Even though the UK Government has announced the closure of its ‘travel corridors’, of which the Cayman Islands as an Overseas Territory was a part, this does not mean that Cayman will lose its all-important direct link with the UK.
In the UK, as from Monday 18th January at 4am GMT, all travel corridors will close, which means that after that point, people travelling to the UK must quarantine for up to 10 days, unless the buy a Covid-19 test and test negative after five days in quarantine. This measure has been taken as the UK tries to prevent the spread of variants to the Covid-19 virus, which have been found in places such as South Africa and Brazil, which have appeared to be far more easily transmissible than earlier versions of the virus.
Travel corridors were first brought in last year by the UK Government to facilitate easier travel into the UK from countries with lower volumes of Covid cases when compared to the UK. This meant that people coming from these low risk countries did not have to quarantine on arrival. That has now changed and everyone entering the UK must now quarantine for 10 days, which they can cut to five if they have a negative Covid result after five days.
In addition, travelers to the UK must now also provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test before arrival, along with other countries around the world, such as the United States and Canada. It is recommended that the public check entry requirements for destination countries before travel.
As a result of these new protocols, the Health Services Authority has extended their testing clinic hours, for full details on appointments and timings visit; https://hsa.ky/news_events/covid-testing-clinic-extended-to-accommodate-new-international-travel-requirements/
New BA flights for February
Two British Airways repatriation flights have been confirmed for February between the UK and Grand Cayman, one arriving on Thursday 11th, departing Grand Cayman on 12th February, and one arriving on the 25th February, departing back to London on the 26th February.