Thursday 26 November, 2020

<10% of applications processed on Travel Cayman have been declined

It would come as good news to prospective travelers to the Cayman Islands that less than 10 per cent of all applications that have been processed by Travel Cayman, the cross-ministerial project launched in October to manage the gradual border reopening of the Cayman Islands, have been declined.

Travel Cayman is a temporary restriction to allow applications for travellers arriving in November to be prioritised.

The demand for travel is high. In the past week, since the online portal for processing travel requests was launched, 752 requests have been received, for a total of 1,038 travellers (including accompanying travellers). Forty per cent of these have already been processed and 290 travel approvals have been issued.

25 requests were declined because they did not meet the criteria for travel. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must be Caymanians, permanent residents, work permit holders and their families, persons who own residential property within the Cayman Islands, students with a valid visas to study in the Cayman Islands, persons with close family ties to residents or work permit holders (spouses, fianc├ęs, parents, grandparents and siblings), persons approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program or other approved visitors approved via the Travel Cayman team.

31 requests received provisional approval subject to the traveller confirming their quarantine arrangements. Inbound travellers have the option to quarantine at a Government-Run Facility (available to Caymanians and those with Permanent Residency), at a Privately-Run Hotel or quarantine in residence. For the month of November, travellers must select their preferred quarantine arrangements via the Travel Cayman portal.

36 requests are awaiting further input from the traveller prior to the certificate being issued.

Persons applying to travel to the Cayman Islands did so via the Travel Cayman site and were asked to provide basic information such as proposed travel dates, immigration status, names of others in the same travel party, and preferred quarantine option. 

The Cayman Islands Government is currently working with Cayman Airways and British Airways to establish the level of demand and quarantine arrangements required for December.

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