Cayman Islands Reopening Plan

Cayman Islands Phased Reopening Plan

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The Cayman Islands Will Have a Phased Reopening, with Phase 3 contingent on reaching an 80% vaccination rate among Cayman residents. Most Caribbean destinations have reopened due to their high dependence on tourism (albeit with pre-travel testing in many cases, and for Anguilla, with visitors required to be vaccinated). The Cayman Islands has taken a different paty, however, and been closed to tourists since March 2020. It's also one of the destinations ranked by the CDC as Level 1, with low levels of COVID-19, and many days see zero new cases. We have clients that in pre-pandemic times visit Grand Cayman annually to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, so the reopening is exciting news, though of course it's possible that the dates will get pushed back should there be a rise in cases.

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Phase 1 (Currently in effect)

  • Borders are open to returning citizens, residents, work permit holders, others with close ties to the Cayman Islands, and those traveling for medical purposes
  • Pre-Arrival COVID-19 PCR test required for all, arrival PCR no longer required
  • Quarantine period of 5 days available for those with verifiable vaccinations, 10 days quarantine period for unverified vaccinations and 14 days quarantine period for unvaccinated travelers

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Phase 2 (from August 9, 2021)

  • Borders open only for citizens, residents et al. as in Phase 1
  • Pre-Arrival COVID-19 PCR required for all, arrival PCR no longer required
  • Removal of GPS monitoring for those eligible for 5-day quarantine, but still mandatory for everyone not eligible for 5-day quarantine

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Phase 3 (from September 9, 2021, if 80%+ of Population is Vaccinated)

  • Only if local population achieves an 80% vaccination rate, borders will reopen to verified vaccinated travelers through a CIAA slot management system that will manage flight volume
  • All travelers still required to apply on Travel Cayman Portal
  • Quarantine period of 5 days available for those with verifiable vaccinations, 10 days quarantine period for unverified vaccinations and 14 days quarantine period for unvaccinated travelers

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Phase 4 (from October 14, 2021)

  • Quarantine requirements removed for all securely vaccinated travelers
  • Unvaccinated travelers must still apply via Travel Cayman Portal

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Phase 5 (from November 18, 2021)

  • Unvaccinated children under age 12 allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists
  • Cruises still prohibited

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Phase 6 (first assessed by January 27, 2022)

  • All travelers, vaccinated and unvaccinated permitted
  • No PCR testing or quarantine
  • Cruise tourism allowed to resume

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Cayman Islands Phased Reopening Plan

If you've visited the Cayman Islands, what was your experience?

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