|While the Cayman Island trio currently attract streams of holidaymakers to their sparkling waters and sweeping beaches, it is unlikely that the British, or anyone else for that matter, would have found these Caribbean delights quite so desirable when they were first discovered.
The turquoise waters of Grand Cayman's West Bay are backed by the long, sandy Seven Mile Beach, and, while this is the main tourist centre and highly developed, this glorious stretch of coast retains its idyllic charms.
Boatswain's Beach in West Bay is a commercial turtle farm where visitors can watch sea turtles at various stages of their development. There's also an artificial predator reef, a snorkelling lagoon, an aviary, and a cultural centre.
|Capital:||George Town (GCM)|
|Currency:||Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD)|
|Dialling code from SA:||+ 345|
|Time Zones:||UTC / GMT -5 (7 hours behind South Africa)|
|Public Holidays 2021:||
Jan 1, 25; Feb 17 Apr 2, 5; May 17; Jun 21; Jul 5; Nov 8; Dec 25-27
|Side of the Road:||Left|
|Best Time to go:||June to October|
|Best For:||Island relaxation|
|Plugs:||110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style (flat) two-pin plugs are standard.|
|Drinking Water:||Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.|
|Health:||There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.|
|Customs:||Swimwear should be reserved for the beach. Public displays of affection between homosexual couples should be avoided.|
|Local Offences / Laws:||Topless bathing is prohibited.|
|Duty Free:||The following goods may be imported into the Cayman Islands by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
• 1L of spirits or 4L of wine or 1 case of beer (up to 8L)
|Prohibited Imports:||Prohibited imports include illegal drugs, obscene publications or articles, any goods or items depicting or referring to marijuana, counterfeit money, gambling devices, turtles, turtle meat and turtle products, firearms and ammunition (unless licensed by the Commissioner of Police), bows, pellet guns and catapults, and spear guns. Restricted imports include plants, fruit, vegetables and meat, which require an import permit.|
|Prohibited Exports:||Lobster, conch or conch meat (unless in transit), and turtles, turtle meat and turtle products.|
- Passengers are not permitted to enter the Cayman Islands.
- This does not apply to:
- Nationals of Caymanian Islands, permanent residents, work permit holders and their families;
- Passengers who own residential property in the Cayman Islands;
- Visitors who have obtained permission via the Travel Cayman application form available here;
- Students with a valid visa to study in the Cayman Islands;
- Passengers with close family ties to residents or work permit holders (spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents and siblings);
- Passengers approved on the Global Citizen Concierge Program; or
- Securely verified vaccinated passengers aged 12 years and older.
- Passengers must have obtained pre-approval to travel, available here.
- Passengers must sign a statement that they either hold health insurance that includes Covid-19 coverage or that they have independent means to cover their medical, accommodation and travel costs.
- Passengers aged 10 years and older must hold a negative PCR test obtained from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to departure. The test must include the name and date of birth of the passenger, name, contact number, and credentials of the laboratory, date of sample collection and test, and the type of test (must be PCR), and sample.
- Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Passengers will be subject to a PCR test on arrival and prior to ending quarantine. Passengers may not leave the Cayman Islands until their quarantine is complete, except in exceptional circumstances.
- When submitting their Travel Cayman application form, passengers will have the option of choosing whether to quarantine in a government facility, pay to quarantine at a privately run facility, or participate in the Quarantine at Residence programme and wear a Stay Safe Cayman smart wristband.
- Passengers who hold proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (QR code to be presented either electronically on a mobile device or as a physical copy on arrival) with a vaccine approved by the Chief Medical Officer (Janssen/Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech) at least 14 days prior to travel and have received confirmation from the Travel Cayman application may provisionally qualify for a 5 day quarantine on arrival. Passengers are advised to hold a printed copy of vaccination proof.
This Information is intended as a Guideline.
SA passport holders do not require a visa.
They can stay on the island for a period of 30 days, however, they will not be able to enter the islands without a return date on their ticket and must be able to show that they have sufficient funds to live there with no need to work. If the passengers are travelling directly to the Cayman Islands, their passport only needs to be valid for the duration of their stay. Ensure there are blank pages in passport .
|Recommended Travel Vaccines:||Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio|