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COVID Response

The Government announced a carefully planned five-phase approach to reopening the Islands to international visitors and the borders officially opened on 20th November 2021.

For additional COVID-19 updates, or to view the entire reopening plan please visit www.exploregov.ky/reopening-plan.

From 20th November 2021, The Cayman Islands entered Phase 4 of border reopening.

The Cayman Islands Plan

  • A phased approach based on the best medical science and data.
  • Ongoing assessment of crucial Public Health and Healthcare indicators.

Learn more about Phase 4


On Friday, 26th November, new regulations were issued that restrict travel from nine countries in southern Africa and one in Europe. All travellers must apply on the Travel Cayman Portal for a travel certificate which is required for entry.
Please refer to the inbound travel guidance for the Cayman Islands to determine how the regulations apply to you.

Who can travel

  • All vaccinated travellers (securely and non-securely verifiable)
  • Unvaccinated Returning Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders.
  • Unvaccinated 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)
  • No cruise travellers nor unvaccinated tourists which includes unvaccinated tourist children.
  • 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


Testing requirements have been introduced and are an essential part of the government’s layered approach to safe travel to reduce the risk of other lockdowns and border closures. These include:

  • PCR testing
  • Monitoring through geofencing technology,
  • Random checks and penalties for non-compliance
  • LFT Testing.

Read more about how Covid Testing works in Cayman


The Covid-19 quarantine process includes detailed instructions for those travelling to the Cayman Islands. There are specific approved quarantine facilities and hotels on Island and the length of time required for certain travelers depends on where you are traveling from and vaccination status. Please note the government has restricted travel from certain countries from Friday, 26th November.
For more information about quarantine in the Cayman Islands https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info

Future Phases

The transition between phases will be decided by the Chief Medical Officer’s assessment of prevalence rates in main Cayman Islands travel markets, local vaccination rate, the prevalence of variants of concern, levels of hospitalisation. Here are quick summaries of each phase:

  • During Phase 5, unvaccinated children under age 12 will be allowed to travel with vaccinated adult tourists. Cruise tourism remains prohibited.
  • During the final phase, assessment continues of COVID-19 in the local and international contexts to determine when and how to proceed with further relaxation of restrictions, including cruise tourism.