Baby/Child Passports & Visas
Obtaining a Passport/Visa for your child is probably the last thing on your mind after giving birth, but on a small island, you never know what kind of emergency can arise needing you (and the family!) to suddenly leave the island.
First and foremost, you must obtain a birth certificate for your child (and most likely also present the mother’s birth certificate) prior to making an application for a child passport. Much more information on getting a passport for your child is listed in the Visas & Passports section under the information on passports. If you will be seeking a US Visa, Kingston is the home jurisdiction of Cayman and where you should get a visa.
After you give birth to your child the hospital will issue a Live Birth Notification Form. The parents will be given a copy of this and the original is sent by the hospital to the Registrar of Births.
The next step requires one of the parents, if married, or both parents, if you are not married, to go to the Registrar of Births, on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue (Tel: (345) 244 3101/3103 or email: email@example.com) with the completed Birth Form, a marriage certificate (if married overseas) and your passports.
Residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman can register their children at the District Commissioner’s Office on Cayman Brac. By law, you must register your child within three months of birth, regardless of your nationality. There is no charge to register your child; however, a copy of your child’s birth certificate from the Registrar of Births will cost CI$10 per copy. Extra copies can also be ordered after registration from www.ciregistry.gov.ky.
The US Consular Agency is located in George Town at 150 Smith Road, Suite 202B Smith Road Centre, (Tel: (345) 945 8173). They are open for passport matters and notary services on Monday through Friday, 8am–2pm with the exception of Cayman and US holidays.
Appointments are scheduled from 9am to 12noon. Assistance in completing an application requires an appointment. Details of what you need to take to complete the passport process can be found on the Visas & Passports page. They do not deal with visas.
Application forms for British passports (renewals or new passports) can be downloaded from www.gov.uk/overseas-passports, along with a list of what needs to be submitted and applicable fees. There are special rules if you have adopted a child, or if the child was born through assisted reproduction or surrogacy. See the Visas & Passports page for more information and details of applying.
Contact the Cayman Islands Passport Office (Tel: (345) 943 7678 ext 6), located at Sussex House on Elgin Avenue, by the Immigration Department. Forms can be downloaded from www.immigration.gov.ky. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4pm for enquiries.
The Canadian Consulate is located on the 1st floor, Landmark Square, 64 Earth Close (off West Bay Road near the Strand Shopping Centre) and is open Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm. Tel: (345) 949 9400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They offer assistance in obtaining Canadian citizenship (and a passport) for children born in Cayman to Canadian parents.
The Jamaican Consular Office (Tel: (345) 949 9526) is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-2.30pm and can be contacted at Tel: (345) 949 9526. By law, Jamaican passport holders are required to obtain a visa to visit Cayman with the exemption being children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 71. Babies born outside of Jamaica of Jamaican parent(s), must first obtain Jamaican citizenship prior to applying for a passport. Visit www.jaconsulatecayman.org for complete information and application requirements.
The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs of the Cayman Islands Government and the Office of the Governor have assembled contact details for the consular representatives of other countries. See the Visas & Passports page for a list with contact details.
Children born on the Island to expats are not automatically entitled to citizenship unless one or both of their parents are either Caymanian or have been granted status or Permanent Residency. If you are on a work permit, your baby must be added as a dependant on your work permit.