Cayman will have to wait another three weeks to know if it will be upgraded to the ‘green’ list of countries on the UK’s travel traffic light system.
The new list published today (Thursday 3rd June) maintains the status of most countries from when it was first published three weeks ago.
The Cayman Islands and the majority of countries around the world remain on the UK’s ‘amber’ list meaning that travellers must comply with a series of tough requirements for departing and re-entering the country.
The only country whose status has been altered is Portugal which has been downgraded from green to amber level.
Travellers from amber list countries must self-isolate at home for 10 days plus take two post-arrival COVID-19 tests on the second and eighth day of quarantine.
Failing to take those two tests could result in a penalty of up to £2,000 (CI$2,300).
However, they can end the quarantine period earlier if they take a test on the fifth day - which they must pay for - and it shows a negative result.
Travellers from countries designated as ‘green’ destinations are not required to self-isolate but they must take one post-arrival coronavirus test
There’s a penalty of up to £10,000 (CI$11,588.00) for breaking the UK’s quarantine protocols.
The next update by the British government to its travel traffic light system will be in three weeks.
With signs that the Indian variant is spreading in the UK, the government says it is being extremely cautious especially with the recent relaxing of several internal restrictions on gatherings and business openings.
The government has also been severely criticised for its border management and what some critics call ‘mixed messaging over the traffic light system which they feel is still too lax.
There are reports of people arriving from countries of different 'travel traffic light’ grading mixing at UK airports when they return to the country.
Just this week, the British government opened a specific terminal at the main Heathrow airport to process travellers arriving from ‘red list’ countries.
Meanwhile, the UK continues to record one of the most successful vaccination roll-outs in the world.
Debate continues within the UK, the European Union and the United States and elsewhere over the possibility of instituting a COVID travel certificate system.