Cayman Islands to reopen for visitors on Sept. 9, but only essential travel
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The Cayman Islands are closed for tourism at least until September 9. People traveling for essential reasons will be asked to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a mandatory 5-14 day mandatory quarantine.

People who get their vaccines in the Islands or in the U.K., only need to quarantine for 5 days.

The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the Caribbean to visit during COVID. According to CDC, the warning level is 1 and the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 is low.

The Cayman Islands Reopening Tourism – Latest updates

Cayman Islands reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

August 27 – Cayman Islands will reopen on Sept. 9 but will keep quarantine on arrival until October 14. 

The Cayman Islands government acknowledges it will be unable to vaccinate 80% of its population by September 9 when the third phase of reopening should start.

The islands will still reopen on that date. But visitors will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Cayman Islands plans to reach 80% vaccination rate by October 14, and only then lift the quarantine requirement. 

“We are not afraid of making a decision. What we are afraid of is people getting very sick from COVID,” Premier Wayne Panton said at a conference Wednesday.

Source: Cayman News

August 12 – Cayman Islands to receive travelers without GPS monitoring from August 9

Effective August 9, Cayman Islands started to allow (a limited number of ) international arrivals to spend their 5-day mandatory quarantine without GPS monitoring.

Also, the requirement to take a weekly PCR COVID-19 for unvaccinated frontline workers was lifted. 

The government looks “to assess local impacts and build capacity to manage the increase in traveller volume anticipated with the opening of the borders in Phase 3.”

This pilot test will be in place until September 9 when the islands are scheduled to reopen. 

Source: Cayman Compass

July 14 – Cayman Islands’ Five-phase plan to reopen for international tourism will permit fully vaccinated travelers to comeback from October 14

The Cayman Island Department of Tourism launched a five-phase plan to reopen for tourism by January 2022.

“My colleagues and I in government have worked tirelessly to develop this phased approach in preparation for the opening of our borders to international travelers – and we are pleased to announce the wait for paradise is almost over! Our guests will appreciate the impactful developments and enhancements we’ve made to the destination – surely proving that Cayman is worth the wait,” said Minister for Tourism and Transport, Hon. Kenneth Bryan on Monday. 

Here is what the plan looks like:

Phase 1: Reduced Quarantine Period – July 2021: Fully vaccinated travelers will only need to quarantine for 5 days.

Phase 2: Reduced Repatriation Restrictions – August 9, 2021: Travelers will not be GPS monitored anymore.

Phase 3: Limited Introduction of Tourism, September 9, 2021: A limited number of vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry.

Phase 4: Reduced Quarantine Restrictions, October 14, 2021: Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to quarantine.

Phase 5: Travel for Unvaccinated Children, November 18, 2021: unvaccinated children (under age 12) will be allowed entry.

Welcome Back “phase”, January 27, 2022: Cayman Islands will be welcoming travelers without travel restrictions.

Source: Cision Newswire

Special groups of people who are allowed entry to the Cayman Islands

People in one following categories can currently enjoy the beautiful Cayman Islands. 

  • Nationals and permanent residents
  • Allowed workers and their families.
  • People who own properties in the Cayman Islands.
  • Students.
  • Spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, children and siblings of permanent residents.
  • Travelers approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program.

Are the Cayman Islands open to American tourists?

Starting October 2020, the Cayman Islands’ government has allowed some American tourists to visit the island country. Aside from permanent residents and work permit holders also visitors with close family ties to residents or work permit holders such as spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, children and siblings are being allowed visiting.

For further information click here.  

Is health insurance a must?

Yes. It is, at least for now. Visitors will need to submit proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19-related costs. They could also show proof of wealth enough to cover any medical treatment while in the islands.

Are Airports open in the Cayman Islands?

Cayman Islands reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Owen Roberts International Airport, located in Grand Cayman, is open and serving inter-island travel to allowed visitors. 

COVID-19 situation in the Cayman Islands

COVID-19 Cases in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is one of the safest places on earth regarding COVID-19 infections. As of today, the country has 15 active cases and only 2 deaths.

Quarantine requirements

As of now, travelers will be expected to quarantine from 10-14 days regardless of where they come from or the results of your COVID-19 tests. 

Starting June 23, fully vaccinated can cut the quarantine to only 5 days.

Traveler Form

You need to apply for an Approval to Travel. Complete the form and submit the necessary documents.

Can people quarantine at their chosen hotel/rental property?

Probably not. The available options for accommodation during your quarantine are:

  • Government quarantine facility
  • Private quarantine facility
  • Personal residence. You will need to wear a geofencing device.

Choose one of these when you complete your travel application. Before travelling you will be notified if your chosen accommodation for quarantine was approved.

What general safety measures are enforced in the Cayman Islands?

The government relies on sensible policies and personal responsibility to maintain a COVID-19 safe zone within the islands. These are some of the tools they use to do protect locals and visitors

  • PCR testing
  • Geofencing technology
  • Random checks
  • Penalties 

To stay updated visit their Cayman Islands Travel website. 

Cayman Islands reopening border: Update Archives

July 26 – Cayman Islands’ borders to remain close for international tourism until at least September 9, said Minister

Effective July 19, tourists willing to visit the Cayman Islands will need to justify the motives they have to travel to the territory, said Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan at the Finance Committee.

Inbound and outbound flights continue to be permitted for essential travel only and it is not possible to travel for leisure at the moment. 

Returning nationals, students, and people traveling for medical treatments are among the people who could be allowed entry. 

These visitors will need to submit their “reasons to travel” to Cayman Airways for evaluation and approval.

Source: Cayman News Service

July 1 – the Cayman Islands reintroduces a 10-day quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from June 25

Two days after reducing mandatory quarantine to 5 days for fully vaccinated travelers, Cayman Island authorities decided to give that benefit only to people who have been vaccinated in the Islands or in the U.K. 

This new policy will continue until certificates from other countries can be securely verified by authorities in Cayman, said the outgoing interim director of Travel Cayman, Matthew Hylton.

Due to these and other restrictions the tourism industry is struggling to survive. Cayman Islands Tourism Association president Marc Langevin has stated the territory has only seen 5,000 visitors since the pandemic began.

Source: CaymanCompass

June 19 – Cayman Island will reduce quarantine to 5 days for fully vaccinated travelers from June 23 

It has been more than 300 days since the Cayman Islands recorded their last case of community transmission of COVID-19. With only 2 deaths so far, the government continues to be especially cautious about keeping the virus out of their borders. 

Effective June 23, vaccinated visitors will see their mandatory quarantine reduced to only 5 days.

What remains unknown is the date this British overseas territory will fully reopen for tourism.

“Our plan is based on a number of people vaccinated so that the vulnerable in our community, who can’t get vaccinated, are protected. Once we do reopen our border, and we will, in our plan we will slowly reintroduce tourism without having thousands of people at the airport.” said Premier Wayne Panton on Wednesday.

(Source: Cayman Compass)

June 5 – Cayman Islands to reduce quarantine from 10 to 5 days after summer.

The Cayman Island is considering reducing the quarantine requirement from 10 to 5 days – probably – after summer. 

But not everything is good news. The government also plans to introduce a compulsory vaccine requirement for future overseas work permit holders and for those workers who want to have their permit renewed.

Premier Wayne Panton still considers this whole process a risk for the nation. “This process obviously involves an increase in risk for us, … our success depends on a number of factors, not just our own internal preparations but what is happening in the… gateway countries,” he said.

What is clear is that borders are unlikely to reopen in summer. This is because according to the Panton, nothing was ready for the new governor to start working on a full reopening plan.

(Source: Cayman Compass)

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