Border Reopening Phase 4 Criteria Is Applicable For Any Travel From Saturday, 20 November 2021 Onwards.

During this phase quarantine requirements will be removed 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).

 

Travel Restrictions

On Friday, 26 November, Cabinet issued regulations that restrict travel to the Cayman Islands from some nine countries in southern Africa and one in Europe.

The measures follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognising the variant first reported to have emerged in South Africa two days ago, as a variant of concern, which it has named Omicron. Other countries around the world have already taken similar measures.

In its announcement WHO noted that the variant had a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.

Countries from which travel is restricted include:

  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Persons who travel to, from or through these countries within the 21 days preceding their arrival in the Cayman Islands, must undergo PCR testing within 24 hours of arrival, and must also complete a quarantine period of not less than 14 days.

Travellers from these countries already in the Cayman Islands from these countries will also be required to complete a 14-day quarantine.

The regulations also detail provisions for persons who have been in contact with such individuals, including any other occupants of a private residence where they may be quarantining.

 

Travel Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to travel to the Cayman Islands. Prior to applying, please ensure that you are familiar with the current travel protocols:

Testing and Quarantine

  • All in-bound travellers must undergo pre-arrival PCR testing if aged 4 years or older.
  • Securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers are not mandated to quarantine
  • All arriving unvaccinated travellers and non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, must undergo COVID-19 testing the day after the last quarantine day, either Day 11 or Day 15 depending on the quarantine period
  • All arriving unvaccinated travellers and non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, must remain in quarantine and a negative test result and sign off by the Medical Officer of Health are required for the quarantine period to cease. See quarantine information for further details.
  • All arriving unvaccinated travellers and non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, must agree to the monitoring technology terms and conditions if they will be quarantining at residence, if applicable.
  • Minors under the age of 18 who are unvaccinated travellers or non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, are required to quarantine with their parent or legal guardian, if applicable.
  • Beginning 20 November 2021, the Cayman Islands transitions to Phase 4 of its border reopening plan. In Phase 4, the Control of COVID-19 NO# 3, 2021 Regulations stipulate that any traveller arriving to the Island who is not required to quarantine is, by law, to undergo Antigen-Detecting Rapid Diagnostic Tests (“Lateral Flow Tests”) on days 2, 5 and 10 after arrival. This requirement applies to fully vaccinated tourist visitors. 

Securely/Non-securely Verifiable Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Travellers that are securely verifiable and non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate higher than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel, will complete a Travel Declaration through the Travel Cayman Portal.

Once the Travel Declaration is completed the traveller will be prompted to download their Certificate to Travel. The Certificate is valid for a period of 3 months starting from the traveller’s travel eligibility date. The travel eligibility date must be at least 14 days after you have obtained a complete course of an approved vaccine.

Watch the video to learn more about completing a Travel Declaration:

 

All vaccinated travellers will be required present the original certificate at their departure airport and upon arrival at Cayman Islands airports.

 

Unvaccinated Travellers/Vaccinated Travellers with Unvaccinated Minors

Unvaccinated travellers, vaccinated travellers with unvaccinated minors, and non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers travelling from a country with a vaccination rate lower than 60% for the first dose according to the World Health Organization (W.H.O), will complete a mandatory quarantine period and will submit a Travel Request and require approval from Travel Cayman before entry.

Watch the video to learn more about completing a Travel Declaration:

 

Download Travel Portal Guidance

Border Controls

  • You and all members of your party must be in a category that is currently permitted to travel to the Cayman Islands. See inbound travel guidance
  • All travellers must meet Cayman Islands immigration requirements. Travel Cayman authorisation is in addition to normal immigration requirements.
  • If you are planning to travel to the Cayman Islands as a visitor, you require a visa if you are not a national of an exempted country.
  • If you are applying to travel to the Cayman Islands as a Work Permit holder or Permanent Resident, the permit or facility must be fully approved, with fees paid, and must be valid on the date of travel.

The approval of Travel Request applications can take up to 10 business days.

For questions and queries contact the Travel Cayman team directly by email at TravelCayman@gov.ky or you may also call our customer service representatives on +1 345 743 8463. Phone lines are open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

 

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More Questions?

Read these FAQs for answers about applying to travel to the Cayman Islands.