Cayman Islands

Have a safe trip with travel vaccines and advice from medical professionals.

Travel health and safety for the Cayman Islands 🇰🇾

Pristine beaches, world-class diving, and a touch of Caribbean charm. The Cayman Islands are where luxury meets laid-back chic.

Seven Mile Beach is world-renowned stretch of pristine coastline located on the western shore of Grand Cayman. Celebrated for its powdery, white sand that stretches as far as the eye can see creates a picture-perfect tropical paradise.

During the 17th century, the Cayman Islands became a favored hiding spot for pirates and privateers. The remote and uninhabited nature of the islands provided a haven for these seafaring rogues to repair their ships and restock supplies. Today, the Cayman Islands are a thriving British Overseas Territory with a high standard of living, a well-regulated financial sector, and a bustling tourism industry.

The Cayman Islands are known for their outstanding coral reefs, making them a paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Grand Cayman’s Stingray City is one of the only places in the world where you can interact with stingrays in the wild.

From the luxury of Seven Mile Beach to the wonder of Stingray City, the Cayman Islands offer an unparalleled Caribbean experience.

Travel Immunizations for Cayman Islands

What vaccines do I need for the Cayman Islands? Get all the information and vaccinations you need to minimize travel health risks.

Hepatitis A virus can cause liver disease, and in rare cases, liver failure and death.

  • Can be spread by fecal-oral transmission, consuming contaminated food or water, or close, personal contact with an infected person.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and joint pain.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that targets the liver and may cause chronic infections. 

  • Its primary mode of transmission is through direct blood-to-blood contact with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through unprotected sex or sharing needles.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, and abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting and joint pain.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

  • Spreads through respiratory droplets and direct contact with infected individuals.
  • Symptoms initially resemble a common cold, followed by a characteristic rash fever, cough, runny nose, small, white spots inside the mouth and throat red eyes, sleepiness, and irritability.

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted through animal bites.  

  • Symptoms may initially include fever, headache, and discomfort at the bite site, progressing to more severe neurological symptoms. Rabies is fatal if it is not treated before symptoms develop.
  • Rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.

Typhoid is a bacterial infection typically transmitted through contaminated food and water.

  • Typhoid vaccine is available in both injectable and oral forms and provides protection against typhoid fever.
  • Symptoms of typhoid includes: high fever, headache, weakness, fatigue, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a rose-colored rash on the chest and abdomen.

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Health Canada strongly advises travelers ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date, including:

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Guards against the varicella-zoster virus, responsible for chickenpox.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)

Protects against three different bacterial infections.

Flu (Influenza)

Vaccination against seasonal influenza strains is essential.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Provides immunity against all three diseases in one shot.


Essential for guarding against the poliovirus.


Offers protection against a viral infection that causes painful rashes.


The ongoing pandemic necessitates adherence to vaccination guidelines and preventive measures.

Cayman Islands Concerns / Health Canada Recommendations

Most common illness for travelers, from consuming contaminated food & water

  • Affects up to 70% of travelers and risks minimized with good hygiene and safe food/drink choices (eg. avoid raw foods, ice in drinks).
  • Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, bloating.

Insect Bite Prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, or flies. Cover up and use insect repellents to protect against infection.   

  • Chikungunya: Symptoms include joint pains, fever, rash, and headache.    
  • Dengue: Symptoms include high-grade fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, rash, and nausea/vomiting.    
  • Zika: Symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle, and joint pains.     
    • Typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, but also a very small risk of sexual transmission 
    • Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to countries with moderate risk, and should postpone non-essential travel to high-risk countries 

Over the Counter Medications for Travel to Cayman Islands

Pain Relief

Medications such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) can be helpful for managing headaches, muscle pain, or fever. 

Anti-Diarrheal Medications

It’s advisable to carry over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications like loperamide (e.g., Imodium) to treat mild cases of traveler’s diarrhea. However, it’s important to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if diarrhea persists or worsens. 


Antacids like Tums or Pepto-Bismol can provide relief from indigestion or heartburn, which can sometimes occur when trying new foods or experiencing changes in diet during travel. 

Allergy Medications

If you have known allergies, carrying antihistamines like cetirizine(e.g., Reactine) or diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl) can help manage allergic reactions to environmental allergens or insect bites. 

Motion Sickness Medications

If you are prone to motion sickness, consider carrying medication like dimenhydrinate (e.g., Gravol) to alleviate symptoms during long journeys or when traveling by car, train, or boat.

Sun Protection

Dominican Republic has a sunny climate, so it is essential to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Use sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing. 

Medical Services and Facilities in the Cayman Islands
  • Medical facilities and services are generally good. There are several public and private hospitals and clinics on the islands. The main Hospitals are in Grand Cayman, the sister island Cayman Brac has a smaller hospital, and Little Cayman has a medical clinic. Therefore, the medical services are more limited on the Sister Islands.
  • The Cayman Islands provide a wide range of ultra-modern medical services. Treatment is expensive, and cash payment may be required upfront.
  • Make sure you have accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and medical evacuation if required. Severe cases requiring critical care may require medical evacuation to the United States for treatment. Be aware that medical evacuations can be extremely expensive.
  • Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Medical Tourism in the Cayman Islands

Canadian citizens have died or had serious health complications following cosmetic or other elective surgeries abroad.  

Before leaving for a medical travel trip: 

  • Ensure you have researched properly
  • Use reputable healthcare providers only

Consular Assistance in Cayman Islands

Dial 911 for emergency assistance.

Street Address: 1st Floor Landmark Square, 64 Earth Close, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Telephone: (345) 949-9400

Email: [email protected] 


Street Address: 3 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica

Telephone: (876) 926-1500

Email: [email protected]


We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

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