Gibraltar Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 during Daylight Saving Time between late March and late October)

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs most commonly in use are the round two-pin type or the rectangular three-pin plug typical of Europe and the UK respectively.

Money: The official currency is the Gibraltar Pound (GIP), which is divided into 100 pence. UK notes and coins are also accepted and have the same value, but Gibraltar Pounds are not accepted in the UK and any unspent Gibraltar Pounds should be changed before leaving. Euros are also widely accepted, and foreign currency can be exchanged at any one of the numerous banks or exchange bureaux in town. ATMs dispense both GIP and Euros. All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Currency Exchange Rates

GIP1.00 = USD 1.28GBP 1.00CAD 1.68AUD 1.88ZAR 18.71EUR 1.16NZD 2.02
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English is used for official purposes and in schools, but Spanish is also widely spoken.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid on arrival in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport valid on arrival in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid on in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian nationals require a passport valid on arrival in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens must have a passport that is valid on arrival in Gibraltar. A visa is required, except for holders of a multiple-entry UK visa. Those travelling with a visa issued by the Republic of Ireland under the British Irish Visa Scheme are also exempt from attaining a visa, granted this document is valid for a period of six months and during the time of intended travel to Gibraltar, and that Ireland (Rep.) has been travelled to prior to arrival in Gibraltar.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is on arrival in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid on arrival in Gibraltar. No visa is required.

Passport/Visa Note: Visitors requiring a visa to enter Spain should be aware that by crossing into Gibraltar they have officially left Spain, and will require a new visa to cross back over the border. Visitors with a multiple entry visa for the UK, and those with indefinite leave to stay in the UK, do not require a separate visa for Gibraltar. Visa-exempt visitors will be issued an entry permit to cover the period of stay, for short stays. Travellers entering Gibraltar from the UK or Spain should note that these countries may require a longer period of passport validity than Gibraltar does. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: No vaccinations are required for travel to Gibraltar. Tap water is chlorinated, but it is advisable to start with bottled water. British nationals are entitled to free emergency treatment upon presenting proof of residency in the UK. EU citizens can receive treatment on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Health insurance should cover the cost of a transfer to the UK if required.

Tipping: A service charge is generally included in restaurant bills, but it is usual to leave an extra 10 percent tip for good service.

Safety Information: Travel to Gibraltar is generally trouble-free. There is a risk of international terrorism and visitors should be vigilant to ensure safety in public places and tourist sites. There are very few incidences of street crime or violence. Authorities on both sides of the Spanish/Gibraltar border often delay vehicles and it is usually better to leave one's car in Spain and walk to and from Gibraltar to avoid lengthy queues. There is no 'ticket' necessary to enter Gibraltar from Spain and visitors should be aware of tricksters trying to sell any such thing at the border.

Local Customs: Gibraltar is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, generally tolerant of all sorts of social and religious customs. Public drunkenness is severely frowned upon.

Business: Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and business is conducted in a similar fashion to in the UK. A formal dress code is advisable by default as the island has a strong military culture. A firm handshake is the norm for both men and women and there's no ritual surrounding business cards, even though they are exchanged. Punctuality is expected. General business hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Communications: The international dialling code for Gibraltar is +350. City codes are not required. Internet access is widely available.

Duty Free: Travellers to Gibraltar over 17 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 200g smoking tobacco; one litre spirits or liquers, or two litres of wine and two litres of sparkling or fortified wine; and 50g perfume.