Last updated: 20 Sep 2021

Gibraltar

About

Known as the 'Rock', Gibraltar contains 143 caves, over 48km of road and many kilometres of tunnels. From rock touring, to sailing, diving, fishing and birdwatching, visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the diverse range of attractions on offer in Gibraltar.

Located at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, where Europe meets Africa, visitors are also assured of breathtaking scenery, wildlife and architecture, that captures the unique flavour of this Mediterranean city.

Take a cable-car trip to the top of the Rock; built in 1966 the Top Station is on the summit of the Rock, from where visitors can see Spain to the north and southwards to Africa. The cable-car journey stops at the Apes’ Den.

Attend the Changing of the Guards, which takes place several times daily at the Convent, residence of the governor, and formerly a 16th-century Franciscan Monastic house.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory
Capital:  Gibraltar (GIB)
Currency:  Gibraltar Pound (GIP). British Pounds are also accepted.  Any unused currency should be exchanged before leaving. 
Language:  English. Spanish is also spoken. Yanito, a local dialect, is widely spoken and is a combination of both languages. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 350
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sun in March to last Sun in Oct: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Mar 8; Apr 2, 5, 28; May 1, 3, 31; Jun 21; Aug 30; Sep 10; Dec 25-28

Side of the Road: Right.
Best Time to Go: Mediterranean Climate. March – May (Spring) and August – September (Autumn) are the best times for warm weather and off-season rates. Winters are mild. 
Best for: Nature Reserves, Cave Exploration, Architecture, Beach Relaxation
Plugs: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are in use
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, but bottled water may be preferable. 
Health: Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Public drunkenness is frowned upon. Gibraltar is a multi-cultural society. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: If travelling by road from Spain, there are often delays and long queues at the border. It is better to leave your vehicle in Spain and walk to Gibraltar. Beware of fraudsters selling “tickets” to get into Gibraltar at the border – there is no such thing. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be taken into Gibraltar by travellers aged 17 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of fortified or sparkling wine.
• 2L of wine.
• 50ml of perfume.
• Other articles up to £32
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited or restricted goods include drugs, firearms and ammunition, offensive weapons, explosives, fireworks, indecent or obscene material, fast launches, raw or worked ivory, rigid inflatable boats of 6m or more, or tobacco in commercial quantities.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 13/09/2021

Gibraltar is open for travel from most countries. Passengers are required to provide details of their recent travel history.

Green List Countries/Regions

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Portugal (Madeira and the Azores), Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United Kingdom.

Red List Countries/Regions

  • Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Amber List Countries/Regions

  • Any country not on the Red or Green lists.

Entry permission

  • Passengers who have been in any of the Red list countries/regions in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Gibraltar.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar;
    • Seafarers who are on transit to a vessel which is berthed or at anchor within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, hold a valid seafarer’s book, and have a letter of guarantee from a shipping agent registered in Gibraltar;
    • Spanish nationals or residents on transit to Spain. Residents must be lawfully resident in Spain and must be allowed to enter from Gibraltar;
    • Passengers who are carrying out a work activity in Gibraltar or who are taking up employment in Gibraltar;
    • Members of the armed forces who have been issued with a travel order that states that Gibraltar is their destination;
    • Passengers who have been granted permission by the Borders and Coastguard Agency to enter Gibraltar and is the holder of a letter attesting to that fact.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival. Passengers will only be able to complete the form after they have checked in and know their seat number.

Testing and quarantine requirements

  • Passengers aged 12 years and older must hold a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 48 hours prior to arrival. Passengers will also be required to upload the negative test result on the Passenger Locator Form.
    • This does not apply to fully vaccinated passengers provided they have not been in a Red List country in the past 10 days prior to arrival.
  • Passengers who have been in any Red list country/region in the past 14 days must report this fact to an Officer of the Borders and Coastguard Agency on arrival. They must hold evidence of booking two PCR tests prior to departure. These passengers must quarantine for at least 10 days, and submit to testing on day 1 and day 10 of quarantine. They may leave quarantine when they are advised to do so.
    • This does not apply to passengers holding evidence that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. These passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 48 hours prior to departure, and submit to testing on day 1 and day 5 after arrival, and are not required to quarantine.
  • Passengers who have been in an Amber list country/region in the past 14 days must report this fact to an Officer of the Borders and Coastguard Agency on arrival and must hold evidence of a booking two PCR tests prior to departure. These passengers must quarantine for at least 5 days, and submit to testing on day 1 and day 5 of quarantine. They may leave quarantine when they are advised to do so.
    • This does not apply to passengers holding evidence that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. These passengers must hold evidence of booking two Lateral Flow Tests online prior to departure, rather than PCR tests, and are not required to quarantine on arrival.
  • Passengers travelling from the United Kingdom who do not hold a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure must undergo a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arrival. Passengers intending to remain in Gibraltar for 5 days or longer must undergo a further Covid-19 test on day 5 after their arrival. This test may be booked here.
    • This does not apply to passengers who have been in amber or red countries in the past 14 days.
  • Passengers travelling from a Green list country/region must hold evidence of booking a Lateral Flow Test online prior to departure. They must undergo this test within 24 hours of arrival. Passengers intending to remain in Gibraltar for 7 days or longer must undergo a further Lateral Flow Test on day 5 after their arrival.
    • This does not apply to passengers who have been outside a Green list country/region the past 14 days

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by South African passport holders.
Passengers must be in possession of a valid passport. See details under British Commonwealth Countries.

Gibraltar Tourist Board (London Office)
150 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA
Tel: 0044 207-836 0777
E-mail: info.london@gibraltar.gov.gi

Visit Gibraltar web and email: Website : www.visitgibraltar.gi  / E-mail: marketing@tourism.gov.gi OR information@tourism.gov.gi

 

 

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio