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The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean and the islands are a popular hotspot for tourists. But like many countries, the Cayman Islands did not make it on the travel green list from May 17.
Can I go to Grand Cayman on my holiday?
Travel to countries outside of the Government’s travel green list is not advised.
As of May 17, the Cayman Islands is included on the amber list for travel.
This means anyone travelling to Grand Cayman or anywhere else in the Cayman Islands from England will be subject to a number of restrictions.
The absence of the Cayman Islands from the green list was surprising, as the islands have vaccinated swathes of the population against COVID-19.
The Cayman Islands has administered at least 73,721 doses of COVID vaccines so far, enough to have vaccinated 56.8 percent of the country’s population, according to Reuters.
The Cayman Islands has also reported very low numbers of Covid cases in recent weeks.
According to Worldometer data, only four cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Cayman Islands on May 14.
What restrictions are in place for amber list countries?
People travelling from England to amber list countries are required to self-isolate upon their return for 10 days.
Before travelling back to England from amber list countries, a COVID-19 test must be taken.
Passengers should also book and pay for a day 2 and a day 8 travel test, both of which must be taken after arrival in England.
Passengers may be able to end quarantine early if they pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
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Are flights operating to the Cayman Islands?
Along with its amber list status, people in England will currently struggle to get a flight to the Cayman Islands.
British Airways are operating some flights to the Cayman Islands in May 2021 and June 2021, according to the airline’s websites.
According to Skyscanner, there are no flights operating from UK airports to the Cayman Islands for the rest of May 2021.
The site is also not showing any flights from the UK to the Cayman Islands for the month of June 2021.
This could be subject to change over the coming weeks.
Will the Cayman Islands be added to the green list?
The Cayman Islands could potentially be added to the green list in the next review.
Reviews of the travel list are expected to take place every three weeks.
Cayman’s Governor Martyn Roper acknowledged that that the news the Cayman Islands was missing from the green list was “disappointing”, but he said he hoped the islands would be moved to the green list in the next review.
In a statement, the Governor said: “Given Cayman’s excellent response to the COVID-19 crisis I am hopeful that Cayman will move onto the green list at the review point. My office will remain in close contact with the UK as the list evolves.”
Earlier this month The Telegraph reported that based on levels of Covid infection and the rates of variants, Fiji, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, Finland and Malta could be added to the green list following the next review.
Several Caribbean islands could also be added to the list as they are reporting very low infection rates, including Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla.
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