The Cayman Islands are open to tourism for a limited group of travelers. All arrivals will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and be retested before being released from the mandatory 10-14 day quarantine period.
Cayman Islands Prime Minister Alden McLaughlin is confident he will be able to vaccinate enough local residents to protect the population and reopen its borders to tourists in the first quarter of 2021.
The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the Caribbean to visit during COVID. According to the CDC, the warning level is 1 and the risk of obtaining or disseminating COVID-19 is low.
Cayman Islands reopening tourism – latest updates
April 16 update – Cayman business owners hope to negotiate a reopening with the new governor
Marc Langevin, president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, and other business representatives agreed that the elections delayed the full reopening of British territory abroad.
As of today, the islands are receiving only people who have been fully vaccinated, but still need to go through a mandatory 10-day quarantine. These strict requirements have been proven to scare off potential tourists and the territory is highly dependent on tourism.
Langevin is aware that the country’s reopening is highly dependent on the success of his own vaccination campaigns. Thus, considering that the government has already vaccinated more than 30% of its population, the Tourism Association asks, at least, to reduce the quarantine period to 7 days so that they can attract more tourists this summer.
April 1st update – one of the safest places in the world
The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the world to travel during COVID-19. This is not an opinion, but data collected from the CDC that classifies the country as such and from its successful vaccination program.
To date, the country has fully vaccinated 29% of its population and 30,479 have received at least one injection of the Pfizer vaccine. The country is progressing progressively towards vaccinating 75-80% of its population this year, which was the goal at the beginning of its vaccination implantation.
March 15 Update – Fewer quarantine days for vaccinated visitors
Beginning March 22, 2021, the Cayman Islands Government will allow visitors to reduce the mandatory quarantine period from 14 to 10 days. The decision was announced after the country managed to achieve its goal of vaccinating 90% of the population over 60 years of age.
Update on January 21
Premier Alden McLaughlin announced that the Cayman Islands are preparing to reopen in March. He believes he has ensured sufficient doses of the vaccine to do so safely.
Beginning in March, permitted foreign travelers will be asked to provide proof of vaccination COVID-19, as well as two COVID-19 test results, or quarantine for 14 days.
Special groups of people with permission to enter the Cayman Islands
People in the following categories can currently enjoy the beautiful Cayman Islands.
- Nationals and permanent residents
- Permitted workers and their families.
- People who own properties in the Cayman Islands.
- Spouses, grooms, parents, grandparents, children and siblings of permanent residents.
- Approved travelers on Global Citizen Concierge Program.
Are the Cayman Islands open to American tourists?
As of October 2020, the Cayman Islands government has allowed some American tourists to visit the island country. In addition to permanent residents and work permit holders, visitors with family ties close to residents or work permit holders, such as spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, children and siblings are allowed to visit.
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Is health insurance mandatory?
Yes. It is, at least for now. Visitors must present proof of health insurance to cover costs related to COVID-19. They could also provide proof of wealth enough to cover any medical treatment while on the islands.
Are there airports in the Cayman Islands?
Owen Roberts International Airport, located on Grand Cayman, is open and serving trips between the islands for authorized visitors.
Situation of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the world from infections by COVID-19. As of today, the country reported 523 cases and just two deaths.
From now on, travelers should be quarantined for 10 to 14 days, regardless of their origin or the results of the COVID-19 tests. Beginning in March, travelers can break the quarantine with proof of vaccination and negative test results.
You need to sign up for a Travel Approval. Fill out the form and send the necessary documents.
Can people quarantine the hotel / rental property of their choice?
Probably not. The available accommodation options during the quarantine are:
- Government quarantine facility
- Private quarantine facility
- Personal residence. You will need to use a virtual fence device.
Choose one of these when filling out your travel form. Before traveling, you will be notified if the accommodation chosen for quarantine has been approved.
What general security measures are applied in the Cayman Islands?
The government depends on sound policies and personal responsibility to maintain a COVID-19 safe zone within the islands. These are some of the tools they use to protect locals and visitors
- PCR test
- Geofencing technology
- Random checks
To stay up-to-date, visit your Cayman Islands travel site.