Cayman Islands drop COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated travelers starting June 30

Cayman Islands has eliminated pre-arrival testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. The new policy is effective from June 30th.

Visitors to the islands who can present a vaccine certificate are no longer required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within one day of entering the Cayman Islands.

Arrivals must, however, submit a travel declaration at least 72 hours before departure and buy COVID-19 insurance. Children under 11 years old do not need to show proof of vaccination.

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) also announced that it is also lifting mask mandates for indoor public spaces.

“These latest developments signal the exciting transition to the next phase of our strategic reopening plan, which the government has been successfully executing since 2021,” Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan said in a statement.

“After the United States lifted its testing requirements for re-entry among international travelers and the relaxed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are delighted to make the trip to Cayman a little smoother for our global guests – and we look forward to to showcase our tourism community to all who disembark.”

While the Cayman Islands no longer require pre-entry testing, the island still recommends that visitors be tested daily with rapid tests for the first seven days of travel.

The island joins several other Caribbean destinations that have relaxed or eliminated entry requirements related to COVID-19.

Earlier this month, the Bahamas also discontinued all pre-entry testing for vaccinated tourists, while the British Virgin Islands no longer require travelers to register with the BVI Gateway Travel Portal or provide proof of travel insurance, regardless of travel insurance status. vaccination.

Saint Lucia also stopped pre-entry testing for vaccinated visitors, while Grenada, Aruba and Bonaire went even further by lifting all pandemic-related entry requirements.

“For more than two years, we have closely followed the global travel landscape and adapted our protocols accordingly. We are excited about the arrival of this new phase as we look forward to welcoming our international friends back to the Cayman Islands without pre-arrival testing,” added Rosa Harris, Cayman Islands Director of Tourism.

“The checklist is shorter, which means the days will feel longer in Cayman – and the memories created on our shores will be more vibrant than ever before,” she said.

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