Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Cayman: Information on upcoming repatriation flights (May 4)

It is clear that Cayman's borders will be closed until September.

The following flight updates were delivered by Cayman's Governor, Martyn Roper at today's coronavirus press briefing.

HONDURAS

The flight to Honduras departed today. Another departs on Friday. Both of these are full.

The Honduras flight on Friday will be bringing back a handful of locals. Bookings can be made from tomorrow.

The following information has been provided by Caribbean Airways with regards to Friday's flight:

Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) responded to the high demand for repatriation flights to Honduras by adding an extra flight from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba next week, which is already full.

“The demand for an extra flight to La Ceiba next week was based on the long waitlist we had for the first one, so the extra flight was added in order to accommodate those passengers,” explained the airline’s Executive Vice President for Commercial Affairs, Paul Tibbetts, noting that the airline is limited to carrying only 76 passengers per jet flight due to social distancing strategies for seating on board. “We will continue to evaluate the travel needs for this route and add more flights as necessary and possible, in partnership with the Cayman Islands Government and Honduran authorities”.

The second La Ceiba flight, KX3882, is scheduled to depart Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) on Friday May 8, 2020 at 12pm, arriving at Golosón International Airport (LCE) in La Ceiba at 12:25pm (La Ceiba time). Connecting flights from the Sister Islands were also added. 

Cayman Airways reminds passengers that persons travelling to Honduras must be Honduran nationals, and all passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary travel documents for entry. 

Additionally, the Honduran Government is requiring that passengers travelling to Honduras on these flights must provide a medical certificate from a local doctor confirming that they are not exhibiting any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Governor’s Office has announced that passengers on the first La Ceiba flight (scheduled for Monday May 4, 2020) must submit their medical certificate to them by Friday May 1, 2020 via email to maria.leng@fco.gov.uk. A deadline will be announced later for passengers on the second La Ceiba flight to submit their medical certificates, but passengers should make it a priority to obtain one as soon as possible. Medical certificates are also required at the time of check-in for each flight. Passengers who do not present a medical certificate will not be able to travel.

COSTA RICA

A flight with Cayman Airways to San Jose, Costa Rica has been confirmed for ‪Friday 8 May.  There are still seats available on this flight. Bookings need to be made directly with Cayman Airways on 949-2311. There might not be another flight in the near future.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

A request has been sent to the Dominican Republic Government for a flight and we are waiting for confirmation that permission has been granted. 

PHILIPPINES

The Philipines' borders are closed. This is expected to be a temporary measure. 

INDIA

The governor's office is aware that the Indian borders are reopening and is in contact with the British High Commissioner in New Delhi about potential future flights.

JAMAICA

Discussions with Jamaica are underway and news will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

ENGLAND

The governor's office has successfully arranged 2 BA air bridge flights. More will be organized in the coming months if demand is there.

Due to the success of the online tool, the Emergency Travel helpline will move to new hours ‪from Monday 4‬ ‪May.‬ Phones will be manned ‪from Monday – Friday‬ from 9am – 1pm. You can still register your details at any time via the online tool www.exploregov.ky/travel

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