By Michael Jarvis, London UK
Cayman still has not received a green all-clear status on the UK’s updated COVID travel traffic light system which comes into effect next Monday August 8th.
The updated list - which continues to be heavily debated in England - was published on Thursday and keeps Cayman on the green ‘watchlist’. That means that Cayman is 'at risk of moving to amber' according to the designation.
For countries on the green ‘watchlist’, the UK’s travel traffic light system specifies that if local COVID conditions change they can be moved from the green list to the amber or red list.
It also says that if a country or territory on the green list is at risk of moving to amber it will also be listed on the green watchlist.
And, if there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning.
These categorisations are based on the UK’s risk assessment of the extent of the pandemic and vaccination status of countries around the world.
On the UK Government’s website, the explanation of the comprehensive list of travel conditions for even green and green ‘watchlist’ countries stipulates that travellers 'must follow these rules' even if they have been fully vaccinated.
Before you travel to England you must take a COVID-19 test, except children aged 10 and under. Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England and complete a passenger locator form.
On arrival in England, all except children aged 4 and under must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after arrival, but won’t need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. However, you must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Also, if you have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the restrictive red list rules.
Persons who have been in or through a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before arriving in England, and have not visited a country on the red list, must follow the amber list rules.
Click this link for full details of the updated UK travel traffic light system. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
The UK itself is on a ‘no-travel’ advisory of several countries including the United States.
Other UK territories and Caribbean countries on the green watchlist are; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Helena and Turks and Caicos Islands.
The only Overseas Territories on the full green travel list are Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
The British Virgin Islands which is still coping with the spike in case numbers remains on the amber list along with Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Curaçao, Guadeloupe and Jamaica, as well as St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten (Dutch and French), St Bartholomew, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Countries in the region on the red list are; Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.