Country Guide: Cayman Islands

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Updated: November 18, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Detailed Inventory
  • Invoices (new goods)
  • Customs Import Entry form, if applicable
  • Appointment of Agent form, if applicable
  • Customs Import/Export Declaration
  • Declaration of Unaccompanied Personal Effects, if applicable
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB)


Specific Information

  • When establishing residence in the Cayman Islands, household goods and personal effects moved within the first 6 months of residence are exempt from duties if the following conditions apply: − Imported items are used personal belongings older than 6 months including computers and furniture (proof of date of purchase may be required). − Vehicles, alcohol and tobacco are not included in the duty exemption.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  •  Vehicle Title / Registration
  • OBL / AWB


Specific Information

  • Duties are approximately 27.5% of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Official Health Certificate for Animal, Bird or Fish / Phytosanitary Certificate for Plant or Plant Product
  • CITES Certificate, if applicable
  • Import Permit obtained from the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture


Specific Information

  • The Import Permit must be obtained prior to the import of any live animal, bird, fish, plant or plant product.
  • Imported species are required to undergo inspection and must be accompanied by an original copy of an Inspection Certificate.
  • The Inspection Certificate must be issued by the Agricultural Authority at origin.
  • Dogs and cats must be at least 10 months old for import.
  • An Import Permit application must be completed and submitted with an official Health Certificate and rabies report plus required fees.
  • Dogs and cats must be permanently identified with a microchip transponder or tattoo; contact destination agent for specific requirements.
  • Pets must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian using an approved inactivated vaccine.
  • A blood test must be taken within 30 days after the vaccination to check for protective antibodies against rabies; approved laboratories must be used.
  • Pets are eligible for entry 6 months after the date of the blood test showing a successful result. Rabies vaccinations older than 1 year or blood test results older than 2 years prior to import will be accepted.
  • Contact Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture, Grand Cayman Islands for more information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms, ammunition, bullet proof vests and gun powder (an Import Permit and License signed by the Commissioner of Police is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Controlled or illegal drugs or paraphernalia
  • Obscene publication and articles
  • Items depicting any reference to marijuana
  • Counterfeit coins and notes
  • Items for gambling
  • Turtles and products related thereof
  • Spear guns and Hawaiian slings and parts

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.