31st December 2020
The Cayman Islands government has received the CV19 vaccine and expects to start vaccination of the local population in January 2021. This should not take too long and we hope that government can then start to reduce the restrictions for visitors somewhat.
Crescent Beach is an approved quarantine centre. This means that long-stay guests (21 days and longer), residents taking up work permits, and persons or families joining the Cayman Global Citizen Concierge Programme can apply to travel using the government's TravelCayman website stating that they will quarantine at Crescent Beach - we will provide the necessary booking confirmation. It is necessary to be a long-stay guest since the family must quarantine at Crescent Beach for 16 days on arrival. Naturally, we are happy to help out with shopping while you are under stay-at-home restrictions. You should also NOT rent a vehicle for the period of your quarantine. Use an airport taxi to get to Crescent Beach. We have now hosted four quarantine groups with two more arriving near the end of January including a returning guest family who will complete quarantine and then stay on for a further two weeks.
8th September 2020
The Cayman Islands government is opening a second air corridor via Cayman Airways/Miami mainly for returning residents or house-owners. They are already permitting a scheduled British Airways service direct from the UK. One would assume that long-stay guests might be able to apply to travel using the government's TravelTime website. It is necessary to be a long-stay guest since the family must quarantine at Crescent Beach for 14 days on arrival. Naturally, we are happy to help out with shopping while you are under stay-at-home restrictions. You should also NOT rent a vehicle for the period of your quarantine. Use an airport taxi to drive to Crescent Beach.
6th September 2020
The Cayman Islands have no active CV19 cases and life is returned to normal no masks except in certain places like hospitals and clinics, and no social distancing. However, only returning residents are currently coming home on special but regular flights from the United Kingdom. We do not know when air corridors from the United States and Canada will re-open.
9th August 2020
The Cayman Islands government has extended the airport closure until 31st September 2020. There had been hopes to begin a test-reopening on 1st September but the inability to control the spread of CV19 in our tourist-partner countries, the USA and the UK, has caused the government to choose caution. There are now no overseas guest bookings at Crescent Beach until November 2020 and we do not know whether the restrictions will have lifted by then. We are cautiously optimistic for borders to re-open for Thanksgiving.
20th July 2020
This update primarily designed for guests who have booked to stay with us at Crescent Beach during the period October 15th to January 31st. But it is also for all currently booked guests to let you know how things are progressing in Cayman. Thank you for your patience in waiting for this information. It is a little lengthy but we want you to know where we are right now based on accurate information from our government.
As you are all probably aware, we have been refunding 100% for guests preferring to cancel or postpone their stay, and this continues. Should you prefer to cancel because of any of the information or requirements noted in the information below, please do so and come back to us when you are feeling comfortable about travelling to Crescent Beach.
Cayman Islands COVID-19 press conference Friday, 17 July 2020
The Cayman Islands government announced the phased reopening of Cayman borders to air arrivals from 1 September 2020 in a manner which will enable tourism to resume but in ways that will be the "safest possible" for both locals and the air-arrival visitors.
Special protocols will ensure that the conditions that have made the Cayman Islands one of the safest places in the world in the management of COVID-19 are not affected.
How does this affect your booking at Crescent Beach?
Here are the latest notes from the government website.
Phase One: The month of September 2020 and then until changed
Crescent Beach has no bookings for September 2020 since we had closed that period in line with government early estimates for re-opening. This information is provided to let you know why Cayman is one of the safest countries in the world today.
- From 1 September, Owen Roberts International Airport, including general aviation, will begin a "soft" reopening for at least four weeks, to accommodate returning Caymanians and residents as well as individuals with homes in the Cayman Islands. Travellers will book on air-bridge flights. There will be no regularly scheduled flights.
- All inbound travellers to the Cayman Islands will be required to obtain pre-authorisation prior to boarding their air-bridge flight.
- To become pre-authorised, travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited facility taken within 72 hours of travel. Children under 10 will be exempted from this requirement.
- The negative test result must be sent to a CIG portal for confirmation.
- Following arrival in Cayman, travellers will be required to self-isolate at their accommodation (Crescent Beach) for five days and wear a health monitoring device for continuous passive medical screening as an additional layer of safety and to further minimise risk after arrival in the Cayman Islands. After five days, they will undergo a second test, and if test negative a second time, will no longer be in isolation. However, they will continue to wear the device so that health screening can continue.
- Wedding parties of up to 50 persons may take place - the officiating officer is not counted in the 50.
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are open subject to certain social rules.
- Bring your own gear if you wish to dive - shared dive resort gear is not permitted.
Phase Two: Date announcement during Phase One based on results
- Specific airlines will receive authorisation to fly to the Cayman Islands bringing tourists.
- Following arrival in Cayman, visitors will be required to wear a health monitoring device for continuous passive medical screening as an additional layer of safety and to minimise risk after arrival in the Cayman Islands.
- No self-isolation will be required in Phase Two.
Phase Three - Date announcement during Phase Two based on results
- Conditions to be determined based on global status