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Fast Track Cayman Launched

The preclearance service is offered on select CAL flights from Miami on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Published 7th May 2018, 11:33am

Passengers traveling from Miami to the Cayman Islands can enjoy an exclusive, new service, now that the the Cayman Islands Government has launched the Fast Track Cayman pilot programme.

The new service permits the pre-screening of passengers traveling on select Cayman Airways Ltd. flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to the Cayman Islands on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration publicly rolled-out the service on Friday (20 April 2018), following the signing ceremony of the new agreement with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in January 2018.

The programme allows for Cayman Islands Immigration and Customs officers to pre-screen interested passengers at MIA and those who qualify will be expedited through the arrival process at Cayman Islands airports.

While border control officials anticipate that the vast majority of passengers will qualify to benefit from Fast Track Cayman, officers will retain authority to subject persons to traditional immigration inspection channels on arrival where circumstances warrant.

“Upon arrival at the MIA, passengers traveling on select flights will receive their Immigration and Customs declaration forms provided at the Cayman Airways check-in counter,” Chief Officer for the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration, Wesley Howell, explained.

”Interested passengers will be asked to complete their Customs declaration form for review and assessment by Customs officers during the check-in process. At their departure gate, passengers then provide the completed Immigration form to the Immigration officers at a designated check-in booth for review. If permitted, officers will endorse all travel documents for pre-clearance before boarding the flight.”

Once passengers arrive in the Cayman Islands, they will be able to use a designated Fast Track lane to exit the airport.

“The arrangements in place that allow us to deliver Fast Track Cayman are a first for both the United States and the Cayman Islands. Ultimately, this premier service aims to enhance intelligence cooperation and improve customer experience,” Acting Minister for the Ministry of Human Resources, Immigration and Community Affairs, Austin Harris, stated.

“The new Fast Track procedure was designed to make a passenger’s arrival as pleasant as their journey, and marks the start of a new era of modern intelligence-led border control with an international multi-agency approach to improving services.”

Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms, said: “As Cayman’s National Airline, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we at Cayman Airways are honoured to be the only airline partner for this historic Fast Track Cayman pilot programme. This is a unique benefit for visitors and residents alike who choose to fly with Cayman Airways from Miami to the Cayman Islands, and we look forward to a continued partnership with all parties involved.”

“We are proud to partner with the Cayman Islands Government and Cayman Airways on this expedited pre-clearance programme, which will further streamline the passport process for travelers visiting one of our top Caribbean destinations,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola said. “We look forward to seeing the Fast Track programme benefit the more than 300,000 passengers who fly between Miami and the Cayman Islands annually.”

Mr. Howell concluded: “I’d like to thank our national flag carrier, Cayman Airways, for their participation and leaders with the CBP delegation and MIA for helping bring the new arrangement into effect.”