Cayman Islands is open for tourism with strict travel restrictions

All incoming travelers will be asked to show proof of vaccination, and provide two negative PCR COVID test results -one before traveling and one taken on arrival- otherwise they will need to quarantine.

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin is confident they will be able to vaccinate enough locals to protect the population and reopen their borders to tourists in the first trimester of 2021.

Cayman Islands is 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.

Cayman Islands Reopening Tourism – Latest updates

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 Cayman Islands

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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.

Is health insurance a must?

Yes. It is, at least for now. 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 for tourism as of today.  

Will travelers 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, at least until the new policy is enforced.

Quarantine requirements

As of right now, travelers will be expected to quarantine for 14 days regardless of where they come from or the results of your COVID-19 tests. Starting in March, travelers can forego 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.

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 January 21, the country has reported 374258 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 for now.