Cayman Islands- a definitive expat guide

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

This popular tourist spot in the Caribbean is home to around 50,000 people including expats who have taken residency and employment in one of the three islands. Expats tend to love the easy going lifestyle in the Caymans. We’ve compiled some information you will need to guide you through your move.


Cayman Islands

Expat Clubs

The International Ladies Club

The International Ladies Club is open to women 18 years or aboveof any nationality living in the Cayman Islands.Its’ purpose is to create a friendly atmosphere in which women can socialize.It is a not-for-profit group and this year they are celebrating thier 25th Anniversary.

Address:Grand Cayman

Email: [email protected]


International Schools 

Cayman International School

Cayman International School, founded in 1994, is a private, college preparatory, non-sectarian, co-educational school for Nursery through Grade 12. CIS is accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. An IB World School, CIS offers the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. CIS is managed and governed by International Schools Services (ISS).

Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate

Address: 95 Minerva Dr, Cayman Islands

Tel: +345 945 4664


Grace Christian School

The school’s primary objective is to show children how to live rather than just how to make a living.  The truths of the Bible are not substituted or separated from academics at GCS.  Instead, they are integrated into the entire educational program. 

Curriculum: Beka Book

Address: 2915 Fourteenth Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31904

Tel: + 706-323-9161

Email: [email protected]


St. Ignatius Catholic School

At St. Ignatius, the holistic development of each individual is our primary purpose. Staff, from Nursery to Sixth Form strives to know and nurture each pupil, working together to promote strengths and self-worth, in mind, body and spirit. We work diligently so that all pupils leave us as discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective, creative and holistic thinkers, self-directed lifelong learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members and responsible citizens. We invite you to join the St. Ignatius Community.

Curriculum: Catholic Education

Tel: (345) 949-9250


Cayman Prep and High School

Cayman Prep & High School is a private, co-educational primary and high school catering for a range of abilities. It is owned and operated by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and has a heavy bias towards the British system of education. We continually strive to make sure that all students reach their full potential.

Curriculum: British

Primary School: +1 345 949 5932

   Email: [email protected]

High School: +1 345 949 9115

   Email: [email protected]


Triple C School

Triple C School has been providing a quality Christian education in the Cayman Islands since 1941. It was the first private school to provide both elementary and secondary education. The school, which includes Pre-School through Grade 12, is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Curriculum: North American Curriculum

Address: 74 Fairbanks Road, George Town

Tel: (345) 949 6022


Local News in English


Compass Cayman

This is an English-language news site that delivers breaking news, local news, business, sports and much more all provided by Cayman Net News.



Cayman 27

Since 1992, Cayman 27 has been providing the Cayman Islands community with news, sports, and entertainment. Our mission is to connect the Cayman Islands with the rest of the world by providing a wide range of programming on our free over-the-air network. For about two decades, Cayman 27 has been dedicated to delivering reliable, timely and unbiased news. The news team, which is responsible for producing Daybreak, Cayman 27 News, 27 Tonight and a variety of local talk shows is headed up by News Director, Ben Meade.


Cayman News Service


Country Information 

Location: Caribbean

Capital City: George Town

Other Important Cities: West Bay, Bodden Town

Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (CI$)

Language: English

Religion: Christianity

Calling Code: +345

Internet TLD: .ky

Electricity: 120V 60Hz

Emergency Numbers:   

> Hospital: 911

> Fire: 911

> Police: 911

Country Information


Electricity is provided by Caribbean Utilities Company.

Address: 457 North Sound Road, P.O. Box 38, Grand Cayman KY1-1101, Cayman Islands

Tel: +345 949 5200 +345 949 4300

Email: [email protected]


Embassy Information

Residents Visa and Work Permit information

US, Canadian and UK nationals may enter the country visa-free and stay for up to 30 days, however they must produce a proof of permanent residency in their countries. Other nationals will have to apply for a visa at a British embassy or consulate in their home or host country. Visas available are tourist, transit and student. For more information please visit here.


Permanent residency can also be applied for, if you have stayed in the country for at least 8 years. Please visit this site for more information, here.


A useful site to visit is, which goes into more detail on visa and entry requirements. You can visit the website here.


There are a number of accommodation types available for expats: resorts, hotels, villas, condos, family homes, townhomes and apartment complexes., the official site of the country, has a full listing of these properties here.

Rental properties usually come furnished however utilities such as electricity and water are paid separately. Real estate agents and classifieds are a good place to start in searching for accommodations. 

Driving License

An international driving license can be used to drive legally in the Cayman Islands, for up to 12 months. An expat’s domestic license, from a country covered by the Geneva Convention Road Traffic Agreement, can be used for up to 6 months, and then converted to a Cayman Island license by taking an exam.

It is important to note that when a person becomes a resident they may drive on their domestic licence in the Islands for a period not exceeding six months. After or during the period of six months, the new resident may drive only after passing a prescribed written test, upon which he shall, without the need for a road test, be issued with a Caymanian driver’s licence.- Cayman Islands Traffic Department

Documents required

-          Current valid driving license

-          Proof of residential status


Medical facilities, private and government-operated hospitals, are located on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. An emergency, 24 hour 911 service is also available across the islands. However there is no national healthcare service; a comprehensive health insurance that covers air ambulance, is recommended as the costs can be expensive.

For expats working on the islands, health insurance is mandatory. This can be arranged with your employer, or if yourself if you are self-employed.

The standard of care is adequate, however more serious cases are referred to Miami, USA.

Insurance Companies

Colonial Group International

Colonial Group International is a Bermuda-based company with operations in Bermuda, the Caribbean, and select international locations. With equity in excess of $180 million, CGI manages over $300 million in premium income and over $55 million in pension contributions annually. Colonial Group International is a subsidiary of Edmund Gibbons Limited in Bermuda. CGI Group companies offer business protection, employee benefits and personal insurance to protect our customers' livelihoods and lifestyles. Their products are customized to fit the needs of customers.

Address: Jardine House 33-35 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda

Tel: +441 293 2444

Fax: +441 296 6452


CINICO Cayman Islands National Insurance Company

CINICO is a government-owned company formed to provide health insurance coverage to civil servants (employees and pensioners) and other residents of the Cayman Islands who historically have had difficulty obtaining coverage through their employer or the private insurance market.

Address: Cayman Centre, First Floor, Dorcy Drive, Airport Road, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Tel: +345 949 8101

Fax: +345 949 8226



Health City Cayman Islands

Health City Cayman Islands opened its doors in February 2014 with a state-of-the-art, tertiary care hospital in Grand Cayman as a center of excellence in cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonary, and paediatric endocrinology.

Address: 1283 Sea View Rd., PO BOX 10590, Grand Cayman, KY1-1005

Tel: +345 640 4040

Email: [email protected]



Health Services Authority Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority provides care through the 124-bed Cayman Islands Hospital (104 inpatient and 20 observation beds) and the 18-bed Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac. Ancillary services are offered at district health centres, and clinics for dental and eye care. We've created this site to provide you with information about our many services.

Address: #95 Hospital Road, George Town, Cayman Islands

Tel: +345 949 8600



Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities, quality family practice and paediatric medical care. They also regularly host a variety of expert visiting specialists from around the world, offering care in many fields.

Address: 16 Middle Road, George Town, P.O. Box 273, Grand Cayman KY1-1104, Cayman Islands

Tel: +345 949 6066

Fax: +345 945 1695

Email: [email protected]



Faith Hospital

Address: Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Tel: +1 345 948 2243


George Town Hospital

Address: Hospital Road, George Town, Cayman Islands

Tel: +1 345 949 8600