TRAVELCAYMAN REPLACES TRAVELTIME
Following a brief interruption due to the passage of then Tropical Storm Delta - which since developed into a hurricane - the Ministry of International Trade, Investments, Aviation and Maritime Affairs (MITIAMA) has resumed normal operations with its re-branded TravelCayman.
TravelCayman, previously known as TravelTime, is the government’s agency responsible for coordinating travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A government statement says for three months between July 1 and October 1, the ministry ran TravelTime, a cabinet-approved interim process to manage travel in tandem with availability of local isolation centres for a mandatory 15-day quarantine.
Chief Officer Eric Bush who oversees TravelCayman has said they are looking forward to building on the success this year and last “to achieve our strategic objectives that revolve around bringing Cayman to the world, and the world to Cayman.”
According to Mr Bush, “That work, with a focus on international trade and investments into the Cayman Islands, is now more important than ever before as we begin a journey to rebuild our economy after the negative impact of the pandemic.”
He commended the team on the previous TravelTime for the “high level of public engagement, its diligent work processing thousands of travel requests, seven days a week, and for the crucial role that it has played in keeping the Cayman Islands safe during the unfolding of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Through the border closure combined with Government policies, the Cayman Islands has protected itself from community transmission of Covid-19. The management of inbound repatriation travel by the TravelTime team has been a key part in retaining this status.”
The new TravelCayman is now managing inbound travel, including the new “Quarantine at Residence”(QAR) option, which enables individuals to quarantine for 15 days at an approved residence.
Persons enrolled in this option must agree to a protocol of monitoring and surveillance that will continue to prioritize and protect public safety in the Cayman Islands by ensuring that there are no breaches of the system.
Mr Bush said Cayman is also using its top-notch testing capacity to test all persons for Covid-19 when they arrive at the airport, and then again 15 days later.
The Ministry of International Trade, Investments, Aviation and Maritime Affairs (MITIAMA) has a mandate to “help advance the reputation of the Cayman Islands, advance the economic and political interest of the government, the people and the business community, and make it easier for potential overseas investors to do business in the Cayman economy.”