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Moving to the Cayman Islands

Each year many hundreds of people from all corners of the globe relocate to the Cayman Islands. Some move here for work, others make the move to take up residence on a dream tropical island. Whatever your situation, we are here to provide you with the information you need to make your move to the Cayman Islands smooth and uncomplicated.


The appeal of life in our little paradise is immense. Even aside from the year-round-summer climate, the beautiful beaches and the high standard of living, the Cayman Islands offer a rewarding lifestyle. World class services and amenities dovetail with a small-town atmosphere to produce a friendly, livable community.





Obtaining a job in the Cayman Islands is not a certainty as the Cayman Islands Government takes all measures to ensure that Caymanians first are employed. Nonetheless, the Government issues thousands of work permits each year to fill job vacancies.


To enter the Cayman Islands on a work permit, the prospective employee must have a job offer from a local company. The employer is responsible for applying and paying for the work permit. Permits are typically issued for a specific job title with a specific employer for a set time period.


Dependents are considered by the Immigration Board as part of the work permit. Under certain circumstances, generally depending on the job position and salary, dependents may be allowed to accompany the employee.


Cost of Living

As every single item is imported here, the cost of living is high in Cayman compared to many parts of the world.

It is wise to make a realistic budget of what you expect your expenses to be and determine whether your salary will adequately support you..


Typical Start-up Costs

New residents will need to budget for most if not all of the following items:


  • Rent – down payment and first month
  • Utilities – water, electricity, gas, plus deposits
  • Services – phoned/cellular service, internet, cable TV,  plus deposits
  • Car + insurance + driver’s licence
  • Groceries



The Cayman Islands enjoy summer weather year-round. The professional dress code in most offices is shirt and tie for men and dress/skirt or smart slacks for women. Smart casual is the dress code for most socializing. Beach wear is common on weekends and at more casual locales.


Shipping and Importing

Persons moving to the Cayman Islands may bring a reasonable amount of personal effects with them. Those entering the country to work for a period of more than twelve months are allowed to bring personal and household items into the country duty-free. Such items must be brought in within the first six months of residency. Newly purchased items may be assessed duty.


Goods can be sent to a freight forwarder or forwarding agent who handles international transport. Goods will be received through a shipping agent in Cayman via the Customs Office.


Bringing Pets With You

Many new residents choose to bring their pets along. As the Cayman Islands are rabies free, the Government Petcarefully regulates the procedures for importing animals into the country.


All pets entering the country require an import permit from the Department of Agriculture (DOA). Allow plenty of time to make all arrangements, especially where an animal will be required to go through rabies quarantine. Additionally, animals are required to get various vaccinations and treatments, must be micro chipped, and must obtain a veterinary health certificate. Complete details are available from the DOA.


Restrictions are placed on animals from certain countries as well as certain breeds of dogs. Contact the DOA for details.


Note that many rental properties do not accept pets. Be sure you have identified appropriate housing before you bring your pet to Cayman.


For further details on moving to the Cayman Islands, see Cayman’s New Resident magazine and the Government website (www.gov.ky).