Cayman Islands to Remain Closed Till the End of October
The Cayman Islands has extended its closure by at least another 30 days, Canada-based travel and tourism website Travelweek reports.
The Caribbean destination says that “having continually monitored the rate of infection in other countries, particularly in the United States where the pandemic is still widespread, Cabinet has taken the decision to extend the Islands border closure for an additional 30 days, until 1st October 2020, at which time a further decision will be made.”
Repatriation flights continue, and anyone wishing to travel inbound onboard a repatriation flight must register their inbound travel request with TravelTime, and complete the online form at exploregov.ky/traveltime in order to receive pre-travel approval. Travellers who have not completed this process will not be permitted to board a repatriation flight.
While the borders remain effectively closed, the Cayman Islands has issued a reminder that anyone entering the destination must be quarantined for 14 days in a government facility and will require a negative PCR test prior to returning to their own accommodations.
“From the outset of the pandemic the government has placed the highest priority on public health and safety and we are approaching the reopening of the Islands borders with the same degree of due care and attention,” says Minister of Tourism, Moses Kirkconnell.
He adds: “It is unfortunate that this decision had to be taken but we believe it is the most prudent thing to do given the environment beyond our shores. Waiting to open our borders is allowing us to learn from the experiences of other countries and is ensuring that sufficient time is allocated to putting all of the necessary precautions in place to keep our Islands safe and people protected.”
The Cayman Islands government says it is “aware that some airline website are offering flights to the Cayman Islands and accepting future bookings. The public is reminded that while the Cayman Islands borders remain closed, approval has not been granted for the operation of any commercial flights.”
It says that travellers who make reservations directly with any airline while the Islands borders are closed are doing so at their own risk.