Last updated: 17 Feb 2021



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

COVID-19 Travel Advisory:

  • Gibraltar is presently in a lockdown which will be reviewed every seven days.

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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

Visit Gibraltar web and email: Website :  / E-mail: OR



Travel Health

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