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We are now in Phase 5 of Border Reopening. Learn more.
 

We are in Phase 5 of reopening the borders

Last Updated January 23, 2022, 11:18 PM

What Is Phase 5?

Phase 5 of the Cayman Islands reopening plan commenced on 20 January 2022.  Premier Hon. Wayne Panton announced this at a COVID-19 community update

All children, Caymanians, residents or visitors, arriving as travellers, will now take on the vaccination status of the adult they are travelling with, resulting in no need to quarantine for the majority of travellers. The children of unvaccinated parents will continue to have to quarantine, upon arrival, albeit all for a recently reduced shorter period of time (now for 10 days instead of 14).

All travellers exempt from quarantine age 5 and over are required to undergo a certified lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 7 (3 tests in total) at an authorised provider.

Travel
  • All vaccinated travellers (securely and non-securely verifiable)
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger
  • Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders
  • 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 visitors, including unvaccinated visitor children age 12 and over
  • Cruise travellers
  • 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).

All incoming 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

Testing
  • All incoming travellers age 5 and over must provide a negative result from a PCR or antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test taken no earlier than the day before departure.
  • Travellers under the age of 5 are not required to undergo testing. 
  • 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).
  • Travellers testing positive using LFT will be required to have a PCR test administered at the next available testing time. 
  • To read the LFT Guidance for Incoming Travellers Exempt From Quarantine, click here. 

All quarantining travellers and their quarantining household occupants are required to undergo a certified LFT by an authorised provider on day 10. 

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).
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger who are assuming the vaccinated status of their adult travel companions.

 

Process

Travellers exempt from quarantine must complete a Travel Declaration through the Travel Cayman Portal. To learn more,

Click Here

 

Screening/Testing

  • Travellers exempt from quarantine are to undergo a certified lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 7 (3 tests in total).
  • Travellers testing positive using LFT will be required to have a PCR test administered at the next available testing time and immediately isolate.  
  • LFT Guidance for incoming travellers exempt from quarantine has been issued.
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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.

  • Required for travellers and their quarantine companions age 10 and older who quarantine at an approved private residence.
  • Approved quarantine facilities/hotels
  • Approved private residences or other tourist accommodations
  • All quarantining travellers and their companions are subject to Travel Cayman welfare phone calls and physical checks.

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

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.

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) allowed the CI Government to manage the number of persons arriving.

Phase 4 became effective on 20 November 2021. The removal of quarantine for vaccinated travel and introduction of the LFT policy for incoming travellers increased mobility for persons wanting to travel.

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.

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.