Myth: I don't need a passport to fly to the Cayman Islands if I’m a UK, US or Canadian citizen.
Everyone flying to the Cayman Islands, including children, must have a valid passport, and airlines may refuse to board passengers without one. Ask your travel agent to explain how to apply for a passport, or check your country’s foreign affairs website. US citizens can visit http://travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778). Canadian citizens can visit www.voyage.gc.ca. Whichever country you’re traveling from, make sure you apply for or renew your passport well in advance of your trip.
Myth: No one needs a visa to enter the Cayman Islands.
Many visitors do not need a visa, including those from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Austria, France, Greece, and Germany. But please be aware that visas are required for visitors from some countries, so it is highly recommended that you check the Cayman Islands Immigration website to see if your country is included on the list that requires a visa, and apply well in advance of any planned trip.
Myth: I don’t need money – I’ll just sleep on the beach.
Cayman is not the place to come without any funds at all. Visitors are not allowed to camp in the Cayman Islands – on the beach or anywhere else – and while there are some reasonably priced accommodations, there are no youth hostels. Plus, when you arrive you may be required to show immigration officers that you have a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination outside the Islands, and that you have enough funds for your stay in the Cayman Islands, or that a resident is sponsoring your visit.
Myth: Vaccinations are mandatory before you travel to Cayman.
Thankfully, the Cayman Islands are virtually free of tropical diseases and vaccinations are not mandatory to enter our islands. However, germs are notoriously rampant on airplanes and taking a regular flu shot before you travel might be a good precautionary measure.
Myth: It’s OK to use drugs in the Cayman Islands
Authorities here will take action if you bring drugs into the islands or use them while you are here. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in the Cayman Islands are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.