Cayman’s COVID-19 climate is changing rapidly, and as we are within the process of conducting a phased border reopening, there are new details about airport arrival, isolation facilities and safety precautions that you must know prior to travelling.
We are sure that you will have many more questions about the process, especially now with the announcement of Cayman's border reopening. That’s why we have answered all of the most frequently asked questions for you! To know more about quarantining, arrival processes and more, read the FAQs below!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)1. Is it still mandatory to quarantine?
When travelling to the Cayman Islands, only unvaccinated travellers (age 12 years and over) must quarantine for seven days. This does not include unvaccinated Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders, along with all unvaccinated members of their households.
2. Do I have to get a pre-arrival COVID-19 test before I fly?
Not anymore! Pre-arrival testing is no longer required by any traveller to the Cayman Islands. However, all travellers are strongly encouraged by the Medical Officer of Health to complete daily lateral flow tests for their first seven (7) days post-arrival.
3. How do I provide my test results?
Printing out a paper copy of your results after you have received them is ideal. However, if you show the test results on your phone, that is also fine. Your results must also be from an accredited laboratory or institution such as a UKAS accredited laboratory or the NHS, National Health Laboratories or other government approved providers.
4. Do I have to have another PCR test when I arrive in Cayman?
No - as of October 2021, arrival PCR tests are no longer required.
5. Is the quarantine period shorter now?
Yes, it is. Securely-verified vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine at all, unless they have tested positive for COVID-19 whilst in the Cayman Islands. In this case, vaccinated persons must isolate for 6 days (with an exit test on Day 7), and unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 9 days, with an exit PCR test on Day 10. The same rules apply for those unvaccinated in the community, i.e. if you test positive, you must quarantine for 10 days.
6. How do I prepare for quarantine? How will I know if I’m ready?
Preparing to isolate for a period of 7/10 days may seem like a daunting, stressful task. There are a variety of things to worry about, such as toiletries and medications, and if you have children, the stress may double. However, if you plan ahead and think about what you will need to be able to stay in your home for the full 7/10 days, it will be a much easier, smooth endeavour. The Cayman Islands Government recommends that, to prepare:
- If you are taking any medication, please be sure to bring along an adequate supply to ensure you have enough while in quarantine. A one-month supply is recommended.
- If your household includes others, ensure they are aware of the quarantine requirements and are prepared to quarantine with you or find alternative accommodation prior to your arrival.
- Ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online ahead of your arrival.
7. I have family at home – do they have to quarantine, too?
No. Your family may continue with everyday activities and are free to leave the residence, however, they must test for seven days and if they receive a positive result they must isolate immediately.
8. I live in an apartment complex – can I use the pool and other communal facilities?
No – you are not allowed to use communal areas. You are only allowed to use private areas, such as a private yard or outdoor balcony.
9. Can I have visitors while I quarantine?
No. You are not allowed to have ANY individuals enter your home or your yard space, even if you are not even inside of your home at the time. This includes all family members, friends, food delivery persons, work colleagues and domestic helpers. Any breach in the terms and conditions may cause you to be forcibly removed from the Quarantine at Residence programme and placed in a Government Run facility. Committing an offence is also a breach of the Public Health Law and regulations made to control the spread of Coronavirus.
10. Can I leave my place of quarantine? What if it’s an emergency?
For no reason whatsoever are you allowed to leave your place of isolation. The only exemption is if you have received advance authorisation from the Medical Officer of Health or in the case of an emergency (again, which has been approved).