Cayman Islands started opening borders for selected visitors

Starting on October 1, Cayman Islands borders began to gradually reopen to select groups of visitors. 

Reopening decisions will continue to be evaluated and processes are subject to change depending on the epidemiology data available. 

The Cayman Islands have rather strict travel policies at the moment but we consider this iconic place to be well worth the effort. For this reason, we want to walk you through all the information available for travelers.

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What special group of people are allowed entry to Cayman Islands now?

Cayman Islands reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

If you fall in one following categories then you are one of the few lucky ones that can go enjoy the beautiful Cayman Islands. 

  • Nationals and permanent residents
  • Allowed workers and their families.
  • People who own properties in the Cayman Islands.
  • Students.
  • Spouses, fianc├ęs, parents, grandparents, children and siblings of permanent residents.
  • Travelers approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program.

I want to go to Cayman Island for the Holidays, is that possible?

Well, you probably shouldn’t. The Cabinet has advised visitors to avoid visits for non-essential purposes. We expect this advice will change soon. 

Do I need health insurance?

Yes. You do. You will need to submit proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19-related costs. You could also show proof of wealth enough to cover any medical treatment while in the islands.

Are Airports open in The Cayman Islands?

Cayman Islands reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Owen Roberts International Airport and Charles Kirkconnell International Airport remain closed until further notice for tourism. 

Will I be tested on arrival?

COVID-19 situation in Cayman Islands

Yes. All travelers will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and their results should be available in the next 72 hours. Having a negative test result does not mean you are free from your quarantine. You need to complete all 14 days of quarantine.

Do I have to quarantine?

Yes. You do. You will be expected to quarantine for 14 days regardless of where you come from or the results of your COVID-19 tests.

Traveler Form

You need to apply for an Approval to Travel. Complete the form and submit the necessary documents.

Can I quarantine at my chosen hotel/rental property?

Probably not. The available options for accommodation during your quarantine are:

  • Government quarantine facility
  • Private quarantine facility
  • Personal residence. You will need to wear a geofencing device.

Choose one of these when you complete your travel application. Before travelling you will be notified if your chosen accommodation for quarantine was approved.

COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands


The severe restrictions on the Islands have worked well to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the risk in the Cayman Islands is very low. 

Over the last 14 days, the cases have spiked but still nothing to be too worried about. 

As of November 19, the country has reported 258 cases, 243 recoveries and 2 deaths. 

What general safety measures are enforced in the Cayman Islands?

The government relies on sensible policies and personal responsibility to maintain a COVID-19 safe zone within the islands. These are some of the tools they use to do protect locals and visitors

  • PCR testing
  • Geofencing technology
  • Random checks
  • Penalties 

To stay updated visit their Cayman Islands Travel website. 

Can Cayman Islands residents leave the territory?

Yes. But they need to be prepared to follow the same lengthy procedures as everyone else when they try to return home. The government recommends limiting international travel to essential reasons.