For tourists wishing to visit the Cayman Islands, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
On 8th July 2021 the Cayman Government unveiled a five-phase reopening plan for Cayman's borders. While transition through the phases remains dependent on the local and international Covid-19 climate, the plan puts forward target dates for a return of tourism to the Cayman Islands.
Each phase outlines a gradual easing of restrictions and return of tourism - beginning with a reduced quarantine period and leading up to a full lifting of quarantine measures and requirements slated for November 18th, 2021.
At the moment Cayman is only open to returning Caymanians, Residents and Work Permit Holders and those with close ties to the country.
From the 9th September, and subject to a local vaccination rate of 80%, the Cayman Islands will start to welcome securely verified vaccinated travellers back to the Islands. There will be limited flights and visitors will still be required to quarantine for five days.
On the 14th October Cayman will remove quarantine requirements for all securely vaccinated travellers. There will still be a 10 day quarantine period for unverified vaccinations and a 14 day quarantine period for unvaccinated travellers.
The final phase which is effective from the 18th November, will allow unvaccinated children under age 12 to travel to Cayman with vaccinated adult tourists with no quarantine requirements. Unvaccinated travellers over 12 years old will still have to quarantine for 14 days. At this time there will still be no cruise tourism in the Cayman Islands.
A progress assessment will be carried out on 27th January 2022 and pending the local and global Covid-19 climate, there will be a further relaxing of restrictions and a reopening to cruise tourism. The dates set forth by the Government represent a best-case scenario, and may be adjusted.
For a detailed breakdown on the five-phase reopening plan, see Cayman Resident’s Covid-19 information pages.
For the most up-to-date information on the Cayman Islands response to the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit Cayman Resident.
During normal times Grand Cayman is well serviced by a number of international airlines, and local airline, Cayman Airways, offers direct flights to a number of destinations.
The main gateway to Cayman is Miami, with at least four flights per day between the two destinations.
Cayman Airways is the national carrier and offers direct flights to 12 destinations: Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Miami, Chicago (Seasonal), Cuba (Havana), Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay), Honduras (Le Cieba and Roatan), Denver (Seasonal), New York, Dallas and Tampa. Guests can check-in two bags free up to 55lbs each, and receive complimentary rum punch on-board.
Please note that some airlines and destinations only operate in high season which is generally from December to April.
The average cost of a return ticket from Miami is US$400, from New York US$350 and from London US$1,500. Also, please note that these are average prices and will vary according to high or low season.
The flying time from Miami to Grand Cayman is 1 hour and 5 minutes. The journey from London takes 10 hours (including 45 minutes on the tarmac in Nassau). From Toronto, the flight time is 4 hours. Just under 4 hours from New York.
Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport is a relatively busy airport for a Caribbean island. The airport is located in the capital, George Town, and is approximately five minutes from downtown and a 15 minute drive from Seven Mile Beach.
In March 2019, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new airport terminal which can now accommodate up to 2.7 million passengers a year. In 2020 the runway was extended and resurfaced, and a blast deflector was added.