‘Cane season is here, secure documents

The
Cayman Islands government is urging all residents to ensure that personal
documents are updated and always kept secure, particularly with the 2010
hurricane season now upon us. 

Government
advises that critical documents like passports, birth and marriage
certificates, or naturalization and registration certificates be kept together
in waterproof bags or containers. They should be stored securely in a place
that is easily accessible during emergencies.

As
part of readiness preparations for the current hurricane season, it is
essential to ensure that the following is done:

*Passports
and other travel documents are valid

*Holders
of Cayman Islands passports should submit only copies of those documents for
renewals. Actual passports should not be sent.

*Holders
of UK passports which will expire within the next six months should not send
them away for renewal unless each holder has a second passport that may be used
in the event of an emergency.

*Residents
should make copies of key documents, including passports, birth and marriage
certificates, naturalization and registration certificates.

*Original
documents and the copies should be stored securely, but in separate locations.

During
emergency situations, particularly approaching hurricanes or tropical storms
which may require travel or evacuation, original documents should be kept at
hand, secured in waterproof bags or containers.

Also,
those travelling to the United States, either before or immediately after a hurricane,
must ensure that their travel documents are in order. This is essential because
holders of Cayman or UK passports containing a US visitor’s visa may travel to
the US on commercial, charter or air ambulance flights; but Cayman passport
holders without a US visitor’s visa must first obtain waivers to travel to the
US on commercial or air ambulance flights.

Holders
of Cayman Islands passports should ensure that the passports are valid for at
least six months after the intended date of departure from the US.

Holders
of UK passports without a US visitor’s visa but with an approval from the
Electronic System for Travel Authorization may travel to the US on commercial
flights only. 

The
government advises that residents travelling to other countries should make
appropriate plans beforehand and should also know and comply with the travel
requirements of respective destinations.

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