As Coronavirus cases remain high worldwide, travel into and out of the Cayman Islands has been impacted as the government continues to carefully manage the risks involved.
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1. Preparing for Your Flight
Prior to booking your flight, persons wishing to travel to Cayman must first apply for pre-travel approval via the TravelCayman portal. When applying for pre-travel approval, travellers must declare their preferred quarantine option, agree to undergo pre-arrival PCR testing up to 72 hours before departure (if aged 10 and above), PCR testing upon arrival (day 0) and again on their last day in quarantine (day 15), and understand that a negative test result must be produced in order to complete their quarantine period. Once registered, you can then book your flight directly with the approved airline carriers. Although other websites are advertising flight bookings to the Cayman Islands, please be advised that the only flights running are arranged via Cayman Airways Ltd (CAL) and BA. The Government reminds visitors that, if they are booking flights from other airline providers, they are doing so at their own risk.
The TravelCayman team can be contacted directly by emailing TravelCayman@gov.com, or calling their customer representative line: +1 (345) 743 8463. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm.
2. Arrival at the Cayman Islands Airport
Passengers must present their travel authorisation certificate issued by TravelCayman along with any other standard documents required for travel at check-in from their place of departure. Upon arrival at the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) in Grand Cayman, every passenger will receive a COVID-19 PCR test. After testing, passengers will collect their luggage and depending on your pre-approved quarantine option, you will either be taken privately by taxis to your place of residence for home-isolation, or placed on a bus and taken directly to your designated government-led isolation facility.
All in-bound travellers are required to remain in isolation for a minimum of 14 days upon arrival, after which they will undergo PCR testing on the 15th day and upon receiving a negative test result that has been signed off by the Medical Officer of Health can conclude their isolation period. Test results can take anywhere from 48-72 hours to confirm. If your test result is positive, you will have to remain in isolation for a further 10 days until you receive a negative test, or receive further guidance from medical professionals.
On 10th March 2021, the Premier announced that from the 22nd of March, those who meet the following
conditions will only have to quarantine for 10 days:
- Can provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccination
- Can provide proof of having a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival
- Produce a negative PCR test result upon arrival
- Return to a household where the all residents have also received the COVID-19 vaccine
All people qualifying under these conditions will be expected, along with their household members, to undergo repeat testing. The fully updated and gazetted regulations can be read here.
Travellers entering the Island who do not meet the requirements for the 10-day quarantine, will still be subject to mandatory 14 days quarantine - the options for which are listed below.
Anyone who is not a resident of the Cayman Islands must have a valid health insurance policy that has COVID-19 coverage. If these provisions are violated, you are committing an offence and are liable to a CI$1,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment.
There are three different options that you can choose from: Quarantining at home, in a Government Run facility or a Privately Run facility.
1. Quarantine at Residence
Caymanians and Permanent Residence holders may apply to quarantine at their private residence providing they agree to the terms and conditions of the Quarantine at Residence Programme. If you are participating in the Quarantine at Residence Programme and you have other persons in your household, all members of the household will be subject to the same requirements. For more information, visit our Quarantine at Home page.
2. Quarantine at a Government Run Facility
This option is available to Caymanians, those with Permanent Residency Status and CIG Employees. If this is your choice, please advise the Government and they will assist you with your accommodation booking.
3. Quarantine at a Privately Run Facility
If you would like to quarantine at a Privately Run facility, which includes Palm Heights, The Ritz-Carlton, Sunshine Suites, St. Matthew’s Hall and St. Matthew’s Residence, you must contact these facilities directly. Once you have booked your accommodation, let the Government know the details (e.g. your reservation number) so that they can complete the approval of your application to travel into Cayman.Read More
Upon receiving a negative PCR result, you are now eligible to leave your isolation facility. Although masks are no longer required to wear in the Cayman Islands in private and public establishments, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee still advises that persons remain cautious, use their best judgement and wear face-coverings whenever they feel is necessary. Continue to remain a safe distance from persons outside your immediate family and practise safe hygiene by washing your hands and avoiding touching areas around your mouth and nose.