Flights to Cayman

The Cayman Islands is conveniently located only 480 miles south of Miami, merely an hour by plane. Cayman is easily accessible via nonstop service from most travel hubs in the U.S., Canada and the UK.
 

If you are intending to travel to the Cayman Islands in a private jet or charter, your aircraft operator must contact the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI). Please click here for more information.

Cayman Islands Global Air Service Resumption Dates

Charter & Private Jet Operations

If you are intending to travel to the Cayman Islands in a private jet or charter, your aircraft operator must contact the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) at permits@caacayman.com for prior authorization. The Civil Aviation Authority requires up to 3 days to provide authorizations. For further information please refer to the CAACI website. Please note that prior to making any travel arrangements, you should have a Certificate to Travel issued to you by Travel Cayman.

Kindly access this link here for the list of pre-approved operators who may be contracted for charter services. Entities not in the list will need to obtain ad hoc permissions from the CAACI.

 

FAQs

Does a charter operator require a permit to operate into the Cayman Islands?
Yes, all air transport operations into the Cayman Islands are subject to regulation under the UK’s Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order, AN(OT)O, and in particular Article 135 which provides that all foreign registered aircraft operating into the territory for valuable consideration be licensed to do so by the UK Secretary of State. This authorization has been delegated (as of September 2004) to the Governor and thereby to the Director-General of Civil Aviation for the Cayman Islands. An operating permit can be obtained by contacting the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) at permits@caacayman.com or the website caacayman.com
Does a private operator require a permit to operate into the Cayman Islands?
Once the operation in not for ‘gainful consideration’ a permit is not required.
What is the processing time for an operating permit?
Once the CAACI is in receipt of all required documents (see non-scheduled checklist) an operating permit can be issued within 3 days.
What language are documents submitted required to be in?
All documents submitted to the CAACI must either be in English; or dually translated with English as a language or the foreign language to be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
Is a handler required to operate into the Cayman Islands?
Yes, an approved ground handler is required to operate into the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands Airports Authority issues a list of all licensed handlers.
Are there operators who are pre-approved to operate into the Cayman Islands?
Yes, this list can be found on the CAACI website
Is there an age restriction for pilots operating into the Cayman Islands for the purposes of commercial operations (scheduled service or charters)?
Aircraft shall comply with Standard 2.1.10.1 and 1.2.5.2.3 of Annex 1 of the Chicago Convention when operating Air Transport Operations into the territory. Below is a summary of the key elements of this standard:
  • A Contracting State, having issued pilot licenses, shall not permit the holders thereof to act as pilot of an aircraft engaged in international commercial air transport operations if the license holders have attained their 60th birthday or, in the case of operations with more than one pilot, their 65th birthday; and
  • When the holders of flight crew licenses are engaged in commercial air transport operations and have passed their 60th birthday, the medical validity period shall be, reduced to six (6) months.

Your Questions Answered

Do you need a passport for the Cayman Islands?

Yes, you will need a passport when entering the Cayman Islands from another country. Be sure to review entry requirements, passport exemptions and refusal reasons from the Department of Immigration

How do I get to the Sister Islands?

The only way to get to our Sister Islands is via Cayman Airways. The airline has numerous flights daily from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. You can make reservations at www.caymanairways.com. Please be sure to check travel protocols for visiting our Sister Islands.