All travellers welcome (vaccinated & unvaccinated)
  • Introduction of cruise tourism
Pre-Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Arrival PCR
  • No longer required
Quarantine Exit PCR:
  • N/A

Frontline Workers

  • Surveillance testing of frontline staff
Length Of Time
  • No quarantine periods
 Compliance
  • Travel Cayman shuts down
Safety Precautions
  • Must adhere to safety protocols issued by regulators and industry which complies with CARPHA guidelines
PCR Test Frontline Workers
  • Surveillance testing of frontline staff
Gathering Limits
  • No limit on public gatherings

TBD

  • In public places:
    • (may be required) wear face mask or covering at health care facilities, institutional care homes, places of detention, airports, and businesses when required by owner/tenant
    • (optional) wear face mask or covering in taxis, ride-sharing, and public transportation (including school buses), and when indoors
Public Health recommends vulnerable (elderly and comorbidities) and unvaccinated persons aged 5 and over to wear masks when in public (or those aged 10 and over or Grade/Year 5 when in schools)
  • No limit on public gatherings
  • Processions, parades, etc, permitted
  • No visits to places of isolation

 

 

Downloads

The full details of the Cayman Islands reopening plan can be downloaded below

Download Plan

The Chamber of Commerce Presentation

At the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon on Thursday, 8 July, Hon Premier Wayne Panton detailed the Cayman Islands reopening plan. His full speech can be found here. 

The full presentation can be downloaded below. 

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Download Summary