Cayman Isl. Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import by passengers over 18 years of age:
- 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos, or 25 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
- 1 liter or spirits or 4 liters of wine or 1 case (not exceeding 9 liters) of beer;
- personal effects;
- only applicable to residents of Cayman Isl.: goods up to a total value of Cayman Isl. Dollar-KYD 500.-.

Exceeding allowances must be declared on arrival.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

A permit issued by the commissioner of police/district commissioner is required for the import of firearms, ammunition and explosives (other than gunpowder and blasting powder).

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES: .

Additional Information on regulations:

1. Prohibited: base or counterfeit coins, instruments and appliances for gambling, controlled drugs and utensils used therewith. Plants or plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.
2. Meat or meat products require a certificate of Wholesomeness. Import of these products and live animals must be declared to Customs and are subject to inspection by the Department of Agriculture. For more information contact Cayman Isl. Department of Agriculture or Agriculture Dept. Airport Inspections Office. For contact details please refer to Cayman Isl.: .

Export regulations:

Prohibited: The export of lobster, conch or conch meat is prohibited (unless in transit).

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply.


Birds, cats and dogs require:
1. an Import Permit issued by the Cayman Isl. Department of Agriculture. Applications should be done preferably by email to [email protected]. Passengers can apply for either a Single Entry Import Permit valid for 14 days from the date of the official Health Certificate or Multiple Entry Import Permit/Cayman Islands Animal Passport valid for a period of one year; and
2. an official Veterinary Health Certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian accredited by the official government authority of the exporting country. If not accredited, the veterinary health certificate will need to be endorsed by a veterinarian in full-time employment of the official government authority. The health certificate is valid for 14 days starting from the date of issue.
For details see

- no animal of any description may be imported from any country in Asia, Africa, Central and South America;
- the following breeds or cross-breeds of dogs, including genetic material: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in the Cayman Isl.
- baggage of transit passengers with a final destination in Cayman Brac, which is cleared at the final destination.
- baggage of transit passengers on Cubana flights.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Cayman Isl. Dollar-KYD): no restrictions.
Other foreign currencies: no restrictions.
Amounts exceeding KYD 15,000.- or equivalent must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Cayman Isl. Dollar-KYD) and foreign currencies: no restrictions.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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