The Caribbean is on a reopening roll. Like Belize, the Cayman Islands are preparing for a soft reopening on Oct. 1. As a part of the first phase, borders will be open to approved visitors, property owners, workers and residents. The Caribbean nation will be joining nearby islands St. Kitts and Nevis, which are also opening in October, as well as a number of other Caribbean destinations which have reopened earlier in the summer. However, there are some important restrictions, including quarantine requirements, you need to be aware of before you book your ticket to either destination.
Belize’s International Airport is currently closed for all commercial flights, solely functioning for repatriation flights. While October 1 will launch Phase 3 of its Travel Reopening Plan, tourists will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 (RT or PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure or on arrival. This will be required for everyone, including those 16 years or younger.
Prospective travelers must fill out key information prior to arrival in the Belize Health App. On arrival, all Belizeans, permanent residents, work permit holders and homeowners will need to enter a mandatory one-day quarantine for PCR test results. Tourists without a 72-hour PCR test result will need to take a rapid test. Both testing protocols, and quarantine, are at the expense of the traveler.
What’s required for travel to the Cayman Islands
Airports in the Cayman Islands are currently still closed to all inbound and outbound international passenger flights. When they begin to reopen in October, approved travelers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure. This will be required for everyone 10 years or older.
The number of people who will be allowed to visit will be capped at 800 people. Prospective travelers must fill out the TravelTime Form prior to arrival for pre-approval. Eligible travelers will include Caymanians, permanent residents, work permit holders and homeowners. It will also include digital nomads hoping to live in Cayman and work remotely through the ‘global citizen initiative.’
While Belize does away with wearable tech, Cayman Islands introduces their ‘BioButton‘ to avoid a Government Quarantine at reopening
Upon arrival in Cayman, travelers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in hotels. Travelers will also be asked to wear electronic tracking devices and may be subject to random checks. Anyone who does not want to wear a tag will be required to isolate at a Caymanian government facility. Following the isolation period, the travelers will be tested for COVID-19, and if negative, they will be released and the tags are removed.
Originally, travelers to the Cayman Islands were only going to need to quarantine for five days if they were able to present a second negative test upon arrival. Additionally, travelers were going to be asked to wear a BioButton, which is a health monitoring device for continuous screening while in the Cayman Islands. However, those plans have been scrapped.
“Given the ever-increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in many of the countries around us, particularly the United States of America and Jamaica, we have had to adjust our initial plans, especially regarding isolation,” Premier Alden McLaughlin explained in a recent briefing.
Previous articles about Belize & the Cayman Islands with updates on reopening:
- Cayman Islands offers Belize “As Many Test Kits As Needed”
- Belize & Cayman Islands Won’t Reopen As Planned
- Like Cayman Islands, Belize Will Reintroduce Travelers with Wearable Tech