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The Owen Roberts International Airport in the Cayman Islands. (Photo: Cayman Compass)

Cayman Islands to reopen borders in September

The Owen Roberts International Airport in the Cayman Islands. (Photo: Cayman Compass)

The Government of the Cayman Islands will reopen its borders to international travel starting September 1.

Aerial view of coastline of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (Photo: The Guardian)

Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, who made the announcement on Friday, said the reopening will come in phases.

 “The prospect of reopening is a subject of concern to many in our communities,” said Kirkconnell at government’s COVID-19 press briefing, adding that government has noted the COVID-19 situation in North America and beyond.

“Safety and security will remain the main drivers in decision making.”

– Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell

“We also recognise that keeping our borders closed indefinitely is not reasonable, sustainable and cannot continue from an economic standpoint.”

One of the measures that will be taken once the borders reopen include having passengers take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before entering the country.

Visitors will also be taken to a monitored self isolation for five days, following which they will be given another COVID-19 test and if negative, they will be permitted to leave.

The Government does not have a pre-set number of visitors it intends to allow to travel to Cayman during the first phase.

Instead, that number depends on a number of variables, including the number of people who leave on repatriation flights. “Safety and security will remain the main drivers in decision making,” Kirkconnell said. 

“We prefer to err on the side of caution.”