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We Are In Phase 3 Of Reopening The Borders

What Is Phase 3?

Last Updated September 15, 2021, 5:08 PM

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.

Testing

Required for all

 

No longer required
  • Required for all
  • You must use authorised transport or drive self

Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated frontline workers

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

  • CIAA slot management system to manage flight schedules
  • All travellers apply on Travel Cayman Portal



  • Airport arrival: Authorised transport only
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self


Quarantine

  • 5 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated

Required for travellers not eligible for 5-day quarantine

  • 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
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

Why Did Phase 3 Change?

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 will be 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 are changing because of:

  • local transmission rates in the community
  • the current local vaccination rate
  • the prevalence rates and vaccination rates of travellers 
  • preparedness and capacity of our Public Health system

It is expected that in the coming days that the following will change:

  • length of quarantine for securely verified vaccinated travellers
  • geo-tagging may be reimplemented 
  • masks regulations 
  • public gathering limits

 

 

 

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


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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
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How Do The Phases Work?

How It Works

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.
 

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. An acceptable 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.

 
 

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.

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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.

What Are The Future Phases?

What Is Phase 4?

Phase 4 ribbon

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.

Testing
Required for all
No longer required
  • Required for all
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must use authorised transport or drive self
  • Required for unvaccinated children age 5+ after international travel
  • Up to weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated
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

  • 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)

  • 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


Quarantine
  • 0 days – verified vaccinated
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated
  • 14 days – unvaccinated

Required for quarantining travellers
  • 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
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

More Details

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 half 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


What Is Phase 5?

Phase 5 ribbon

During this phase, unvaccinated children under age 12 will be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists. Cruise tourism remains prohibited.

Testing
Required for all
No longer required
  • Required for all
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must use authorised transport or drive self

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Required for unvaccinated children age 5+ after international travel
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

  • 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)

Quarantine
  • 0 days – verified vaccinated (12+) and unvaccinated children under 12
  • 10 days – unverified vaccinated (12+)
  • 14 days – unvaccinated

  • Required for quarantining travellers
  • 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
  • Periodic spot checks on travellers in quarantine
  • Quarantine exit PCR test: Authorised transport or drive self

More Details

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

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.

Testing

No longer required

No longer required

N/A

Surveillance testing of frontline staff
Travel
  • All travellers welcome (vaccinated & unvaccinated)
  • Introduction of cruise tourism

Quarantine
  • No quarantine periods

  • Travel Cayman shuts down

More Details

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