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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.

Lockdown Restrictions and Curfew

  • Gibraltar is presently in a lockdown which will be reviewed every seven days.
  • There is only permission to carry out essentials such as essential shopping, medical appointments, dog walking and exercise.
  • Travel by car will only be permitted for work, medical appointments and shopping for essentials.
  • Travel to Spain is only allowed for Gibraltar residents with second homes, travel to airport and medical appointments.
  • There is a general curfew between 10pm and 6am (The only exceptions to this will be for those who are undertaking employment, for the delivery of food, to walk a dog and in cases where medical attention is required).
  • No group gatherings permitted.

Shops and Public Areas

  • All non essential retail establishements are closed until further notice
  • Essential shops (bakers, grocers & supermarkets) must close by 9pm
  • Masks are to be worn everywhere, inside and outside throughout Gibraltar
  • Restrictions on essential retail shops: controls on numbers, hygiene and entry.
  • Children's playparks are closed.
  • Over 70s and immunosuppressed are strongly advised to stay at home.

Travel measures

  • Buses are only operating for essential services.
  • Masks are required on all public transport.
  • Additional disinfection and cleaning in all areas.
  • Social distancing in all areas.
  • Must inform authorites if you have travelled outside of EU countried in last 14 days - See here

Arrival at Gibraltar International Airport

The following restrictions are currently in place: As a result of the continued rise of COVID 19 infections arising from the new strain of the virus detected in the United Kingdom (of which one instance has also been identified in Gibraltar) additional restrictions for those travelling by air into Gibraltar have been agreed between the Governments of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. The following additional restrictions have therefore been invoked and, unless passengers comply with the requirements and fall within the exemptions specified below, they will be refused entry into Gibraltar. Only the following passengers will be permitted to disembark:

1. Individuals who are registered Gibraltarians, either by birth or naturalisation;

2. Individuals with residence in Gibraltar, upon demonstrating satisfactory proof of residence;

3. Sea farer on transit to a vessel which is berthed at Gibraltar and has immigration pre clearance letter issued by the Borders and Coastguards Agency;

4. Spanish nationals who are in transit to Spain;

5. Individuals travelling to Gibraltar on transit to Spain and who hold lawful residence in Spain, upon demonstrating satisfactory proof of residence;

6. People who are carrying out a work activity in Gibraltar or who are taking up employment in Gibraltar and who provide proof on arrival;

7. Military personnel who have been issued with Travel Orders;

8. Individuals who hold an electronic letter issued by the Borders and Coastguard Agency granting that individual permission to enter Gibraltar.

The restrictions will apply from midnight on the 23rd December 2020. These restrictions are in addition to those announced by the Chief Minister yesterday in Parliament on requirements for COVID testing. 1 Negative PCR test within 72 hours, or fast test at Gibraltar Airport.

For further information please contact the Gibraltar Borders & Coastguard Agency http://www.gibraltarborder.gi/contact

 

Special measures at the airport terminal:

All Public Health advice available on the Gibraltar Airport website, on signage in all areas throughout the Air Terminal, on handouts and on the Flight Information Display Screens. Implementation of the various aviation security easements and dispensations as directed by the UK Dept. for Transport and ratified by the Civil Aviation Security Regulator here in Gibraltar.

  • Dispensers containing alcohol based gels available throughout the whole departure and arrival process in all the public areas and at staff workstations.
  • All Public Counters fitted with self-standing screens.
  • All toilets/washrooms cleaned daily periodically and available for hand washing.
  • Social Distancing mitigation via stanchions in front of every Public Counter, stickers on the floor in the queuing areas, PA announcements and enforcement using ad hoc foot patrols.
  • All trays and tables at Central Search disinfected daily.
  • All trolleys used in Arrivals and the Main Concourse disinfected daily.
  • All public seating relocated to observe social distancing with seats blanked off to achieve this.
  • All of them disinfected daily.
  • All touch surfaces, (handrails, lift buttons, door handles, etc.) cleaned regularly various times a day.
  • Staff issued with Face Shields for use when it is not possible to maintain social distances with gloves available for searching both persons and bags.

Departures to UK - Requirements of Test

The Government would also like to remind those travelling that From 4am on 18 January 2021, if you do not present proof of a negative test result, you may not be able to board and could be fined £500 on arrival into England. Full details are available by following this link: CLICK HERE

Gibraltar border with Spain

Under measures approved on 22 December 2020 by Spain, tighter restrictions have been implemented at the border with Gibraltar:

Persons who will be permitted by the Spanish authorities to cross into Spain are:

Spanish and Andorra nationals, and people with legal residence in Spain or Andorra (who will be allowed to disembark for flights or ships arriving from UK, cross border workers and legally registered Gibraltar residents. The entry of any other person, for example UK nationals who are not resident in Gibraltar will not be permitted access into Spain.

Arrival at the Gibraltar Coach Terminus:

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

Tourist Attractions:

The Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Upper Rock tourist attractions, except for the Skywalk, are currently closed. For Cable Car Covid-19 protocols and procedures CLICK HERE

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.

COVID-19 Rapid Test:

The Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service is located at Gibraltar Airport.

This service is for:

  • Airline passengers arriving and departing within 72 hours of their flight.
  • Any NON-RESIDENT of Gibraltar (no airline travel, required to have a test).

About the Rapid Test:

You must register and pay 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 £50.
  • Payment MUST be made online.

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

Self isolation and Testing Requirements for Travellers from ‘Relevant Areas’

Civil Contingencies Emergency (Corona virus Infection Risks Mitigation and Control Measures no.4) Regulations make it a requirement for any person entering Gibraltar, who has been in a ‘Relevant Area’ in the 14-day period preceding their entry, to report to Borders and Coastguard Agency or Gibraltar Port Agency if arriving by vessel.

Travellers who declare having been to a ‘Relevant Area’ will be required to adhere to the following conditions:

- Self-Isolate for five days. 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 transportation with the exception of a Gibraltar Taxi booked via the Gibraltar Taxi Association – Tel: +350 200 70027 / email: taxiassociation@gibtelecom.net You are required to inform them that you have arrived from a ‘Relevant Area’.Call 111 (or +350 200 72266 and asked to be transferred to 111) as soon as you reach the address where you will be isolating.

- If you develop symptoms or feel unwell call 111 immediately even if you have been swabbed.

- You must be swabbed on day 1 and again on day 5. - If you are not registered with the Gibraltar Health Authority(GHA) you can email any of the clinics below to arrange a private swab. You must consent to the clinic advising 111 of your result.

 

Countries exempt from the Self Isolation and Testing requirements are:

  • All EU countries, United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of man, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Australia,Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay China.

 

Stays under 5 days (for those that have visited or originate from 'relevant area' countries)

  • Those who are travelling to Gibraltar for less than 5 days will also be subject to a test on day 1.
  • There will also be a requirement to conduct a second test between day 3 to 5.
  • You must stay at your accommodation until the second test is carried. If the second result is negative, the self-isolation conditions will be lifted.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, you must remain in your room and not use any of the public areas.”

Online Passenger Locator and Relevant Area Form:

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has today introduced an online passenger locator and ‘Relevant area form’, this will replace the existing manual forms.

The government will use the information provided in the forms:

1. Contact the individual, if they or someone they have travelled with develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

2. Identify travellers arriving from ‘relevant areas’ and act where someone has been to a ‘relevant area’ and is unwilling to get tested for Covid-19 or is refusing to self-isolate.

A ‘relevant area’ means a country, area or territory outside the European Union but does not include the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. It also excludes the list of countries included in the Schedule (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China).

Passengers will only be able to complete this form once they have checked in and been allocated their seat number.

This is a free service. You do not need to pay another website or business to provide your contact details for you.

The legal requirement to complete the COVID-19 locator form and to report if you have been in a ‘relevant area’ in the 14 days period preceding entry into Gibraltar is covered under Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus)(Passenger Locator Form) Regulations 2020 and Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus Infection Risks Mitigation and Control Measures) Regulations 2020 respectively. The form and further information can be found at: www.passengers.egov.gi

Locally Registered Pleasure Craft / Small Boats - Leaving from and Returning to British Gibraltar Territorial Waters

Any locally registered small boat returning to Gibraltar after having touched a foreign port will need to submit a written report to the Captain of the Port or submit an electronic declaration into the ASYCUDA portal (HM Customs Gibraltar) before being allowed to return to their berth at any of the local Government marinas, as well as the Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club or private marinas.

The declaration or written report must be submitted at least six hours before arriving back into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Access to the ASYCUDA portal can be found on the following link

The written report (Yacht Masters Report) can be downloaded from the port website and once completed must be sent to ops@port.gov.gi.

The protocol reminds everyone that it is a requirement under the Port Rules for the master of every vessel arriving at the Port from outside the territorial waters of Gibraltar to submit a written report to the Captain of the Port.

In addition, marinas are advised that a COVID-19 protocol is to be followed. This includes:

Yachts calling into the marina must be reported to the BCA and Customs upon berthing; No-one is to be allowed to come ashore until the authorities have cleared the vessel; A symptom check-list, to include temperature checks, is to be kept on a daily basis; Any signs of illness are to be reported to the GHA by calling 111.