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Latest travel advice for Gibraltar including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

2016-12-20T16:20:07.568+00:00: Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment

Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. The UK represents Gibraltar’s interests in the EU. The UK remains a member of the EU until our withdrawal is completed, so EU law continues to apply to and within Gibraltar. There have been no changes in the way people can travel between Spain and Gibraltar.

Vehicles may experience delays when entering and exiting Gibraltar due to customs and police checks. See Road travel.

There is no formal British consular representation in Gibraltar and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance. See Consular assistance.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Vehicles may experience delays when entering and exiting Gibraltar. See Road travel.

Most visits to Gibraltar are trouble-free. Violence and street crime are rare. See Crime.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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.

Travel advice help and support

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London on 020 7008 1500 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send us a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

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