Immigration and Entry Requirements

Immigration Laws and Residency Programs in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands, renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and robust financial sector, has become one of the world’s most attractive destinations not only for tourists but also for individuals seeking to make the islands their second home.

Understanding the immigration laws and residency options is crucial for those considering a move to this Caribbean paradise, especially for real estate property investors exploring the enticing Residency by Investment programs.

Entry and landing requirements

There are no restrictions for anyone traveling to or within the Cayman Islands.  With the lifting of coronavirus-related protocols, there are currently no regulations requiring pre-testing to enter the Cayman Islands or testing while visiting the Cayman Islands.

In compliance with the Customs and Border Control requirements, all individuals entering the Cayman Islands must present a passport or another valid document to a Customs and Border Control officer for inspection, verifying their identity, nationality, or permanent residence. The document should remain valid beyond the return ticket date.

To establish proof of citizenship or residence, one may provide a photo identification and a certified copy of a birth certificate or naturalization certificate.

Visitors need to provide a paid return ticket and may be asked by Customs and Border Control to prove they have enough funds for themselves and their dependents during their stay in the Cayman Islands.

Additionally, individuals from specific countries must possess a valid visa for entry into the Cayman Islands. Check here for a full list of visa-required and visa-exempt countries.

Individuals needing a visa for entry into or transit through the Cayman Islands should submit their applications to the nearest British Embassy or Consulate equipped with a Visa Section.

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What types of visas are available?

The primary visas for the Cayman Islands include:

  1. Visitor Visa:
    A visitor’s visa must be endorsed on the passport within three months from the date of approval. Visitors can be granted permission to stay in the Islands for up to six months, with the possibility of an extension for additional periods, not exceeding six months. Applications for extensions should be submitted to the Director of Customs and Border Control.
  1. Student Visa:
    The student visa is designed for individuals aged 18 or older planning to pursue full-time studies at a recognized educational institution in the Cayman Islands. The expectation is that students will depart the islands upon completion of their studies.
  1. Transit Visa:
    A transit visa is typically required for nationals of countries where such visas are mandatory. This visa is applicable when individuals from such countries make a brief stop in the Cayman Islands, often during a cruise vacation or for a similar purpose.


The Global Citizen Concierge Program, initially introduced to entice international digital nomads to relocate and work remotely in the Cayman Islands for a maximum of two years, has now been discontinued.

Under the Immigration (Transition) (Global Citizen Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021, the deadline for submitting applications for a Global Citizen Certificate under these regulations was set on October 31, 2022. Consequently, no new applications are currently being accepted, and the application form is now closed.

Permanent Residency Programs

These days, securing an alternative residency (and, in some instances, citizenship) and the flexibility to move from one country to another is becoming more crucial for high-net-worth individuals, their families, offices, and businesses.

Individuals and families considering moving to the Cayman Islands have different choices for long-term or permanent residency. This includes getting permanent residency after eight years or exploring residency by investing in real estate and substantial business ventures on the islands.

For individuals who qualify as “persons of independent means and investors” and aim for permanent residence in the Cayman Islands, there are four Residency by Investment Programs available under immigration laws: Certificate of Permanent Residence for Persons of Independent Means Residency Certificate for Persons of Independent Means, Certificate of Direct Investment, and Residency Certificate by Substantial Business Presence.

For further inquiries on Cayman residency and citizenship options, we highly recommend consulting with one of our preferred legal partners, Bedell Cristin Cayman.

Work Permits and Business Visitor Permits

Individuals intending to work in the Cayman Islands are required to obtain a work permit, (which is equivalent to a work visa) unless they meet specific exemption criteria.

Following Cayman immigration laws, work permits may be granted “for any occupation for periods of up to six months (Temporary Work Permit) or longer (Annual Work Permit).”

Alternatively, for those doing business in the Cayman Islands, there is also a Visitor Work Visa that allows certain visitors to conduct short-term commercial activities on the islands for up to five days without needing a work permit. However, these visitors can only engage in business with their designated sponsors. It’s important to note that holders of this visa or their potential employers cannot apply for a work permit during their stay in the Islands.

Additional details regarding immigration and entry requirements for the Cayman Islands can be found at

We are here to assist you

The Cayman Islands offers a welcoming environment for individuals seeking residency, particularly those interested in the enticing opportunities provided by the Residency by Investment Programs.

As your trusted real estate advisor, ERA Cayman Islands is here to help you choose the best property investment for your needs. Count on us for tailored professional services focused on your unique requirements and convenience.

For inquiries and more information about immigration and entry requirements to the Cayman Islands, you may reach the Immigration Department through any of the following contact details:

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