Cayman Islands reopens borders Oct. 1 as part of post-coronavirus recovery plan. Quarantine measures remain in place for all travelers.
Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 06:25 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Territorywide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in the Cayman Islands reopened the borders to international travel Oct. 1 as part of the territory's post-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) economic recovery efforts. While international travel may resume, all persons arriving in the Cayman Islands must present a completed health questionnaire to customs officials upon arrival. All persons are subject to a medical examination upon arrival at the discretion of customs officials.
Additionally, all persons are required to quarantine upon arrival. While regulations allow the quarantine period to be set at the discretion of by health authorities, authorities have typically ordered quarantines to last 14 days, with persons allowed to leave quarantine upon the expiration of this period if they submit to a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test and yield negative results. While residents of the Cayman Islands who do not have symptoms of the disease may typically quarantine in a private home, all nonresidents must quarantine in a government facility. Persons who quarantine in a government facility are required to reimburse the government for the expense of their stay.
Business and travel disruptions are likely to persist even with the easing of the restrictions. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
Several governments have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Officials in the Cayman Islands began gradually relaxing internal restrictions May 4 to allow some economic recovery. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, officials may reapply the relaxed restrictions. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in further relaxation of restrictions.
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.