Gibraltar

28 k
Population
Pound
Currency
When is the best time to visit Gibraltar?
  • The very best time to go is from June to August (neither hot nor cold)
  • A good time to go is the whole year (if you pack the right clothes)
  • This is purely from a climate point of view of course.
Safety and security

Crime

Violence and street crime are rare. However, there have been reports of people walking between La Linea (Spain) and Gibraltar at night being attacked and robbed.

Crossing between Spain and Gibraltar

Vehicles (both cars and motorcycles) may experience delays when entering and exiting Gibraltar due to customs and police checks. Take water with you during the hot summer months.

Find out the latest information on the queue by calling +(350) 200 42777, or checking the Gibraltar Frontier website and/or twitter hashtag #GibFrontier.

See the AA guide on driving in Gibraltar.

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 more limited than for visits between the UK and other EU countries.

Information on duty free allowances when arriving in Gibraltar can be found on the Gibraltar Customs website.

If you regularly enter or return to Gibraltar (more than once per calendar month), you are not entitled to duty free imports.

You should declare any duty free goods to Spanish customs officers if you are entering Spain from Gibraltar.

If you are returning directly to the UK from Gibraltar, see this information on the Duty Free allowances.

Consular assistance

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory so does not have formal British consular representation. All consular assistance needed by British nationals is delivered by HM Government of Gibraltar Civil Status and Registration Office (telephone: (350) 200 51725). Victims of crime should contact the Royal Gibraltar Police (+350 200 72500).

Birth and Death registration enquiries:

Telephone: + (350) 200 78303

Marriage bookings and information on marriage requirements in Gibraltar:

Telephone: + (350) 200 72289

email: marriages.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi

Visa information:

Telephone: + (350) 200 51726 email: visa.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi

Passport Information:

Telephone: + (350) 200 51725, 51727 or 51728 email: passports.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi

Immigration information:

Telephone: + (350) 200 51725 or 59832 email: immigration.csro@gibraltar.gov.gi

Terrorism

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

Local laws and customs

There’s low tolerance of any alcohol or drug-related crime (eg being drunk in a public place).

Entry requirements

Visas

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Gibraltar.

For further information on entry requirements, check the website of HM Government of Gibraltar.

Passport validity

You must hold a valid passport to enter Gibraltar. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Gibraltar.

Health

Most medical problems can be dealt with locally. The main hospital is St Bernard’s at Europort (telephone: +350 200 79700).

If you are a British national living in the UK you can get emergency treatment in Gibraltar by presenting your UK passport. However, as some emergency treatment may require transfer to Spain, you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) 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 non-urgent treatment.

Money

Sterling is the currency in Gibraltar. Bank of England issued notes and UK coins are accepted, and circulate mixed with locally issued notes and coins of the same value in pounds and pence. Notes issued in Scotland or Northern Ireland are not usually accepted in Gibraltar, and Gibraltar issued notes and coins are not usually accepted in the UK.

Some businesses accept euros, although exchange rates may not necessarily be favourable. Change is normally given in Sterling. UK debit cards and all major credit cards are widely accepted in Gibraltar.