The Cayman Islands has officially entered Phase 5 of the destination’s strategic phased reopening plan, effective Jan. 20, 2022. Under this new phase, children aged 11 years and younger will be permitted to travel to the destination accompanied by vaccinated adults regardless of the child’s vaccination status. In addition, quarantine requirements for all travelers are shortened from 10 days to seven days, and testing protocols have been altered—now requiring travelers to submit a lateral flow test (LFT) on days two, five and seven of their stay.
“These changes outlined in Phase 5 of the Government’s reopening plan will make it much easier to travel to our destination with children and allow families to enjoy a well-deserved, relaxing holiday in Cayman once again,” said Hon. Minister Kenneth V. Bryan in a press release statement. “Family travel is an important segment of our tourism industry, and these new protocols will bring a range of encouraging benefits to Caymanians and our tourism partners. We are very excited to usher in this new phase and remain optimistic for the future of Cayman tourism.”
Traveling with Children
Under Phase 5, children aged 11 and younger are permitted to travel to the Cayman Islands regardless of the child’s vaccination status, provided they are traveling with a verified, fully vaccinated adult. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be required to undergo the same testing requirements as adults, while children below the age of 5 are not subject to pre-arrival, or onsite testing.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
As of Jan. 20, all inbound travelers aged 5 years and above must provide a negative pre-departure test, either a certified rapid test/LFT or PCR test, taken no earlier than the day before departure. Convenient, video-proctored at-home tests have been made available by AZOVA Inc.
On-island testing requirements have also been adjusted. Travelers to the Cayman Islands must complete a certified LFT through an approved provider on days two, five and seven of their visit, but a test on day 10 is no longer required. If the traveler tests positive, the PCR test confirmation and any additional testing to exit quarantine will be covered by the Cayman Islands Public Health Department. Children aged 4 years and under will not require testing. Children between the ages of 5 years to 11 years will be required to undergo the same testing requirements as adults.
For more information, visit visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/travel-requirements.