What You Need to Know About Reopening

When the island reopens, you’ll wish that you were here.

If you are wondering when the Cayman Islands will reopen to tourists, the good news is that it’s closer than you think.

The Cayman Islands will reopen to fully-vaccinated tourists without quarantine on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

For now, unvaccinated children will not be permitted to travel upon reopening. While Cayman could relax this policy prior to the holidays, families with unvaccinated minors should not book until at least mid-January. Stay tuned.

Know Before You Go

Fully vaccinated travelers eager to return to the island upon reopening must provide the following:

  • ⇒ Proof of vaccination,
  • ⇒ A negative PCR test result taken 72-hours prior to travel,
  • ⇒ Pre-register travel and vaccination status with Travel Cayman, the government’s online travel portal, and
  • ⇒ Submit to rapid lateral flow testing on Days 2, 5, and 10 while on-island.

The lateral flow testing requirement was announced by the government last week. While it might seem inconvenient, these tests are less invasive and only take 15-minutes to produce a result. These tests can be submitted as proof of a negative COVID test for return flights home if taken 72-hours prior to departure.

We are partnering with the government to provide a convenient solution at no cost for our villa guests. Additional details to follow.

Occupancy Tax Savings!

Now for some really good news: the Department of Tourism has agreed to waive the mandatory 13% occupancy tax on all accommodations through the end of the year!

If you book over New Year’s week, we can only charge tax on the days after January 1.

A 13% discount can translate into significant savings for November and December arrivals to splurge on a private chef or a charter to Stingray City.

Nov. & Dec. Flights to Cayman

JetBlue, Cayman Airways, British Airways, Air Canada, and WestJet have all scheduled weekly flights to Grand Cayman for mid-November and beyond. These will be the most reliable airlines for travelers returning to Grand Cayman.

For details, grab our one-sheet of confirmed flight schedules and take the stress out of travel planning.

Outlook for 2022

As we approach the holidays, we expect the number of direct flights from major US cities to increase considerably. United is currently taking reservations on flights beginning February 12. American begins direct flights on Feb 17. Delta begins direct service to Cayman on March 5.

With more flights comes an increased demand for accommodations. And, we are already seeing early demand for summer 2022.

Our advice for families with unvaccinated children is to book accommodations soon for Spring Break 2022 and beyond. Should restrictions remain for unvaccinated children, our flexible cancellation policy has you covered. You can choose to either: 1). defer your stay at no cost for later in the year, or 2). request a full refund less a 3.50% processing fee.

To book your private paradise, search online for villa availability or call our reservations team toll-free at 1-866-358-8455.

When the Cayman Islands reopen, we don’t want you to be left out in the winter cold!