The good news:

Canadians travellers can now turn their dreams of visiting The Cayman Islands into reality. Both Air Canada and WestJet will resume four-hour, non-stop service from Toronto to Grand Cayman, with easy connections across Canada.

air canada rougeAir Canada Rouge sent its first direct commercial flight back to Grand Cayman from Toronto Pearson Airport this past Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Air Canada Rouge resumed non-stop service on December 4, 2021, welcomed by a delgation of officials on the tarmac. WestJet flights will begin December 16, 2021

Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman began welcoming fully vaccinated international leisure guests without quarantine on November 20, 2021.

The not-so-good news (that comes with a silver lining)

Travellers require a PCR test to enter The Cayman Islands and – at the time of publish – they'll need another to re-enter Canada. Also, visitors must take a rapid antigen test on days two and five of their vacation, and on day 10 if they remain as long. Masks and social distancing mandates were dropped on August 24, 2021. It's a high degree of precaution that may well suit Canadian travellers looking for a destination that provides strenuous safety measures. 

At the time of publish, the Cayman News Service reported 82 per cent of the population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 79 per cent have received a double-dose. Eighteen per cent have had a booster.


What’s the COVID-19 situation and protocol in The Cayman Islands?

In March 2020, the Cayman Islands government quickly closed its borders to international air and sea arrivals, resulting in the effective mitigation of COVID-19 on the country’s pristine shores. Working closely with health authorities, and the public and private sector, the Islands introduced a multi-phase plan to re-open.

Now in Phase 4 of its five-part plan, the luxury destination is well positioned to ensure a safe return to tourism, despite a recent spike in cases that is now trending downward. Public Health officials will continue to monitor the prevalence rate and spread of COVID-19. Transition between phases will be determined by a myriad of factors and is subject to change.

Travellers should reference the official website for the most up-to-date information:

All persons travelling to the Cayman Islands must: 

  1. Apply to the Travel Cayman portal for an official Certificate to Travel by requesting a Travel Declaration.
  2. Be fully vaccinated by a WHO approved vaccine. 
  3. Take a pre-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 72 hours prior to departure with a negative result. 
  4. Have suitable Medical and Travel Insurance, which you should ensure that COVID-19 is not an exclusion to the existing policies. 
  5. Take a lateral flow test (also known as a rapid antigen test) on days 2, 5 and 10 of stay. Find a list of on-island medical providers that provide LST tests here