Tourists will have another possible winter destination after the Cayman Islands announced it will drop quarantine for fully vaccinated tourists from November 20.
The stunning Caribbean islands have had entry restrictions since the pandemic began, but as the nation enters phase 4 of its reopening plan, tourism can finally resume.
The Minister for Tourism and Transport Kenneth Bryan said, “The health and security of our residents and visitors have always been the government’s number one priority, and our Covid experience throughout the pandemic has been exemplary to date.”
“With a high percentage of the population now vaccinated, we are keen to relax the current restrictions and move to Phase 4 of our reopening program on 20 November. This will bring an important return to normality for travel and tourism on the islands in time for the holidays.”
What’s more, the Cayman Island’s Director of Tourism Rosa Harris stated, “We are excited to share the many beautiful experiences of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac – the stunning beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, wonders of nature and expansive culinary choices.”
“Our repeat visitors and new guests who are interested in visiting our dynamic island trio, may now enjoy our world-class destination and warm hospitality. We await your arrival so you may have sweet dreams in Cayman,”
The Full Entry Requirements
Fully vaccinated travelers can enter the Cayman Islands without mandatory quarantine from November 20, 2021. The local authorities will accept the following proof of vaccination:
- Certificates issued by the UK’s NHS with embedded secure features or those retrieved from the NHS app or website which provides a securely verifiable QR code
- Vaccination records from the E.U Member States and other nations that meet the EU Digital COVID Certificate standard
- Certificates issued by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority
Travelers will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and travelers must declare their travel and vaccination status via Travel Cayman.
The current travel restrictions require verified fully vaccinated travelers to quarantine for 7 days, unverified fully vaccinated travelers to quarantine for 10 days, and unvaccinated travelers to quarantine for 14 days.
The Cayman Islands began a phased reopening on September 9, 2021. But, the nation has kept travel restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists until now
The COVID-19 Restrictions On The Ground
The majority of travelers are trying to find nations with low COVID-19 restrictions and a feeling of normality — and although the Caylan islands still have restrictions — the restrictions are relatively relaxed.
- Anyone over five must wear a mask or cloth face-covering in a public place
- Passengers of taxis and omnibuses must wear masks and face-coverings when using the transportation
- The Cayman Islands are currently limited indoor gatherings to 100 people, and 250 people in outdoor gatherings
- The Cayman Islands require social distancing in all public places
The COVID-19 Situation In The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands have largely prevented COVID-19 from causing any issues within the country due to strict border closures.
There have only been 1,279 cases and 2 deaths since the pandemic began, and the current 7-day case average is only 20.
The Cayman Islands has fully vaccinated 81.7 percent of its total population, with over 111,000 vaccine doses given and 53,684 citizens fully vaccinated.
The Cayman Islands is another destination for millions of U.S tourists this winter as the world reopens, and most of the Caribbean eases entry restrictions.