Cayman Islands likely to maintain COVID-19 entry restrictions for most foreigners through at least October. Quarantine measures in place.
Alert Begins 06 Oct 2020 09:44 AM UTC
Alert Expires 03 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Territorywide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in the Cayman Islands are likely to maintain international travel restrictions for certain categories of nonresident foreign travelers through at least October. Officials are continuing the phased reopening of the territory's borders as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tourism recovery efforts, since expanding the list of permitted traveler categories Oct. 1. However, seaports remain closed to cruise ships until Dec. 31, and only the following international travelers may enter the Cayman Islands:
- Permanent residents
- Work permit holders
- Residential property owners
- Student visa holders
- Persons with close family ties to residents or work permit holders
Additional entry requirements and quarantine measures are also being enforced for approved travelers. All persons wishing to enter the Cayman Islands are required to apply to TravelTime for pre-approval by completing and online form. All arriving passengers aged five years and older will be subject to COVID-19 testing at the airport. All incoming travelers must quarantine for 16 days (comprising 14 days of quarantine with a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken on day 15). The quarantine period ends once the second negative COVID-19 test has been confirmed. Travelers may quarantine at home or in a hotel, wearing a geofencing monitoring device, or agree to isolation a government facility.
Travel disruptions are likely to persist for most foreign national business and leisure travelers. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.