Joining an increasing checklist of locations within the Caribbean which might be easing entry necessities for vaccinated American vacationers, the Cayman Islands have now lifted its strict post-arrival testing regime. The measure, which was seen a main journey barrier, meant all arrivals have been required to get examined previous to departure, after which once more on days 2, 5, and seven of their trip.
A British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands comprise 3 islands within the Western Caribbean. The largest of them, Grand Cayman, is a widely known sunny break amongst Americans. With seashore resorts straddling its shoreline, numerous scuba diving and snorkeling hotspots, and simplified Covid entry restrictions, it might lastly see vacationers coming again in droves.
Traveling To The Cayman Islands Just Got A Lot Easier For The Vaccinated
As a results of coronavirus instances falling persistently in the previous couple of weeks, which point out the Omicron wave may need peaked within the islands, the Caymanian authorities selected lastly scrapping on-island testing for the vaccinated. Before February 18, all these arriving within the Cayman Islands have been required to current a detrimental antigen or PCR check, in addition to taking additional antigen exams on days 2, 5, and seven of their keep.
Now, the latter is not vital. While pre-departure testing continues to be required, the necessity for extra testing has been eliminated for “securely verified travelers“. In different phrases, those that have been vaccinated towards Covid and are in a position to show their vaccination standing to frame authorities when arriving within the Cayman Islands can anticipate to bypass the on-island testing mandate.
On high of that, vaccinated vacationers who arrive straight in Cayman territory by way of a Grand Cayman entry level additionally not must endure testing when visiting Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, the 2 different islands within the territory. The up to date tips brings the Cayman Islands in keeping with 3 other trendy Caribbean destinations which have began eradicating restrictions for worldwide vacationers.
In abstract, guests will now must current the next at any entry level:
From February 28, travelers will also have the option to take a molecular test, equivalent to an RT-PCR, inside 72 hours of their flight, although for now the one-day testing window nonetheless applies. When unable to succeed in the Cayman Islands straight, passengers on connecting flights should certify that their layover doesn’t exceed twelve hours.
At this time, unvaccinated guests aren’t allowed to journey to the Cayman Islands, until they’ve “close ties” to the island, equivalent to household residing there. In that case, they are going to be anticipated to isolate for a full week as soon as arriving. For extra data on quarantine necessities within the Cayman Islands, unvaccinated Americans allowed to go to should confer with this page.
Additionally, these arriving from nations and territories with vaccination charges decrease than 60% for the primary dose are additionally required to quarantine for 7 days, no matter vaccination standing. Countries such because the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom all have vaccination charges greater than 60%, which means residents of those nations who arrive straight from them are not affected.
Easing Of Travel Rules Brings The Cayman Islands In Line With Official WHO Recommendation
As the Caribbean as a complete sees off Omicron, nationwide governments have turned their efforts to advertise their nations as protected, easy-to-reach, and bureaucracy-free locations. Even although PCR testing and vaccination proof are nonetheless obligatory for Americans touring to the Cayman Islands, the easing of the post-arrival testing regime is unquestionably a constructive signal, and a sign that the widespread Caribbean getaway could also be following WHO advice.
Recently, WHO (The World Health Organization) urged nations to chill out journey guidelines, particularly these regarding testing necessities that place a “financial burden” on vacationers. Even although the Cayman Islands’ determination to simplify measures on the border stems from a extra favorable epidemiological situation, it’s nonetheless aligning itself with WHO suggestion, a technique or one other.
Ever for the reason that pandemic first began, the Caymanian administration has not hesitated to impose harsh curbs on social life to guard its 66,000+ residents, together with curfews which have made it tougher for the native tourism sector to get better. Most of those restrictions are actually gone, with guests with the ability to have a near-normal expertise when visiting.
On the opposite hand, a ban on cruise ships docking in the island stays in tempo, in addition to limits on social gathering. This restrict has elevated to 500 individuals indoors and 1,000 individuals outside, which means massive scale occasions can return. International flights have additionally resumed and most classes of international vacationers can now go to the Cayman Islands, together with Americans and Canadians, so long as they meet the necessities set out on the border.
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