This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The overall level of the advice has not changed.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
Vehicles may occasionally experience delays when entering Gibraltar from Spain and vice versa. These delays normally last for no more than thirty minutes, but can be longer. It is advisable to take water with you during the hot summer months.
However this rarely affects those entering/leaving Gibraltar on foot.
Those travelling by car can find out the latest information on the queue by calling (tel: +350 42777).
You should be aware that there is a low tolerance of any alcohol or drugs-related crime e.g. being drunk in a public place. Driving with a blood/ alcohol level greater than 0.5 ml is illegal.
For more general advice for different types of travellers see the Travel Checklists
page of the FCO website.
A full valid British passport is required for all British nationals visiting Gibraltar. As Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, no prior entry visa is required for British nationals.
For further information on entry requirements, you are advised to check with either:
The Gibraltar Government Office, Arundel Great Court, 178-179 Strand, London WC2R 1EL; Tel: 020 7836 0777; email firstname.lastname@example.org
; Website: http://www.gibraltar.gov.uk
The Principal Immigration Officer, Police Headquarters, Gibraltar; e-mail: email@example.com
; tel: +(350) 725;00 fax: + (350) 45489 or +(350) 74198. (Note – during summer months, this office is open until 13:00 GMT).
Most medical problems can be dealt with locally. The main hospital is St Bernard’s at Europort (tel: +350 79700).
If you are a British nationals resident in the UK you can obtain emergency treatment in Gibraltar by presenting your UK passport as proof of residence. However, as some emergency treatment may require transfer to Spain or the UK, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which has replaced Form E111, before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. You will not be covered for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. For more information about how to obtain the EHIC please see: "Europe" and the "EHIC"
You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. NHS Direct (0845 46 47) can provide you advice on vaccination requirements for Gibraltar.
For further information on endemic diseases, like malaria, health outbreaks and vaccination requirements for Gibraltar you should check the websites of the National Travel Health Network and Centre NaTHNaC
and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel
For more general health information see: Travel Health
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. For more information see: Travel Insurance
If things do go wrong when you are overseas then this is: What We Can Do To Help
Import and Export of Goods
Gibraltar is not part of the EU Common Customs Territory.
The amount of goods (e.g. tobacco and alcohol) that you can take into and out of Gibraltar is therefore more limited than for visits between the UK and other EU countries, for example when bought tax-paid.
Importing to Gibraltar
Information on Duty Free Allowances when arriving in Gibraltar can be found at: Gibraltar Customs (importing to Gibraltar)
If you regularly enter or return to Gibraltar (ie more than once in a calendar month), you are not entitled to Duty Free Imports.
Exporting to Spain
You should declare any duty free goods to Spanish customs officers on leaving Gibraltar.
Information on the Duty Free Allowances when entering Spain from Gibraltar can be found at Gibraltar Customs (Exporting to Spain)
Exporting to the UK
If you are returning directly to the UK from Gibraltar, information on the Duty Free allowances is available at: Gibraltar Customs (Exporting to the UK)
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and as such there is no formal British Consular Representation. All consular protection services needed by British nationals are delivered by the Government of Gibraltar Civil Status and Registration Office as follows.
(Birth and Death registration enquiries:
Tel: + (350) 78303
Fax: + (350) 42706
Marriage bookings and information on marriage requirements in Gibraltar:
Tel: + (350) 72289
Fax: + (350) 42706
Tel: + (350) 51726
Fax: + (350) 42706
Tel: + (350) 51725, 51727 or 51728
Fax: + (350) 42706
Tel: + (350) 51725 or 59832
Fax: + (350) 43053
Sterling is the currency in Gibraltar, and British notes and coins circulate alongside Gibraltar pounds and pence. (NB Gibraltar notes and coins are not accepted in UK and Scottish & Northern Irish notes are not accepted by most businesses in Gibraltar.) Euros are accepted but with an exchange rate (not necessarily favourable) and change normally given in Sterling.
UK debit cards and all major credit cards are readily accepted in Gibraltar.
Office of the Governor
Office Hours: GMT:
(July-August): Mon-Fri: 0730-1330
(July-August): Mon-Fri: 0830-1430
GLOBAL TERRORISM WARNING
You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate attacks that could take place at anytime, anywhere, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
When overseas, you should always maintain at least the same level of vigilance as you would in the UK and take sensible precautions. If you see or hear anything suspicious, you should inform the appropriate authorities or security forces.
The FCO uses four broad threat descriptors to inform you of the terrorist threat overseas. See Risk of Terrorism.