• Tony

Cayman border update - June 2021

The Cayman Islands Government held a press conference on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, speaking on the COVID19 situation, and what the first steps are in a cautious and phased reopenings strategy for the islands.

  • As of Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the quarantine period for vaccinated persons arriving to the island will be reduced to 5 days. This applies to residents of the Cayman Islands, relatives, and property owners presently.

  • For unvaccinated persons, the quarantine will remain at 14 days.

  • The Government will continue to use percentage of the population vaccinated as a key metric for it’s reopening date.

  • 72 hour pre-departure testing will be required piro to getting on an airplane for the Cayman Islands.

  • No arrival testing will be conducted

  • Testing will occur when leaving quarantine.

Premiere Wayne Panton made a statement that the previous Government’s census data was incorrect, and estimated the current census of the Cayman Islands at 71,100 persons. This is an increase in the previous estimate of 65,000 persons, which means that more persons need to be vaccinated to achieve the 70% community threshold.

Mr Panton went on to say, the Government is still unsure if it will use the 70% or 80% community vaccination standard. This means that 10,000 to 17,000 additional persons need to be vaccinated to achieve their goals.

On the positive side, several factors will help the vaccine progress:

  • Vaccines are now available to 15-17 year olds in the Cayman Islands.

  • Vaccines are now mandatory for work permit holders in the Cayman Islands.

  • Multiple vaccine incentives are in play, including a vaccine lottery with a 10,000 USD cash prize for any resident of the Cayman Islands who has been vaccinated by the Cayman HSA.

Government understands the importance of remobilizing the tourism sector, but insists on doing this in a controlled manner. Mr. Panton concluded by saying that a phased reopening plan for tourism would be announced in the next few weeks, and their target date for tourist reopening would be mid-September presently.

Lastly, and I can't state this enough - the mid September date is not a firm reopening date, so don't start booking flights. If you recall, back in January we were told we'd be opening in March 2021. This is an targeted reopening date, and likely can change.