Introducing the Cayman Islands
Consisting of three islands located in the western Caribbean Sea lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman are conveniently located only 480 miles south of Miami, and is easily accessible via nonstop service from most travel hubs in the U.S., Canada and the UK. Detailed information about the Cayman Islands can be found on visitcaymanislands.com
Time: The Cayman Islands is in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone, five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). However, the islands do not change over to Daylight Savings Time (DST) during the summer months. Consequently they are one hour behind Toronto, Miami and New York during those months.
COVID Entry Requirements – Please Read Carefully
Current entry requirements to Cayman Islands are available on visitcaymanislands.com.
Important note: Effective Thursday, 30 June 2022, pre-arrival COVID-19 testing is no longer required to enter the Cayman Islands. However passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing full vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. A detailed list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines can be found on exploregov.ky/vaccine
Passengers must obtain a Travel Declaration issued by TravelCayman.gov.ky. Though not required to show at the airport, it is also required that all visitors have medical insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage. (Confirmation of medical insurance is part of the process when applying to Travel Cayman.)
- Documents for Entry, Customs Regulations
Documents for Entry
Visitors to the Cayman Islands are required to present a valid passport and must complete an Immigration Form upon arrival. All visitors also require a return airline ticket and a valid passport with expiry date not less than six months prior to travel.
Visitors to the Cayman Islands must declare the value of all gifts, food, spirits, liquor, and tobacco products, which they are intending to leave or consume on the islands.
The Cayman Islands do not permit the importation of live plants, unprocessed raw fruits and vegetables, spear guns, pole spears, Hawaiian slings or illegal drugs. Law strictly prohibits importation or possession of illegal drugs; violators will face prosecution by local authorities. Importation of firearms and ammunition is prohibited unless accompanied by a permit signed by the Commissioner of Police. For more details on prohibited and restricted goods are available on cbc.gov.ky
- Climate, Currency, Transportation
Average Temperatures: Winter 22°C/71°F; Summer 30°C/86°F; annual humidity 83 percent. Temperatures seldom drop below 21°C/69°F or rise above 32°C/89°F. Hurricane season is June to November. Rainy season starts in May with maximum rainfall in September/October.
The Cayman Islands has its own currency, the Cayman Islands dollar, fixed in units of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 1 and coins valued at 25, 10, 5, and 1 cents. The fixed exchange rate with U.S. currency is CI$1.00 equals US$1.25. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted however throughout the Cayman Islands at a rate of CI$0.80 cents. Taxi drivers carry conversion charts; restaurants and retailers convert charge receipts into U.S. currency prior to processing. Most merchants will give CI change for your U.S. payment – enquire before purchasing.
There are plenty of rental cars available, but renters should know that we drive on the left hand side of the road and the seat belt law is enforced on all three islands. A full listing of rental companies is available at visitcaymanislands.com. Should you choose to travel by taxi, these are readily available at hotels, restaurants and the airport. You can conveniently calculate your taxi fare ahead of your journey using the CI: GO Taxi Fare App.
- Telecommunications, Internet, Direct Dialing, Electrical Outlets
Telecommunications services are predominantly provided by FLOW and Digicel. International direct dialling and high speed internet services are all available. Many hotels have wireless internet service and mobile phones work efficiently, however roaming and data charges will apply according to your provider contract.
The international country code for the Cayman Islands is 345. To call the Cayman Islands from any international destination dial area code dial +1 345 followed by the seven-digit telephone number. For local Cayman calls within the Cayman Islands simply dial the last seven digits of the telephone number, excluding the 345.
To dial directly to international destinations from the Cayman Islands dial 1 followed by the Country code followed by the telephone number. Please check the local phonebook for a list of international country codes.
On the Cayman Islands the standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances on the Cayman Islands, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), you need a voltage converter on the Cayman Islands.
- Government, Ministers, Cayman Islands Flag and Motto
The Cayman Islands highest official is the , OBE who is the appointed representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor’s term is four years and he presides over Cabinet, the ruling body of the country.
Cayman Islands Flag and Motto
The Islands’ national motto is taken from Psalm 24 of the bible, “He hath founded it upon the seas” and represents Cayman’s Christian heritage and link with the sea.
- Culture, Culinary Capital of the Caribbean
Cayman’s heritage is that of a dependency on the sea as most Caymanian’s livelihoods came through fishing, turtle harvesting, and as merchant seamen. In 1503, during the islands first recorded sighting, Christopher Columbus named the islands Las Tortugas due to an abundance of turtles in the waters surrounding the archipelago.
Approximately 130 nationalities make up the population of 69,656 (preliminary census report), 37,000 of whom are Caymanians. At the time of emancipation, the population of approximately 900 people was split almost evenly between European and African residents. This allowed for faster integration than other Caribbean nations and resulted in a population of predominantly mixed race people.
Culinary Capital of the Caribbean
The 100 square mile territory of the Cayman Islands is known as the as it enjoys more than 200 fine dining options. The gastronomic delights range from traditional Caymanian seafood to Caribbean, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Tex-Mex and other flavours.
Cayman’s award-winning restaurants include 10 that are Wine Spectator-rated and one AAA Five Diamond Rated restaurant and with internationally celebrated chefs, acclaimed mixologists and sommeliers, Cayman is the choice of food-lovers.