Phase 5 FAQs

Before You Leave Home

What are the requirements to travel to the Cayman Islands?
When checking in at originating airport, all passengers must present:
  1. Certificate to Travel issued by Travel Cayman
  2. Negative certified rapid test (can be self-administered, if video observed by AZOVA) or a PCR test the day before departure with a negative result, this is required for all travellers age 5 and older.
    Your test should show:
    i. Name of traveller
    ii. Date sample was collected
    iii. Negative result
    iv. Name and address of the approved laboratory where the test was performed
  3. Proof of fully vaccinated status
  4. Plus any other standard documents required for travel
Though not required to show at the airport, it is also required that all visitors have medical insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage. (Confirmation of medical insurance is part of the process when applying to Travel Cayman.)

 

Testing Requirements

All inbound travellers age 5 and older must take a certified rapid test or a pre-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test the day before departure. Proof of a negative certified rapid test or PCR test result must be presented upon check-in at the airport. 
 
"Departure" is defined by the departure of any connecting fight or transit flights to the Cayman Islands, where the layover between flights is no more than twelve hours. This means a traveller should have proof of a negative test result twelve hours prior to their take off time to arrive in the Cayman Isl
Who can travel to the Cayman Islands in Phase 5?
  • All vaccinated travellers (securely and non-securely verifiable)
  • Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger. Visitors age 11 and younger must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.  
  • Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders
  • Visitors who have close ties to the country (Persons 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 that are vaccinated with one dose when travelling from jurisdictions that only allow one dose for this age group
How do I apply to Travel Cayman?
All travellers can apply to Travel Cayman here.
Does the Cayman Islands require travellers to purchase COVID-19 health insurance?
All travellers will be required to attest to a statement which confirms that they have medical insurance which includes COVID-19 coverage, or that they understand the financial risks they are taking and that they have independent means to cover their medical costs, inclusive of extended accommodations. For more information, click here and scroll down to the “Travel/COVID-19 Insurance” section.
 
Which airlines are flying to the Cayman Islands?
The following airlines are currently flying, or scheduled to fly, to the Cayman Islands:
  • Cayman Airways
  • British Airways
  • JetBlue
  • Air Canada
  • WestJet
Please click here or check airline websites for more detailed information.  
Can children travel to the Cayman Islands?
Yes, children can travel to the Cayman Islands provided the following criteria are met:
  • Unvaccinated visitors age 11 and younger must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.  
  • All children age 12 and over are required to be vaccinated to be exempt from quarantine.
Please note unvaccinated visitor children age 12 and over are not permitted to travel to the Cayman Islands at this time.

Travellers age 5 and over who are not required to quarantine are to undergo a certified lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 7 (3 tests in total).
What happens if I have recovered from COVID-19, but my test result still detects the virus?
Persons travelling to Cayman who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are to note and provide the below documents:
  • The initial positive PCR or Certified Antigen test is to be provided.
  • Documentation from respective Health Department/Government Authority, (e.g. in the US, your State Department of Health, in the UK, the National Health Service) confirming that persons are no longer a Public Health concern.
  • Persons are still required to be tested 24 hours before travelling to the Cayman Islands.
Please note that a letter from a Physician is not acceptable documentation.

Vaccinations & Securely Verifiable Vaccination Certificate

What is the definition of “verified vaccinated travellers”?
A verified vaccinated traveller is someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival to the Cayman Islands and able to securely verify vaccination according to international standards approved by the Medical Officer of Health.

To learn more about secured vaccination records accepted by the Cayman Islands, please visit: Securely Verified Vaccine FAQs (exploregov.ky)
 
How do I check if my vaccination record is securely verifiable?
You can check if your vaccination record is securely verifiable here.
 
Will there be a timeframe after the vaccination that visitors will need to wait before they are allowed in?
To be deemed fully vaccinated, travellers must wait 14 days once they are fully vaccinated to travel.
 
What COVID-19 vaccines do the Cayman Islands accept?
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) (single dose)
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
    • European Version
    • SK Bio Version
    • Serum Institute of India version ‘Covishield’
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
  • Sinopharm (two doses)
  • Sinovac (two doses)

Please click here to see the most up-to-date list of approved vaccines.
What is securely verified proof of vaccination for US travellers?
The Cayman Islands is accepting SMART Health Cards from vaccination providers who are part of the Common Trust Network.
The Common Trust Network is a collection of trusted entities e.g. state registries, healthcare providers and pharmacies that issue verifiable vaccination QR codes via SMART Health Cards
Find out if your vaccination provider is part of this group by visiting https://www.commontrustnetwork.org/verifier-list and contact your vaccination provider to request your SMART Health Card.

Please note: If you were vaccinated in New York, the Cayman Islands only accepts QR codes from the Excelsior Pass Plus platform. QR codes generate from the original Excelsior Pass platform cannot be securely verified.
 
Are US CDC cards accepted?
Yes, they are accepted. If your vaccine from any country cannot be securely verified, youcan upload a copy of it to the Travel Cayman portal as part of the approval process when requesting entry to the country.
Does the Cayman Islands accept mixed COVID-19 vaccinations?
Yes. Mixed COVID-19 vaccinations — two doses of vaccines approved for use by the Chief Medical Officer in the Cayman Islands (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, SinoPharm and/or Sinovac) — are acceptable when travelling to the Cayman Islands. If your vaccination certificate cannot be securely verified by the Public Health officials on arrival, you may qualify for 10-day or 14-day quarantine.
 
Are visitors required to have a booster dose (COVID-19 vaccine) to visit the Cayman Islands?
No, visitors are only required to be fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine. A booster dose is not required to visit the Cayman Islands.
 
Are visitors who deem themselves “naturally” immunized (i.e., already had COVID-19) able to visit?
At this time, all visitors are required to be fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine and show proof of vaccination to visit the Cayman Islands.
 
Does the Cayman Islands accept travellers declaring medical or religious exemptions to being vaccinated?
No, at this time, only fully vaccinated visitors are allowed entry to the Cayman Islands.
 

COVID-19 Testing

If someone tests positive, do accommodations offer special rates for the quarantine period?
Yes, some accommodations have special rates. Travelers should check with their planned accommodations to find out if they offer special rates.
Where can I get a certified rapid test or PCR prior to travel?
Please check your local health service for certified rapid test. At home test can be self-administered, if video observed by a provider such as AZOVA) or PCR test locations.
Will vaccinated travellers still require a certified rapid test or PCR prior to departure?
Yes, all travellers, age 5 and older, must present proof of a negative certified rapid test (which can be self-administered, if video observed by a provider such as AZOVA) or PCR test taken the day before at airport when departing their home country and upon arrival into Cayman.
Will I be tested at the airport in the Cayman Islands upon arrival?
Since the beginning of Phase 3 on 9 September, travellers are not required to submit to a PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Learn more about requirements for vaccinated travellers here.
 
Can I use a COVID-19 home or rapid (antigen or antibody) test to enter the country?
You may use a home rapid test if it is observed via video by an administrator such as AZOVA. If not, the rapid test must be done at a medical provider.
Are there any testing requirements while on-island?
Travellers age 5 and over who are not required to quarantine are to undergo a certified lateral flow test on Days 2, 5, and 7 (3 tests in total) at approved providers on-island. Please click here for more information.
What happens if someone tests positive during their time on-island?
On 18 January 2022, the Public Health Department announced revised isolation and quarantine requirements for residents and visitors. The procedural changes, which take effect immediately, are intended to minimise the impact on families and businesses of the recent increase in community cases of COVID-19, as the Omicron variant has become the dominant variant in the Cayman Islands.

The updated guidelines are as follows:
Vaccinated Positives
  • Fully vaccinated persons who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 6 days, with a negative PCR test required on day 7 to exit isolation.
Vaccinated Contacts
  • Vaccinated persons who are primary contacts of COVID-19 positive persons must conduct daily lateral flow testing for 7 days but may continue usual activities.

    A primary contact is a person who has had the following interactions with a COVID positive person (from two days before and up to 14 days after the case's positive result):
    • face to face contact within six feet of each other for 15 minutes or more (in a single day)
    • direct contact (ie: kissing, hugging, shaking hands)
    • living in the same household.
Please click here for additional information.
 

Quarantine

What are the quarantine requirements in Phase 5?
In Phase 5, the following types of travellers are not required to quarantine:
  • Securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers.
  • Non-securely verifiable fully vaccinated travellers who travel from a country with vaccination rates that are 60% or higher for the first dose of the vaccine and where those travellers spent at least 14 days prior to the date of travel.
  • Caymanians/Permanent Residents who were fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (locally or overseas).
Non-securely verifiable vaccinated travellers who are travelling from a country with a vaccination rate below 60% for the first dose of the vaccine will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
Vaccinated household members are not required to quarantine but will be required to undergo a daily LFT for 10 days.
 

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)

What is LFT?
Please click here to learn more about the required LFT that must occur during the first few days of your stay.

On-Island Experience & Inter-Island Travel

Can I eat in a restaurant on the island, or is service reserved for outdoor seating only?
Currently, both indoor and outdoor seating at restaurants is available at this time. Current, COVID-19 regulations in the Cayman Islands limit indoor gatherings to 100 people. We encourage you to contact restaurants ahead of time to find out about any specific requirements or make a reservation when possible.
 
Who covers the cost of the isolation and treatment period for travellers who test positive?
Travellers are required to have medical insurance that cover all costs. All costs incurred during a traveller’s stay on-island are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
Do I need to take a certified rapid test or PCR test to travel to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman?
Effective 20 January 2022, a negative certified LFT or PCR test will be required prior to travel to the Sister Islands.

Travel & Arrival

What documents do I need to present when checking-in at the airport?
When checking in at your departure airport to head to Cayman, you will need to show:
1. Certificate to Travel issued by Travel Cayman
2. A negative PCR or certified rapid test result
3. Vaccine card/certificate
4. Plus, passport and any other standard documents required for travel.
What documents do I need to present upon arrival at an airport in the Cayman Islands?
When arrival into the Cayman Islands, you will need to show:
1. Certificate to Travel issued by Travel Cayman
2. A negative PCR or certified rapid test result
3. Vaccine card/certificate
4. Plus, passport and any other standard documents required for travel.
 
Note: You will receive a card for lateral flow testing for your time on-island. Please click here for more info.
Can I take a cruise to the Cayman Islands?
At this time, the Cayman Islands currently does not allow travellers to arrive by cruise ship. The Cayman Islands Government will evaluate and decide when it is safe for cruise travel to resume. Please check back for updates.

Leaving the Cayman Islands

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before boarding my return flight home?
Please contact or access the online resources of the appropriate border authorities of your home destination to determine reentry requirements.
 
If testing is required, click here for a list of health services providers in the Cayman Islands.
Can I take a PCR test instead of a lateral flow test for my departure criteria?
  • Where a lateral flow test or PCR test is provided by a registered healthcare provider in the Cayman Islands, a negative test result may qualify as a departure test depending on if taken within the required timeframes for their intended travel destination.
     
  • However, it should be noted that all tests for travel must meet the testing requirements for the intended travel destination, and it is the responsibility of the onward traveller to ensure that a lateral flow test will meet their requirements. In addition, for departure purposes, the onward traveller may need to show proof of the test results via a printed certificate, email or text message

Reopening Phases

How many phases are in the reopening plan? When will the next phase begin?
There are five phases in the Cayman Islands border reopening plan. Transition between phases will be determined by the Chief Medical Officer’s assessment of prevalence rates in main Cayman Islands travel markets, local vaccination rate, prevalence of variants of concern, levels of hospitalisation and death rates. For more information, please visit  https://www.exploregov.ky/reopening-plan.