5-day quarantine only for those vaccinated in Cayman, UK

The only vaccination certificates that authorities in Cayman consider securely verifiable are those issued by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority and the UK's National Health Service.

The recently reduced five-day quarantine period for vaccinated travellers currently only applies to people who can provide vaccination certificates issued in the Cayman Islands or the UK, as those are the only ones that can be securely verified, according to officials.

Travellers who have been vaccinated in the US or other countries will not be able to avail of the five-day quarantine, and are still required to quarantine for 10 days. This will continue until such time as certificates from those countries can be securely verified by authorities in Cayman.

Unvaccinated travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Cayman.

The outgoing interim director of Travel Cayman, Matthew Hylton said, currently, only vaccination certificates issued by Cayman’s Health Services Authority and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service can be securely verified when travellers arrive at the airport.

He acknowledged that the situation could quickly change, and that Cayman, like many other jurisdictions around the world, is examining methods of verifying the variety of vaccination certificates that exist around the world.

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He said, “From a policy and operational perspective, what we’re able to securely verify at the moment is vaccinations administered by HSA, because those can be locally verified through the HSA database by HSA staff who screen for quarantine duration at the airport during the arrival process.

“As it relates to UK vaccines, the NHS app meets UK national standards and as such is accepted once a traveller is able to open the app and show their proof of vaccination.”

Travellers who have been vaccinated in the US or other countries are still required to quarantine for 10 days. This will continue until such time as those vaccine certificates can be securely verified by Customs and Border Control in the Cayman Islands during the arrival border control process.

“This is an ongoing conversation,” Hylton said. “The Travel Cayman Programme Board is exploring opportunities for securely verifying vaccination certificates from countries other than the Cayman Islands and the UK. Once it is determined that we can securely verify other vaccine certificates, the government will revisit the current provisions and adjust the policy accordingly.”

In a statement issued earlier this week as new regulations outlining the shorter quarantine period went into effect, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said, “The phased programme under the new Regulations shortens the quarantine time for those people who we can be securely assured have been fully vaccinated two weeks before arrival. Currently this is only people who provide secure evidence of vaccination from the HSA and the NHS.

“This is a small first step, and I hope it will become a lot easier as international demand for secure technologies increase.”

In that statement, Health Minister Sabrina Turner also reminded the public that while Cayman’s borders remain closed, travel is for repatriation and essential purposes only.

“Many people have been forgoing urgent travel, due to being unable to get enough time off work to fulfil the mandatory quarantine when they return. Additionally, some people have been unable to travel for elective medical procedures and this has undoubtedly had a negative mental health impact on many people,” she said.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Why even have the 10 days if you claim you can’t verify vaccination? Clearly science and facts have been replaced with opinion and politics. I feel terrible for those CI businesses who rely on tourists. Meanwhile revenue drops, debt builds and the fiddler plays on. #FantasyIsland

  2. The government continues to shoot itself in the foot. On one hand they say “we WANT tourism, we NEED tourism.” Yet they make it near impossible to renew tourism to the levels that it was before COVID. I doubt that the “repatriated” and “essential” travelers are going to be bringing in over $10 million per month.
    Mr. Hylon says that this is an “ongoing conversation” and that they are “exploring opportunities” to verify other vaccination certificates. This is the same terminology that we have been hearing from the government for MONTHS. Never any details, just these vague statements without any details.

  3. Governments always start acting rationally when they run out of the ability to spend other people’s money. This behavior will all change when the Treasury has blown through it’s reserves. Not much longer.

  4. A recent cluster of 7 cases from a depart ration flight(s). No government transparency on where these individuals came from and which vaccine they had. Not all vaccine efficacy are the same.

    All of this cluster of cases very suspicious. This flight most certainly came in from a place where vaccinations were of an inferior efficacy.

    In terms of verification of American who have vaccines given, government is far off base. Focus on those from places with low response vaccines

  5. We need to evolve our thinking and get our economy re-opened. At some point, reopening is going to become a matter of financial necessity. Then there will be a significant overhang and damage to make good. I ‘m concerned that good people in Cayman Islands are making plans to leave because our economy remains closed and because there is no plan to re-open. That’s bad for everyone. We can all see that Government needs to reveal its plan for stopping the quarantine. If few people are getting sick from COVID and dying elsewhere then the only thing to fear is fear itself.

  6. The speed of Government decision making in Cayman is laughable. California issues digital vaccination certificates with QR codes. Why on earth can’t these be recognized by the GCM border authorities immediately? If they wait for there to be some US federal initiative on this, it’ll be 2022 or beyond. Clearly there’s a desire in Cayman to be ultra-cautious and slow down the pace of normalization by keeping the border closed as long as possible. Meanwhile tourism and the economy nosedive.

  7. The Cayman Government is sadly unconcerned for its economy – thousands of jobs and millions of dollars have been lost – and particularly folks like myself in the USA are ready to come – if only you would open. And not accepting US vaccination cards? Seriously? you are the laughing stock of the world

  8. This is absolutely ridiculous! You are killing tourism from the US and other countries. Why was my US vaccine card accepted in May to allow for a 10 day quarantine vs a 14 day quarantine? It was good enough then but it is no longer acceptable? The double standards are beyond comprehension!

  9. I got tired of waiting for anything positive to happen re reopening in GC. I just spent 3 gorgeous weeks in Costa Rica and only needed to prove I had health insurance coverage for entry. I enjoyed it so much I’m thinking of selling my Cayman property and buying one there. What’s the point in owning something you can’t use?

  10. This is infuriating. Has the Cayman Government never heard of a phone call? why MUST it be an app? sure it would be easier but holy mother of god, this is unfair to us travelers who have done all the right things and are STILL being punished for it this madness. I have a vaccine card that has all the information on my vaccination status – when, where, and what. Just call the DOH and verify the certificate is authentic! life yes to function before apps, you know. I mean my goodness, how feckless does one government have to be? 6 days of quarantine is already dumb and not based on evidence, but 11 is outrageous, cruel, and with a vaccine possibly a violation of basic human rights. End this ridiculousness! This is not based on science, reason, or best practice. This is throwing darts at the wall and making policy based on there they land. insane.

  11. As a property owner in Grand Cayman, I find this infuriating. I can easily provide official government documentation of my vaccinations, but only a paper copy. I had planned to spend 3 weeks in August on Cayman checking on/ staying in our condo but the 10 day quarantine now has put that out of reach. My sincere regrets to the cleaning staff, restaurants, stores, dive operators, etc. that I would have given business to.

  12. It seems like the arrogance of the Government officials have put the re-opening plans into a spin. It’s like they think that no one is “doing COVID” better than they are. What a bunch of clowns. It’s another example of how political partisanship has destroyed any rational thought.

  13. This is an absurdly parochial stance. I am an American who got the Moderna Vaccine at Gillette Stadium under the auspices of Brigham and Women’s hospital. I have an official vaccination record stating that.

    I was happy to see the quarantine reduced so I could look at the new house I am purchasing (To replace the one we sold recently) on Grand Cayman before closing. If I can’t go there without 10 days quarantine, I am likely not to go at all. Not sure if we will complete the purchase.

  14. In my opinion, it beggars belief that vaccination documents from the USA and Canada will not be accepted to enter the Cayman Islands.
    The majority of our visitors to the islands are from North America.
    Is the government serious about rebooting the economy?

  15. We are all suffering the mistakes that government made since February, 2020. People in Cayman all seem to have memory lapses. Our first covid death came about from a cruise ship passenger. We were so interested in sucking up to the cruise ship lines and our cruise ship berthing that we volunteered to take two covid positive passengers with symptoms so that the cruise ship could re-enter the US. At that time the US banned cruise ships with positive covid patients. Adequate precautions were not taken and the staff carried the virus outside of the hospital spreading it to the community. But we listened to our politicians excuses. Hence, fear overtook the community and lockdown was implemented instead of putting the proper precautions in place and training of front line staff.

    It seems the same thing happened again mid June. A person in 14 day quarantine – which should immediately tell anyone – this person has not been vaccinated and is risky. The wrist band should have been an obvious clue! This should be Health 101 in Dr. Lee’s manual. So the immediate attendants and others were placed in quarantine. What I would like to know, was any one of the people attending to the person who collapsed wearing a mask or eye protection?

    I read a Cayman online periodical end of May , I wish I could remember the doctor. The doctor said that if a person is vaccinated, then they are no longer a host for the virus.

    Although it is rare, some people have been vaccinated and contracted covid, and even died. I have had extensive discussions with knowledgeable people and there is no answer to this. And yet people in lesser economic countries get the vaccine and die. Having grown up around the medical profession (not that I am any type of expert), I would say that this happens because of complication of undetected underlying health issues.

    To say that if someone has been vaccinated but the vaccine cannot be verified, and that person can quarantine for 10 days, and then to maintain 14 day quarantine for unvaccinated people, is ludicrous! Where is the distinction? Then to say that a person vaccinated in the Cayman Islands or the UK can quarantine for only 5 five days. Well, this poses the question, are they holier than thou because they have a vaccine from Cayman and when they travel abroad, anywhere, that they are not going to contract the virus? On the 14th June, the Premier announced a five day quarantine. Then shortly after on the 26th June, we had another potential outbreak with the quarantined person potentially infecting 14 people, the 5 day quarantine was tagged with further restrictions.

    To me it seems like this is two bites of the cherry. This is hysteria created over the person in 14 day quarantine and the lack of precaution by the attendees that government is now imposing this ridiculous restriction over the validity of vaccine is just nothing short of Socialism, bordering on Communism!

    I have been in quarantine twice this year. (Yes, my travel is urgent and required – I have no other option.) So I arrived at the airport on the 24th May. On the 12th May, I scanned my WHO international card showing my Janssen vaccine and also my vaccine card, obviously both are originals and the WHO card is stamped with the CI Dept of Health stamp. But now from my understanding, my vaccine card was accepted in May, for a reduced quarantine, but in future will not be accepted for the 5 day quarantine.

    I just think that this is a mockery. The goal posts are constantly moving and the tables continuously turning due to inadequate skills and inept vision of those in power. Hopeless……..

  16. We are all suffering the mistakes that government made since February, 2020.  People in Cayman all seem to have memory lapses.   Our first covid death came about from a cruise ship passenger.  We were so interested in sucking up to the cruise ship lines and our cruise ship berthing  that we volunteered to take two covid positive passengers with symptoms so that the cruise ship could re-enter the US.  At that time the US banned cruise ships with positive covid patients.  Adequate precautions were not taken and the staff carried the virus outside of the hospital spreading it to the community.  But we listened to our politicians excuses.  Hence, fear overtook the community and lockdown was implemented instead of putting the proper precautions in place and training of front line staff.
     
    It seems the same thing happened again mid June.  A person in 14 day quarantine – which should immediately tell anyone – this person has not been vaccinated and is risky.  The wrist band should have been an obvious clue!   This should be Health 101 in Dr. Lee’s manual.   So the immediate attendants and others were placed in quarantine.  What I would like to know, was any one of the people attending to the person who collapsed wearing a mask or eye protection?
     
    I read a Cayman online periodical end of May , I wish I could remember the doctor.  The doctor said that if a person is vaccinated, then they are no longer a host for the virus.
     
    Although it is rare, some people have been vaccinated and contracted covid, and even died.  I have had extensive discussions with knowledgeable people and there is no answer to this.  And yet people in lesser economic countries get the vaccine and die.  Having grown up around the medical profession (not that I am any type of expert), I would say that this happens because of complication of undetected underlying health issues.
     
    To say that if someone has been vaccinated but the vaccine cannot be verified, and that person can quarantine for 10 days, and then to maintain 14 day quarantine for unvaccinated people,  is ludicrous! Where is the distinction?  Then to say that a person vaccinated in the Cayman Islands or the UK can quarantine for only 5 five days.  Well, this poses the question, are they holier than thou because they have a vaccine from Cayman and when they travel abroad, anywhere, that they are not going to contract the virus?  On the 14th June, the Premier announced a five day quarantine.  Then shortly after on the 26th June, we had another potential outbreak with the quarantined person potentially infecting 14 people, the 5 day quarantine was tagged with further restrictions.
     
    To me it seems like this is two bites of the cherry.  This is hysteria created over the person in 14 day quarantine and the lack of precaution by the attendees that government is now imposing this ridiculous restriction over the validity of vaccine is just nothing short of Socialism, bordering on Communism!
     
    Since lockdown, it took me a year to get back. How in the hell was I supposed to get a vaccine in Cayman? I have lived in Cayman for 40 years. I have been in quarantine twice this year.  (Yes, my travel is urgent and required – I have no other option.)  So I last arrived at the airport on the 24th May.  On the 12th May, I scanned my WHO international card showing my Janssen vaccine and also my vaccine card, obviously both are originals and the WHO card is stamped with the CI Dept of Health stamp.   But now from my understanding, my vaccine card was accepted in May, for a reduced quarantine, but in future will not be accepted for the 5 day quarantine.  
     
    I just think that this is a mockery.  The goal posts are constantly moving and the tables continuously turning due to inadequate skills and inept vision of those in power.   Hopeless……..