Gradual easing of travel restrictions for the Cayman Islands

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The past year has been one that none of us could previously have imagined. A year of closed borders. A year without travel. For many, a year without seeing family and friends. And for us, a year without being able to welcome visitors to our shores, and to our villas. But as the world marks over a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we are hopeful that things are, at last, looking up.
With mass vaccination campaigns rolling out across the US, the UK and here in the Cayman Islands, ensuring the most vulnerable are protected, we can look forward to a cautious easing of travel restrictions.

 

Quarantine reduced to 10 days for vaccinated travellers

In early March, the Cayman Islands government announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for arriving travellers (which has been in effect since the phased re-opening began on October 1st last year) would be reduced to 10 days for those who had been vaccinated. 

Though it’s not the end of travel restrictions, it’s a step in the right direction – and for that we could not be more grateful. And as a greater number of people, both here and overseas, continue to receive their vaccines, hopefully the need for quarantine will be reduced further.

Although at present only certain groups can apply to travel to the Cayman Islands (see below), if you are in one of those groups, don’t forget you can quarantine in style and comfort at one of our villas. 

For now, all arriving travellers – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not – must:

  • Show negative PCR results for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure
  • Take a Covid-19 test on arrival at the airport and again at the end of the quarantine period
  • Remain in isolation for 10 or 14 days

For travellers who have received the vaccine but are travelling with others who have not been vaccinated, the 14-day quarantine remains in effect. 

For full details be sure to read the Cayman Islands Government’s guidance on inbound travel. 

Vaccination programme gathering momentum in Cayman

The shorter quarantine announcement came as the percentage of over 60 year olds in the Cayman Islands who had been vaccinated exceeded the 90% mark. This was an important threshold to ensure the most vulnerable are protected. 

The Cayman Islands government has made it clear that our borders cannot be fully opened until at least 70% to 80% of the total population has been vaccinated. 

Although that sounds like a tall order, by the third week of March, 40% of the Cayman population had already received the first dose of the vaccine. 

Providing the next batches of vaccines arrive on time, it is possible that by early May all residents over 16 years of age will have received the vaccine. 

It is too soon to say what that may mean for international travel to or from the Cayman Islands, but it certainly feels like progress. Rest assured we will keep our guests updated. 

Cayman’s borders open to limited groups

At present, our borders remain closed to tourists. Permission to enter the Cayman Islands is restricted to the following groups:

  • Caymanians
  • Permanent residents
  • Work permit holders and their families
  • Persons who own residential property within the Cayman Islands
  • Students with a valid visa to study in the Cayman Islands
  • Persons with close family ties to residents or work permit holders – spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents and siblings
  • Persons approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program
  • Other visitors approved via the Travel Cayman team.

All those wishing to travel to the Cayman Islands must first apply via Travel Cayman.

Whilst we all wait for leisure travel to resume, there’s no reason not to start planning and imagining your next vacation. You’ll find plenty of inspiration and tips in our Insider’s Guide.