Expats should secure all travel documents

Hurricane season is upon Cayman

Foreign nationals are being
reminded to ensure that their travel documents are in order.

Copies should be made of key
documents – including passports, birth certificates, work permits and drivers’
licenses – and stored in a safe place, separate from the originals. The
original documents should be kept with you in waterproof bags or containers
during any emergency situation, particularly in the event of an approaching
hurricane or tropical storm.

For those people who may wish to
travel to the US either before or immediately after a hurricane, it is
essential that your documents are in order. It is extremely unlikely that
anyone without appropriate documentation will be allowed to enter the United
States in any circumstances. Those who do plan to travel to the US should also
be aware that the Visa Waiver Programme only operates for commercial flights
and they should therefore also obtain a US visa if travelling on charter or
private flights. Those nationals looking to travel under the VWP should also
apply online for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

British passport holders should
note that an application for a passport renewal has a four week turnaround
time. To avoid applicants being without travel documents during the hurricane
season only, applicants will not need to send their current passports with the
renewal application. However, a photocopy will still need to be sent. The old
passport must only be used for emergency travel. This is because the passport
issuing system will electronically cancel the old passport when the new one is
being processed and applicants risk travelling on an invalid travel document.
US Immigration will accept a machine-readable British passport with at least
one month’s validity. British passport holders should note that all renewals
are now processed by the British Embassy in Washington. Details of this service
can be found at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk 

Nationals of other countries should
also give consideration to applying for a new passport if you intend to visit
your home country over the summer. The following nationalities are represented
in the Cayman Islands:

Austria: Contact Martin Richter at
[email protected] or by calling 949-9333 during business hours. New
Austrian biometric passports will require a visit to an Austrian passport
issuing authority in order to record biometric data.

Barbados: Contact Wingrove Hunte on
926-8303, or e-mail [email protected]

Brazil: Contact [email protected]
or call 949-9876 during business hours.

Canada: www.jamaica.gc.ca or call the
consul on 949-9400, or e-mail [email protected] The Consulate of Canada is
at Landmark Square, 3rd Floor, 64 Earth Close (off West Bay Road past the
Strand), Seven Mile Beach. Open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 1pm. Canadian
nationals can register while visiting or living abroad at www.travel.gc.ca

Germany: Contact Christiane
Schuette-McField on 945-0115, or 925-0790 or at [email protected]

Honduras: Contact Miguel Brown at
[email protected] or 939-7914 or 546-3127

India: Contact Krishna Mani at [email protected]
or 945-1565 or 916-8709

http://www.jaconsulatecayman.org/m1a.html Jamaican Consulate: Dot Com Centre at
342A Dorcy Drive in the Industrial Park – Contact Elaine Harris on 949-9526.
Emergency travel documents can be issued within 24 hours with proper proof of
Jamaican nationality and identification, and the passport renewal time is two
to three weeks.

Philippines: E-mail Art Ursua at [email protected]
or call 925-8279

Spain: Contact Garth Arch at [email protected]
or call 949 2400

Switzerland: For Consular and
administrative information, contact the Consulate General in Atlanta, USA on
1-404-870-2000 or e-mail [email protected] There is a turnaround time for
three to four weeks for new passports. New biometric passports will require a
visit to a Swiss passport issuing authority in order for biometric data to be
captured. Further information can be found at www.eda.admin.ch/atlanta For on
island emergencies contact Peter Schmid on 949-1841 or 326-4385 or by e-mail
[email protected]

UK: Call the Cayman Islands Passport
Office at 943-7678 or visit the Office at Sussex House, Elgin Avenue, George
Town, or for other consular information contact Melenie Mylrea on 244 2431
during business hours, [email protected]

http://kingston.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html Contact Dee Duggan
on 945-8173, [email protected] The US Consular Agency is at the Cayman
Centre, Unit B-1, 118 Dorcy Drive

The Governor’s Office would like to
remind all other foreign nationals in the Cayman Islands that the advice above
also applies to them. If you have not already done so, you should consider
registering with your nearest consular mission. Further details can be found on
your own government web pages.