GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – The government of the Cayman Islands says residents and visitors who want to leave the Cayman Islands on the national carrier Cayman Airways or charter flights will now be able to make their travel arrangements directly with the carrier and no longer through Travel Time.
Travel Time, that is run by the Ministry of International Trade, Aviation and Maritime Affairs, was established by the government at the start of this month to manage outbound and inbound travel during the time borders are closed and scheduled commercial flights are not available.
Although Cayman’s airport and seaports remain closed, the ministry said a growing number of people need to leave the islands for various reasons.
In a recent press release, the government said that in order to streamline the process, those who already applied to Travel Time for outbound travel to locations serviced by Cayman Airways can make now their own reservations.
For those who are contracting a charter service or travelling via private aircraft, flight authorisations must be granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. All outbound passengers will be subject to normal Customs and Border Control processes to leave the country.
In addition, anyone wishing to travel directly to London via the British Airways air bridge should still register with Travel Time, which works directly with the Governor’s office.
During the border closure, all international flights will continue to leave from Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman.
The release stated that Travel Time will continue to manage inbound travel for Caymanians, permanent residents and work permit holders.
A mandatory 14-day isolation period in a government managed facility is required for anyone who returns to the Cayman Islands.
Due to the high demand for these facilities, inbound travel is subject to availability of space in government isolation centres. The ministry said this means outbound travellers are not guaranteed a return on a specific data.