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In line with the UK Government, HM Government of Gibraltar has introduced a simplified system for international travel effective from Monday 4th October 2021.

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories which will continue to be crucial in order to protect public health.

The day 5 lateral flow test has been removed, however the requirement to have a lateral flow test within 24 hours of arrival for those over 12 years of age remains.

 

Gibraltar’s safety has always been an important attraction for our visitors. Now more than ever it is important that you feel secure with us, when you decide to return to visit this magnificent destination. Here are the current measures that have been implemented and will be taken, to make you feel safe when you visit.

 

Annex A

Summary of Testing and Self-Isolation Requirements for Entry into Gibraltar

Fully Vaccinated visitors

vaccinated October 21

Unvaccinated visitors

Unvaccinated October 21

Cruise Visitors

 

 Quick Guide

 

Make sure to fill out your Passenger Locator form before departure. 

All air passengers are required to complete the passenger locator form by visiting: www.passengers.egov.gi

Please note

  • All passengers arriving in Gibraltar, regardless of age, requires a passenger locator form to be completed before their arrival in Gibraltar.
  • in respect of a child, the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is to be completed by a responsible adult travelling with the child.

 

Online passenger Locator Form

 

 

Returning to UK

Fully vaccinated passengers flying out of Gibraltar to the UK, will no longer require a pre-departure test. Unvaccinated passengers will however be required to test on day 2 and day 8 and self-isolate (test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period). Further information can be obtained by visiting the UK government travel advice: New system for international travel - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Red list of countries and territories

  • Angola,
  • Botswana,
  • Eswatini,
  • Lesotho,
  • Malawi,
  • Mozambique,
  • Namibia,
  • Nigeria,
  • South Africa,
  • Zambia,
  • Zimbabwe.

Where can I get tested?

COVID-19 Rapid Test:

The Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service is located at Gibraltar Airport. The arrival test will now incur a cost of £25 (GHA card holders / Gibraltar residents / individuals who are registered Gibraltarian, either by birth or naturalisation) and £30 for all others.

About the Rapid Test:

You must register for your test before visiting the test service unit.

  • Register at www.covidrapidtest.gi
  • A nasal swab will be taken at the Testing Service Unit.
  • You will be informed of the test result via SMS and email within 30 to 60 minutes and sent an online Certificate.
  • The price per test is £30
  • Payment MUST be made online.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service – Tel: +350 200 44038 – Website: www.covidrapidtest.gi

 

Approved List of Private COVID-19 Test Providers

Maritime Medical Services Ltd
Tel: +35054075070 email: info@mms.gi

College Clinic -
Tel: +3502007777 email: Shipping@collegeclinic.gi

Specialist Medical Clinic
Tel: +35020049999 email: info@smg.gi

We Care
Tel: +35020041448 email: info@wecare.gi

Strategic Business Consultants Ltd and MidTown Medical Clinic
Tel:+35054075044 / 00447824517165 / +350 20062222 email: info@sbcgib.com

COVID-19 - TESTING AND SELF-ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS

FOR ENTRY INTO GIBRALTAR

Applicable Regulations: Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Requirements on Entry into Gibraltar and Testing) (No.6) Regulations 2021.

Summary:

No person who has been in a red list country in the 10-day period preceding their date of arrival into Gibraltar may enter Gibraltar. The following people are exempt provided that they are able to prove to the satisfaction of an immigration officer that the person:

  • falls within the definition of a Gibraltarian pursuant to section 4 of the Gibraltarian Status Act;
  • is a lawful resident of Gibraltar;
  • is a seafarer who-
    • is on transit to a vessel which is berthed or at anchor within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters;
    • holds a valid seafarer’s book; and o has a letter of guarantee from a shipping agent registered in Gibraltar;
  • is a Spanish national and is on transit to Spain;
  • intends to transit Gibraltar for the purposes of entering Spain and the person-
    • is lawfully resident in Spain, and o is or will be allowed to enter Spain from Gibraltar;
  • is carrying out a work activity in Gibraltar or who are taking up employment in Gibraltar;
  • is a member of the armed forces and the person has been issued with a travel order that states that Gibraltar is person’s destination;
  • has, in exceptional circumstances, been granted permission by the Borders and Coastguard Agency to enter Gibraltar and is the holder of a letter, electronic or otherwise, issued by the Borders and Coast Guard Agency granting the person leave to enter Gibraltar.

 

2. Make sure to fill out your Passenger Locator form before departure. 

Applicable Regulations:Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) Passenger Locator Form) (No.14) Regulations 2021.

Summary: All air passengers are required to complete the passenger locator form by visiting: www.passengers.egov.gi.

Online passenger Locator Form

3. Arrivals from people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Applicable Regulations: Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Requirements on Entry into Gibraltar and Testing) (No.6) Regulations 2021.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated Person:

A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated when a person has received two doses of a two dose series vaccine (such as Pfizer or Astrazeneca vaccines) and 14 days have elapsed since the second dose was administered, or has received a single dose vaccine (such Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccine) and 14 days have elapsed since it was administered. COVID-19 vaccines must have received regulatory approval from a recognised body as listed in Schedule 3 of the Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Requirements on Entry into Gibraltar and Testing) (No.5) Regulations 2021.

Summary:

Arriving from a non-Red list country or territory in the 10-day period preceding entry into Gibraltar – Air Arrivals only.

Any fully vaccinated person (aged 12 years or over) who has been to a non- Red- list country or territory in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar will be required to adhere to the following:

  • You will be required to upload your valid vaccination certificate on the Gibraltar Passenger Locator Form. You should also be prepared to present your valid vaccination certificate to airline staff prior to boarding.
  • You will be required to book and pay for your COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test before arriving in Gibraltar by visiting https://www.covidrapidtest.gi.
  • You must be prepared to present your valid vaccination certificate on your arrival in Gibraltar.
  • Once in Gibraltar, you will be required to take a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of your arrival in Gibraltar.
  • If your COVID-19 test proves positive, the Contact Tracing Bureau will issue you with further instructions.
  • You may be required to self-isolate if the Contact Tracing Bureau informs you that you been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms or feel unwell call 111 immediately even if you have been swabbed. If calling from an international number, you must dial (+350) 20072266 and asked to be transferred to 111.

Arriving from a country or territory in the Red List in the 10-day period preceding entry into Gibraltar

Any fully vaccinated person (aged 8 years or over) who has been to a country or territory in the ‘Red List’ in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar will be required to adhere to the following:

  • If arriving by air you will be required to buy a pre-departure COVID-19 test and take this test within 48 hours prior to your arrival into Gibraltar. See Annex B for further details.
  • Air passengers will be required to upload a valid vaccination certificate on the Gibraltar Passenger Locator Form. You should also be prepared to present your valid vaccination certificate to airline staff prior to boarding.
  • You will be required to book your COVID-19 PCR tests before arriving in Gibraltar.
    • If you are registered with the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) you must call (+350) 20041818 to arrange your COVID-19 PCR Tests.
    • If you are not registered with the GHA you will be required to contact a private test provider to arrange your COVID-19 PCR tests. A list of approved private tests providers can be found on https://www.visitgibraltar.gi/covid-19. You must consent to the private test provider advising 111 of your result.
  • You must report the fact that you have been to a country or territory in the Red List to an officer of the Borders and Coastguard Agency.
  • You must be prepared to present your valid vaccination certificate on your arrival in Gibraltar.
  • Once in Gibraltar, you will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on the day of your arrival and on Day 5.
  • If any COVID-19 test proves positive, the Contact Tracing Bureau will issue you with further instructions.
  • You may be required to self-isolate if the Contact Tracing Bureau informs you that you been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • If you develop symptoms or feel unwell call 111 immediately even if you have been swabbed. If calling from an international number, you must dial (+350) 20072266 and asked to be transferred to 111.

 

4. Unvaccinated arrivals from a non- Red list Country or Territory in the 10-day period preceding entry into Gibraltar – Air arrivals only.

Applicable Regulations: Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Requirements on Entry into Gibraltar and Testing) (No.6) Regulations 2021.

Summary:

Any person (aged 12 years or over) arriving in Gibraltar by air and who has only been to non-Red list countries or territories in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar will be required to adhere to the following:

  • You will be required to buy a COVID-19 test and take this test within 48 hours prior to your arrival into Gibraltar. See Annex B for further details. This requirement does not apply to a child aged 12 or over but under the age of 17 who has received a single dose of the vaccine. A child who has received a single dose of the vaccine must upload proof of their vaccination status on the Gibraltar Passenger Locator Form.
  • You will be required to book and pay for your COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test before arriving in Gibraltar by visiting https://www.covidrapidtest.gi.
  • Once in Gibraltar, you will be required to take a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of your arrival in Gibraltar.
  • If your COVID-19 test proves positive, the Contact Tracing Bureau will issue you with further instructions.
  • You may be required to self-isolate if the Contact Tracing Bureau informs you that you been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms or feel unwell call 111 immediately even if you have been swabbed. If calling from an international number, you must dial (+350) 20072266 and asked to be transferred to 111.

Applicability:

Paragraph 4 does not apply to you if you have visited a country in the Red List. If you have been to a country or territory in the Red List in the 10 days preceding your arrival in Gibraltar, you will be required to follow the guidance at paragraph 5. If fully vaccinated, follow the guidance at paragraph 3.

 

5. Unvaccinated arrivals from a Country or Territory in the Red List in the 10-day period preceding entry into Gibraltar

Applicable Regulations: Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Requirements on Entry into Gibraltar and Testing) (No.6) Regulations 2021.

Summary:

Any person (aged 8 years or over) who has been to a country or territory in the ‘Red List’ in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar will be required to adhere to the following:

  • If arriving by air you will be required to buy a COVID-19 test and take this test within 48 hours prior to your arrival into Gibraltar. See Annex B for further details.
  • You will be required to book your COVID-19 PCR tests before arriving in Gibraltar.
    • If you are registered with the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) you must call (+350) 20041818 to arrange your COVID-19 PCR Tests.
    • If you are not registered with the GHA you will be required to contact a private test provider to arrange your COVID-19 PCR tests. A list of approved private tests providers can be found on https://www.visitgibraltar.gi/covid-19. You must consent to the private test provider advising 111 of your result.
  • You must report the fact that you have been to a country or territory in the Red List to an officer of the Borders and Coastguard Agency on entry into Gibraltar.
  • Once in Gibraltar, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and take a COVID-19 PCR Test on the day of your arrival and on Day 10. You must remain self-isolating until the second test is conducted and you are advised that the self-isolation is no longer required. If you are staying in a hotel, you must remain in your room and not use any of the public areas.
  • Do not use public transport with the exception of a Gibraltar Taxi booked via the Gibraltar Taxi Association – Tel: (+350) 20070027 / email: taxiassociation@gibtelecom.net. You are required to inform them that you have arrived from a country or territory in the Red List.
  • Call 111 (or (+350) 20072266 and asked to be transferred to 111) as soon as you reach the address where you will be isolating.
  • You should expect to be contacted regularly by GHA personnel during your isolation period to ensure the isolation is being complied with.
  • If any COVID-19 test proves positive, the Contact Tracing Bureau will issue you with further instructions.
  • You may be required to self-isolate if the Contact Tracing Bureau informs you that you been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms or feel unwell call 111 immediately even if you have been swabbed. If calling from an international number, you must dial (+350) 20072266 and asked to be transferred to 111.

Applicability: Paragraph 5 does not apply to you if you are fully vaccinated in which case you must follow the guidance in Paragraph 3 above.

 

6. Instructions applicable to Seafarers

Applicable Instructions. Gibraltar Port Authority – Port Circulars

7. Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) Regulations.

Note that Emergency regulations lapse at the end of the period of 30 days beginning with the date on which they are made or at such time as may be specified in the regulations. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that they follow the most up to date regulations. Latest regulations can be accessed by visiting: https://www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi.

ANNEX B

Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing Requirement

You will need to buy a pre-departure COVID-19 test and take this test within 48hours prior to your arrival. This requirement does not apply to any fully vaccinated passenger who has not been to a country or territory in the Red List in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar.

When boarding your plane, you will need to provide proof that you have taken the test, and that the result of the test was negative. You will also be required to upload your test result on the Gibraltar Passenger Locator Form. You may also be asked to provide proof of a negative test when you arrive in Gibraltar.

 

The type of test you will need to buy

The test you buy must meet standards of ≥97% specificity and ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

Suitable tests include:

  • a nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
  • an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device, though many lateral flow devices may not meet the standards needed – you must check the test you buy meets standards of ≥97% specificity and ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml

You may not be able to travel if the test you buy does not meet these standards.

A list of private providers of COVID-19 testing in the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing. If you are travelling from outside the United Kingdom, the foreign travel advice pages on gov.uk will have the latest updates about where you can buy COVID-19 tests in the country you are travelling from.

 

What your test result must include

Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish.

You must provide your original test result certificate. This can be a paper test result, or an original result you have had in an email or text message.

The test result must include:

  • our name, which should match the name on your travel documents
  • your date of birth or age
  • the negative result of the test
  • the date the test sample was collected or received by the company or business who did the test
  • the name of the company or business who did the test and their contact details
  • the name of your test device

If your test result does not include all these things, you may not be able to travel to Gibraltar.

 

Positive test results

If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive COVID-19 cases.

If the result of your test is not clear, you must take another test.

 

Previous positive test results

If you have recently tested positive for coronavirus and more than 10 days have passed since your positive test, you may be concerned that you will test positive pre-departure and this will prevent you from travelling. Evidence of prior infection does not remove the requirement to provide a negative pre-departure test to travel to Gibraltar, or once in Gibraltar. This is to mitigate against the risk of re-infection with a different variant of coronavirus.

If you have had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, we would recommend that you select a lateral flow device (LFD) for pre-departure testing, as LFDs are significantly less likely to give persistent positives for someone who has tested positive within the previous 90 days. As above, LFDs must meet the minimum standards of 97% specificity and 80% sensitivity.

 

Children

Children under 12 do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling (under 8 if the child has been to a country or territory in the Red List in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar). Children aged between 12 and 18 must take a COVID-19 test before travelling. Proof of the child's negative test result must be shown by an adult travelling with the child upon arrival in Gibraltar.

Children travelling from a non-Red List country who are aged 12 or over but under the age of 17 who have received a single dose of the vaccine, are also exempt from taking a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Proof of the child’s vaccination status must be uploaded on the Gibraltar Passenger Locator Form.

 

Fully Vaccinated Passengers

The requirement to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test does not apply to any fully vaccinated passenger who has not been to a country or territory in the Red List in the 10 days preceding their arrival in Gibraltar.

 

Cruise Terminal Protocols

  • A maximum of 200 people will be allowed in the Cruise Terminal at any given time.
  • All terminal doors will be opened to provide good air circulation throughout the terminal.
  • Visitors will be asked to respect the 2 metre social distancing rules within the terminal.
  • A max of 4 people will be allowed in the toilets at any given time.
  • Hand sanitisers must be used before entering and leaving the toilets.
  • Passengers on pre-booked tours will be escorted through the terminal building to the dispatch area by a member of the shore excursion team.
  • Masks must be worn inside the cruise terminal.

Arrival at the Gibraltar Coach Terminus:

Social distancing, additional cleaning and hand sanitising measures are in place.

Tourist Attractions:

The tourist attractions are all open. Please find more inforamtion over at : https://www.visitgibraltar.gi/see-and-do

Hotels:

Hotels are currently following standard protocols on: Social distancing and cleaning to ensure your safety. There are signs in all public places advising on social distancing and other measures. Hand sanitisers are available in many public areas.

Shops and Public Areas

  • All non essential retail establishements are now opened.
  • Masks are to be worn in shops and public transport.
  • Restrictions on essential retail shops: controls on numbers, hygiene and entry.
  • Children's playparks are now opened.

Local travel measures

  • Buses are now operating as normal with 50% capacity.
  • Masks are required on all public transport.
  • Additional disinfection and cleaning in all areas.
  • Social distancing in all areas is advised.