Cayman Travel Updates

Cayman Reopening On Hold

On September 14th the Cayman Islands government put its border reopening plan on hold, due to local covid community transmission cases. The next phase of the reopening plan will be put off for the rest of the year.

Quarantine for securely verified vaccinated travellers will be extended from five days to seven days and ‘geotagging’ of people in quarantine will be reintroduced. Other vaccinated travellers will still be required to isolate for 10 days, and unvaccinated people must quarantine for 14 days.

The full report can be found here:

If you are currently booked for travel between now and December 31, 2021 you can rebook 2022 dates at your convenience. Real time calendars for each property can be found on the individual property listing pages on www.CaymanVacation.com.

Please email us at: reservations@caymanvacation.com with your requested new 2022 dates.

Important Cayman Vaccination Travel Criteria

September 9, 2021

The Cayman Islands government has published COVID-19 Guidance: Traveling to the Cayman Islands.  

The guidance including specific details regarding accepted vaccinations and accepted “Secure verification records” are posted here:

https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-travel-reopening#securely-verifiable-vaccination-record

This information specifically applies to those traveling during the Phase 3, 4 and 5 periods between September 9, 2021 and January 27, 2022.  The 5 Phase reopening plan is available as a PDF on this page in the July 2021 update.

Highlights include:

What is a securely verifiable vaccination record?

“Secure verification” means that the validity of your vaccination record can be verified through the use of approved technological solutions.

Most securely verifiable vaccination records will contain a QR code. This code needs to be presented on arrival, either electronically on a mobile device or as a physical copy. It is strongly recommended that travelers keep a printed copy on hand for verification on arrival.

How do I know if my vaccination record can be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

The following are securely verifiable vaccination records:

  1. Vaccination records issued by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority
  2. NHS certificates with embedded secure features or those retrieved from the NHS mobile app or website which provides a securely verifiable QR code
  3. SMART Health Cards from issuers that are a part of the CommonTrust Network. This includes North American issuers, such as: 
    1. Walmart Pharmacy
    2. Sam’s Club Pharmacy
    3. State of California
    4. State of Louisiana
    5. UC San Diego Health
    6. CVS Health
    7. UC Health
    8. New York State (using the Excelsior Pass Plus platform)
  4. Vaccination records from the European Union Member States and other countries that meet the EU Digital COVID Certificate standard.
  5. Vaccination records from Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness

 It is anticipated that this list will expand as other issuers meet the Cayman Islands’ criteria for the secure verification of vaccination records. 

Is my CDC Vaccination Card securely verifiable?

No, CDC vaccination cards are not securely verifiable. 

How can I get a securely verifiable vaccination record? 

Your vaccination provider should be able to confirm whether or not they offer a securely verifiable vaccination record. 

Each traveller should confirm whether or not their vaccination record can be securely verified in the Cayman Islands before booking travel. 

What if my vaccination record can be securely verified as described but I will be quarantining with others who do not meet these requirements?

If the vaccination records of members of your quarantine group cannot be securely verified, then all members of your quarantine group are required to undergo 10 or 14 days of quarantine. The quarantine period depends on the vaccination status of all members of the group. 

What happens if I am fully vaccinated but my records cannot be securely verified by the Cayman Islands?

Travellers who are fully vaccinated but do not have a securely verifiable vaccination record will be required to undergo a 10 day quarantine period. 

Which vaccines are approved for the Cayman Islands as part of entry requirements? 

The following vaccines have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer as of 23rd July 2021:

  1. Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) (single dose)
  2. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
  3. Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (two dose)
    1. European Version
    2. SK Bio Version
    3. Serum Institute of India version ‘Covishield’
  4. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two dose).

When did the Cayman Islands begin requiring secure verification of vaccination records? 

Secure verification was introduced on 23 June 2021 through updated Regulations to the Public Health Act (2021 Revision). 

At what stage in the travel process will my vaccination record be verified?

In Phases 1 – 3 of the Reopening Plan, vaccination records will be securely verified upon arrival into the Cayman Islands by the relevant authority. 

Who developed the Cayman Islands’ processes and technology for secure verification of vaccination records? 

The verification solutions we use are approved by the Medical Officer of Health. The Cayman Islands Ministry of Health & Wellness, in partnership with Computer Services Department, developed technological solutions which enable the scanning of QR codes to securely verify vaccination records from some issuers in North America, European Union, and others. QR codes are electronic data, similar to a barcode, which can be displayed on a smart phone or by presenting a physical paper copy.

Set Up a Travel Cayman account prior to flying.

Travelers need to set up a Travel Cayman account prior to traveling to the Cayman Islands at:
TravelCayman.gov.ky
Registering to travel on Travel Cayman should not be required after January 27, 2022, when all restrictions are scheduled to be lifted.

July 8, 2021

On July 8, 2021, the Cayman Islands Premier, Wayne Panton, announced a five-phase border reopening strategy that will reopen tourism beginning on September 9, 2021.

Each phase will carry a further relaxation of travel and entry restrictions. The immediate goal is to be open to vaccinated arrivals without on-island quarantine by November 18, 2021.

The final goal is to be open to all tourists, regardless of vaccination status, by late January 2022 with no barriers to entry.

This phased approach will allow the government to assess the local impact of international arrivals, and help the tourism sector build capacity to manage higher volumes of tourists leading up to the winter high season.

The official Cayman Islands Government website for the most current updates is here: https://www.exploregov.ky/reopening-plan

For our guests with credits for future travel, please check the real-time availability of your property on our website.  Then either email reservations@caymanvacation.com, or call 888.208.8935 to rebook your dates.  Please DO NOT rebook online.