Cayman Islands Drops COVID-19 Testing For Fully Vaccinated Travelers From June 30

Cayman Islands Drops COVID-19 Testing For Fully Vaccinated Travelers From June 30

Cayman Islands has eliminated pre-arrival testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. The new policy has been in effect from June 30.

Visitors to the islands who can produce a vaccine certificate no longer need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within one day of arrival before entering Cayman Islands. 

Arrivals must, however, file a trip declaration at least 72 hours before departure and acquire COVID-19 insurance. Children under the age of 11 do not required to show proof of vaccination.

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

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

“On the heels of the United States lifting their testing requirements for re-entry among international travelers and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) relaxing guidelines, we are delighted to make the journey to Cayman a bit smoother for our global guests—and we look forward to showcasing our tourism community to all who come ashore.”

Although Cayman Islands no longer requires testing prior to entry, the island still recommends visitors get tested daily with rapid tests for the first seven days of their trip.

The island joins a number of other Caribbean destinations that have relaxed or eliminated COVID -19-related entry requirements.

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

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

“For more than two years, we have kept a close eye on the global travel landscape and have adapted our protocols accordingly. We are excited that this new phase is upon us, as we are eager to welcome our international friends back to the Cayman Islands without pre-arrival testing,” added Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands. 

“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,” she said