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Easing of Covid regs for travellers

COVID - 19 08 Apr, 2022 Follow News

Easing of Covid regs for travellers

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that amendments to Covid regulations came into effect on Friday 8 April, easing travel into Cayman for visitors and locals alike.

The current requirement to quarantine for visitors with vaccination certificates that cannot be securely verified and who have not spent the past 14 days in a country with a vaccination rate over 60% for the first dose of an approved vaccine has been removed. This now means that any vaccinated person may travel to Cayman without being subject to quarantine on arrival if they –

Complete the pre-arrival test;

Complete a medical and travel questionnaire and undergo a medical examination if a Customs and Border Control (CBC) Officer considers it necessary;

Complete and submit a travel declaration to Travel Cayman no less than 72 hours prior to departing; and

Provide evidence of the travel declaration when requested to do so by a CBC Officer.

The change in the regulations also affects visiting unaccompanied children under the age of 12 years, who now, even if unvaccinated, won’t need to quarantine under certain conditions.

The changes are expected to increase airline and visitor traffic at the airport by supporting more family travel this summer, the Ministry said. This relaxation change means an unaccompanied unvaccinated child (under the age of 12 years) - who is a Caymanian, resident, or person with close ties – will not be required to quarantine on arrival in the Islands if they intend to reside at a place where all other occupants, 12 years and over, are vaccinated.

However, the unaccompanied unvaccinated child will be required to quarantine if they intend to reside in a place where an unvaccinated person over the age of 12 years is also residing. Unaccompanied unvaccinated tourist visitor children are still not allowed to travel to the Islands.

Minister of Health & Wellness Sabrina Turner said: “As we welcome the relaxation of additional travel restrictions, we cannot disregard how much compliance with Covid-19 regulations has contributed to us arriving to this juncture. With more persons arriving to our shores daily, I urge the public to remain aware by getting their Covid-19 vaccinations including boosters and following public health guidelines to prevent infection.”

Another change now means that government is no longer required to pay the costs of accommodation at a quarantine facility or isolation for students, people travelling on government business, travelling athletes competing overseas for Cayman, people travelling for medical purposes, as well as those who have accompanied children for similar travel purposes.

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