New rules will go into effect on Saturday 20 November for anyone planning to come to the Cayman Islands, once the country officially opens up its borders again. Then, the country will move into Phase 4 of its reopening process. At this time, people travelling to Cayman will still need to apply to Travel Cayman for permission to travel here, but if they are vaccinated against Covid-19, they most likely will not have to quarantine.
Premier Wayne Panton said: “The government has continued to put in to action the policies and regulations that will create a smooth transition into phase four of the reopening plan. I strongly encourage the public to utilise the exploregov.ky website as the official source of information, resources and guidance as we make this transition.”
The following are some of the key points from the new regulations that will affect travellers to Cayman on or after 20 November.
Who will need to take a PCR test?
• A pre-arrival PCR test will be required within 72 hours prior to travel date for all travellers age 5 and older
• A quarantine exit PCR test will also be required for all travellers and their quarantine companions aged 4 and older, for people who still need to quarantine
• Travellers who are not required to quarantine are to undergo a lateral flow test on days 2, 5, and 10 (three tests in total)
Who can travel to the Cayman Islands?
The following people can travel to Cayman on or after 20 November:
• All vaccinated travellers (securely and non-securely verifiable)
• Unvaccinated returning Caymanians, residents and work permit holders
• Unvaccinated visitors who have close ties to the country (that means, people who own local properties and businesses, or who are a spouse, civil partner, parent, step-parent, child, grandchild, step-child, or grandparent of a Caymanian or resident)
• Travellers below the age of 18 who are vaccinated with one dose when travelling from jurisdictions that only allow one dose for this age group
Note: Cruise travellers or unvaccinated tourists which includes unvaccinated children who are tourists are not permitted to travel to the Cayman Islands.
All travellers are required to apply on the Travel Cayman Portal and will be issued with a travel certificate which is required for entry.
Who still needs to quarantine?
A 14-days quarantine still applies for unvaccinated adult travellers and travel parties with unvaccinated minors. A 10-days quarantine still applies for non-securely verifiable vaccinated travellers who are travelling from a country with a vaccination rate below 60% for the first dose of the vaccine.
GPS tracking is also a requirement for travellers and their quarantine companions age 10 and older who quarantine at an approved private residence instead of a quarantine facility.
Where can I quarantine?
You can quarantine at approved quarantine facilities/hotels or at an approved private residences or other tourist accommodations. Government pays quarantine fees at government-run facilities for essential travel only, as outlined by The Control and Management of Covid-19 Regulations, 2021. All quarantining travellers and their companions are subject to Travel Cayman welfare phone calls and physical checks.
The Travel Cayman portal will be updated on Monday, 8 November 2021 after 9 P.M. Cayman Islands time.
Visit exploregov.ky for more information
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