Cayman Islands are open for tourism as one of the safest destinations in 2021

The Cayman Islands are open for tourism to a limited group of travelers. All arrivals will be asked to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and get retested before being released from the 10-14-day mandatory quarantine period.

The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the Caribbean to visit during COVID. According to CDC, the warning level is 1 and the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 is low.

The Cayman Islands Reopening Tourism – Latest updates

Cayman Islands reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Update May 3 – The Cayman Islands has not reopening in sight

With 55% of its population having received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Cayman Islands’ authorities still do not feel comfortable about reopening the country for massive international tourism in the near future. 

According to data from the Public Health Institute, every week, several travelers who have provided a negative test and a vaccine certificate have also tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival. 

With a current vaccination rate of just above 200 people per day, international hotel chains get ready for another summer without international visitors. 

“At the time the closure was announced, it was expected that it would involve 30 days of suspended operations”, Westin hotel manager Jim Mauer said.

“Based on what we are seeing, we will have a V-shaped recovery,” he said. “There is a lot of pent-up demand and it is quite possible that 2022 could be a very healthy year for the Cayman Islands.”

As for now, this hotel chain and others will target the local school summer holidaymakers.

Update April 16 – Cayman business owners expects to negotiate a reopening with new governor

Marc Langevin, president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, and other business representatives have agreed on the fact that the elections have delayed the full reopening of the British overseas territory.

As of today, the islands are only taking people who have been fully vaccinated but they still need to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine. Such strict requirements have proven to chase potential tourists away and the territory is highly dependent on tourism. 

Langevin is aware the reopening of the country very much relies on the success of their own vaccination campaigns. Thus, considering the government has vaccinated more than 30% of its population, the Tourism Association is asking, at least, to reduce the quarantine period to 7 days so they can attract more tourists this summer. 

Update April 1 – One of the safest places in the world

Cayman Islands is one of the safest places in the world to travel to during COVID-19. This is not an opinion but data collected from the CDC that ranks the country as such, and from its successful vaccination program.

As of today, the country has already fully vaccinated 29% percent of its population and 30,479 has received at least one shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The country is progressively making its way towards vaccinating 75-80% of its people this year, which was the target at the beginning of its vaccination rollout. 

Vaccination progress in Cayman Islands

Update March 15 – Less quarantine days for vaccinated visitors

Effective March 22, 2021, The Cayman Island Government will allow visitors to cut their mandatory quarantine period from 14 to 10 days. This decision was announced after the country was able to reach its target of vaccinating 90 percent of the over-60 population.

Update January 21

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the Cayman Islands are readying to reopen in March. He believes to have secured enough doses of the vaccine to do so safely. 

Starting March, allowed foreign travelers will be asked to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as two COVID-19 test results, or quarantine for 14 days.

Special groups of people who are allowed entry to the Cayman Islands

People in one following categories can currently enjoy the beautiful Cayman Islands. 

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

Are the Cayman Islands open to American tourists?

Starting October 2020, the Cayman Islands’ government has allowed some American tourists to visit the island country. Aside from permanent residents and work permit holders also visitors with close family ties to residents or work permit holders such as spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents, children and siblings are being allowed visiting.

For further information click here.  

Is health insurance a must?

Yes. It is, at least for now. Visitors will need to submit proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19-related costs. They 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, located in Grand Cayman, is open and serving inter-island travel to allowed visitors. 

COVID-19 situation in the Cayman Islands

COVID-19 cases in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is one of the safest places on earth regarding COVID-19 infections. As of today, the country has 17 active cases and only 2 deaths.

Quarantine requirements

As of now, travelers will be expected to quarantine from 10-14 days regardless of where they come from or the results of your COVID-19 tests. Starting in March, travelers can cut the quarantine by presenting proof of vaccination and negative test results.

Traveler Form

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

Can people quarantine at their 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.

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.