As a resident returning to the Cayman Islands each
person is allowed to bring in CI$350 of new goods tax
free. If the goods you are bringing in to the island
amount to over this, a 20% fee is charged for the amount
Newcomers entering for employment
or residency for a period of more than 12 months are
able to bring in household effects duty free within
a reasonable quantity. The household effects must have
been in use by the owner for the last 6 months.
Import of vehicles will be charged
a duty of between 27½ Percent to 40 percent depending
on the value of the vehicle.
order to bring a family pet or other animal into the
Cayman Islands you will need to contact the Department
of Agriculture on Tel: 345 945-2267 Fax: 345 949-4932
for import papers and requirements.
Importing fruits or plants
To bring in fruit or plants to the island you will be
required to produce a permit from the Cayman Islands
Department of Agriculture and a phyto-sanitary certificate
issued by the relevant government department in the
country of origin. Application forms for import permits
can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture.
Tel: 345 945-2267 Fax: 345 947-1476 Address: Department
of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine/Veterinary Service
Units, P.O Box 459 George Town, Grand Cayman. Please
note that if the permit and phyto-sanitary certificate
are not produced the fruit or plants will be destroyed/confiscated.
a US citizen returning to the United States each person
is allowed to take US$800 of goods duty-free. A 10%
duty will be charged on any portion above the exemption.
i.e. Goods worth US$900 will result in a duty of US$10
(10% of US$100). In order to comply for this the US
Citizen must have been out of the United States for
at least 2 days and has not had a previous allowance
within the last 30 days. US citizens can also take in
one carton of cigarettes duty-free and persons aged
over 21 years can take back 2 litres of alcohol duty
free. Any extra cartons of cigarettes are charged at
80 cents per carton and any extra alcohol is charged
at 15% duty. Please note that turtle shells, steaks
and shell jewelry cannot be taken back into the US.
a UK citizen retuning to the United Kingdom each person
is allowed to take GBP 136.00 of goods duty-free. UK
citizens over 17 years of age can also take in either
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250g of
tobacco. UK citizens over 18 years of age can take in
2 litres of fortified, sparkling or table wine.