The information needed to make informed travel decisions can be found below. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, border decisions will continue to be evaluated and processes are subject to change.
Travellers are advised to check this website frequently for the latest news and information prior to confirming travel plans.
What are the rules?
- All vaccinated travellers.
- Unvaccinated 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)
- Unvaccinated children under the age of 12.
- Cruise travellers.
- Unvaccinated tourist visitors (including unvaccinated tourist visitor age 12 and over) who do not have close ties to the country.
Unvaccinated visitors and persons with close ties to the island who are under 12 years:
- Apply on the Travel Cayman Portal and will be issued a Travel Declaration which is required for entry
- If travelling with an accompanying adult will assume the vaccination status of said adult
- If travelling unaccompanied and residing with persons (ages 12 and over) who are unvaccinated, is required to complete a mandatory quarantine period of 7 days
All travellers are required to apply on the Travel Cayman Portal and will be issued with a travel certificate which is required for entry.
Unvaccinated travellers, including children, are required to apply on the Travel Cayman Portal 5 days prior to departing for the islands and will be issued with a travel certificate which is required for entry.
Vaccinated travellers are required to apply no less than 72 hours prior to departing for the Islands.
Note: The requirement for a travel application does not apply to cruise travellers
Pre arrival testing is no longer required to enter the Cayman Islands.
All travellers are strongly encouraged by the Medical Officer of Health to complete daily lateral flow tests for their first seven (7) days post-arrival.
Seven (7) days of quarantine is required for:
- Unvaccinated travellers (age 12 years and over), NOT including unvaccinated Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders, along with all unvaccinated members of their households.
Vaccinated household members are not required to quarantine but will be required to undergo daily LFT for 7 days if they wish to leave the premises.
- Any person disembarking must have completed an approved vaccine course at least 14 days prior to embarking the cruise ship. (This also applies to captains and crew members).
- Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 years can only disembark when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
- Any person who tests positive for the virus or shows any symptoms of the virus is not permitted to disembark.
- Prior to arrival, a Customs and Border Control officer shall be provided with a list of the vaccination status in relation to each passenger and crew member.
- While disembarked, all passengers must comply with local regulations.
- All persons who test positive for COVID-19 by lateral flow test must complete a PCR test to confirm their result.
- Vaccinated persons are required to isolate for a period of no less than 7 days
- Unvaccinated persons are required to isolate for a period of no less than 9 days
- There is no requirement for a person to test once isolation has been completed.
Planning on travelling?
If you’re fully vaccinated and international travel is on your schedule, there are important things you need to consider and follow before booking your ticket. Given that the pandemic isn’t over, you’ll need to be more cautious to minimise the risk of getting sick and adhere to the proper restrictions in place.
- The current COVID-19 situation in your destination: Is the virus under control in the location you want to visit, or are they experiencing a new strain or outbreak? What’s the vaccination progress like? Is it considered a high to moderate risk country? These are all questions you need to ask to understand the travel risk before you decide on your destination.
- Travel requirements: Will you be required to quarantine upon arrival? You’ll need to consider that in your itinerary. Also, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test regardless of your vaccination status. Will you have to prove your vaccination status? In Cayman for example, you have to provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test before you’re able to fly here. What are the current requirements by the country you want to visit?
- Your current status at home: You’ll also need to consider your status at home. Are you staying with vulnerable people? In case you get sick in another country and need to quarantine, how will your work and home obligations be affected?
The COVID-19 situation is dynamic and can change in the span of a few days. This could mean when you arrive, the country could introduce new restrictions so you would have to adjust your plans before you go home.
Before you travel, plan for the following contingencies:
- Changes in travel restrictions: On little notice, you may be required to quarantine, take a test, or in worse cases, be prevented from re-entering your home country for a short period of time. Be sure to monitor the government restrictions and guidelines regularly.
- Extended quarantine: Extended isolation or quarantine may happen in your home country and if this happens, you’ll need to make arrangements for your extended stay. For example, in Cayman, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine regardless of vaccination status.
- The impact of being away: How will your extended stay impact your affairs at home and at work? Plan accordingly and ensure that anyone travelling with you has done the same.
Testing plays a key role in keeping Cayman and the global community safe so you must follow the testing protocol before and during your trip. Most countries require proof of a negative test before you can fly, and many may require you to have a negative test before you leave.
Currently, all persons over the age of 5 travelling to the Cayman Islands are required to have a negative pre-arrival PCR test or antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic test administered by a registered provider no earlier than the day prior to the departure.
Do you need a mask?
You’ve checked the details and planned ahead, and now you’re good to go. The next thing you need to do is protect yourself while travelling. This includes every aspect, from transfers, in the airport, on the plane, in your hotel, and everywhere else you could visit.
Mask-wearing regardless of vaccination status is currently still required on many planes, and many countries are requiring them as a standard in enclosed public places, restaurants and public transport.
Keep Your Distance
Physical social distancing of at least 2 meters is still enforced in Cayman as well as many other countries, especially to people you’re not travelling with.
Make sure you still practice frequent handwashing with soap and water. It’s also advised that you bring pocket hand sanitisers wherever you go to limit exposure and transmission in public places.
As frustrating as it is to have travel plans changed or ruined at the last minute, it’s important that you don’t travel if you have any of the following:
- You’re currently unwell
- You have had COVID-19 and you’re not fully recovered
- You’re waiting for your COVID-19 test results
- You have had a positive lateral flow test
It’s exciting to see borders open up again, but with COVID-19 still being a real risk, taking the necessary precautions before and during your trip is important.
To book inter-island travel contact Cayman Airways directly.
Please contact the Flu Hotline at 1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077.