Thursday 26 November, 2020

Border reopening "testing programme" passengers arrive on BA flight

Police, isolation vehicles, distanced family members, a few members of the media, passengers and the odd chicken were the among the main elements of an otherwise placid atmosphere at Owen Roberts airport, when the British Airways flight arrived with the first pilot group of inbound travelers who will be testing Cayman's new border opening regulations, scheduled to begin on October 1. 

Travelers from 20-25 households who arrived today on the British Airways repatriation flight, will engage in a trial programme for the purpose of gathering information on the new phased process that will be put in place as of October 1.

The elements of the new plan that will be looked at include 

  • the time required to process arrivals under the new procedure 
  • Assessing the airport’s capability to conduct COVID-19 tests
  • Evaluating the technology (including its ability to meet government needs) and user experience

The persons' selected for this trial period will be required to wear a monitoring device, remain in a residential facility approved by the Medical Officer of Health, remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 14-days, undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival and be retested on day-15.

Clearance will then be provided by the Medical Officer of Health, upon receipt of a negative test.

A shorter quarantine period will not be allowed, so use of the bio-button as previously mentioned will not be needed.

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